Hunter Valley Wine Yards in Australia

Wineyards of Hunter Valley

Wineyards of Hunter Valley

Initially, we scheduled just 3 days in Sydney. However, a good advice of a friend from Australia was hunter valley, with the quote “if you have enough time”. Well, we didn’t have but we created. This cost us the famous Ayers Rock of Australia, but everything has a price right?

We woke up at a perfectly bright October morning once more in Sydney. Our tour guide and transportation today was from AEA Luxury Tours. It was a two hours drive from Sydney, but took a bit longer with a stopover at Australian Reptile Park, which you can read from my previous post.

Hunter Valley is a very wide valley of wine area, with which there are hundreds of wine yards to visit and some local stores to buy local or international food, art work, natural pharmacy, clothes and stationary.

Yummy stores

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop is a yummy store

Tasting some cheese

Tasting some cheese

Our first stop at the valley was to Cellar Door to taste some cheese and wine, with a lovely view of the valley. Pity that, it is impossible to carry the cheese, all the way back home, but we bought some coconut pastes and oils, with different kind of nuts and some crackers with various flavors from Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop.

Visiting Tempus Two

Visiting Tempus Two

And the first cellar to visit was the Tempus Two Cellar Door.

Lovely weater

Lovely weather

Exploring

Exploring

The clouds and the grape fields, the blue sky and already a bit drunk, we left the area for our next stop for lunch.

I want to write another post about Bimbadgen Estate, where we had a very nice lunch, but for know, let’s go on with the afternoon.

Pepper tree shop

Pepper tree shop

Our first stop in the afternoon was Pepper Tree Wines, this time tried some white.

Tasting white wine at pepper tree

Tasting white wine at pepper tree

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Everywhere so nicely taken care of

Everywhere so nicely taken care of

Flowers so colorful

Flowers so colorful

Our final stop of the day was at Hunter Valley Gardens shopping village where there were many fine art shops, a bookshop, a chocolate shop, many restaurants and cafes and a pharmacy. All worth to visit.

Shouldn't be missed

Shouldn’t be missed

 

 

Blue Mountains Bush Walk day in Australia

On our second day in Sydney Australia, we woke up on a nice Sunday morning, to have a lovely breakfast at our hotel Quay West Sydney. Today our plan was to visit Blue Mountains, a world heritage and a lovely natural area, sure to be visited in a trip to Sydney. Once more, we were picked up by a car and a driver, this time from Mount ‘n Beach Safaris company of Sydney.

Our first stop was Featherdale WildlifePark, to be introduced to the famous wildlife animals of Australia. First impression was very good for all of us. As you may have guessed, we have never seen any kangaroos, koalas or any other Australian animal before. So it was nice to feed them, touch them and get so close to them. However, the park we went a day after was much more interesting, clean and enjoyable to visit. So, wait for my next posts, before deciding to go!

Before wind

Before wind

After wind

After wind

Before reaching to Blue Mountains Scenic World, we did a short break to enjoy some view of the valley on the way. Lovely view, with infinite forest and a very dangerous wind.

Lovely nature

Lovely nature

Our final stop of the day, where we were gonna spent a half day was the Blue Mountains Scenic World, which includes skyways, railways, cableways, and a comfortable walkway in the forests of Blue Mountains, together with some shopping opportunities to do and some picnic tables, to enjoy our sandviches.

Skyway with glass floor

Skyway with a glass floor

Among these, Skyway was by far the best view and the best experience to offer, with a glass floor to step on.

View from Skyway

View from Skyway

View of the mountains

View of the mountains

Me

Me

What is Switzerland doing here?

What is Switzerland doing here?

Have you been to Swiss Alps? We did a lovely holiday about 5 years ago to Luzern and visited Pilatus with the vehicles very similar to here. I may write about it too sometime later. So here is the reason. All rides were made by Swiss and this bell was a present to the park.

Children sure will enjoy this trip

Children sure will enjoy this trip

Our son loved the day

Our son loved the day