Wednesday, January 27, 2010

- Hunter Valley & Sydney Sights -

The Hunter Valley is a maze of wineries, restaurants, and galleries so it was really really hard to decide where to visit. We finally we chose to call into the local cheese factory complete with taste testing!! Ooo yummy... it was too much indulgence and what to buy for later?? Eventually we settled for a triple Brie and a blue cheese i cant remember the fancy name of!

Next we wanted to have lunch at winery we had heard of however we ended up having a taste for beer and head out to the Blue Tongue Brewery! It was pretty good.. we bought a tasting paddle, which was 6 shooters of every beer they make and at the end you receive a free middy of your favourite beer. We ordered a lovely lunch to go with our beers and enjoyed the country side before the place got too busy! There is so much to see and taste in the valley, though we decided it was best to press on and save the pennies.

(The Blue Tongue Brewry Tasting Plate.)

We began to drive into the outer suburbs of Sydney and made our way out to Palm Beach, where Home & Away is set. Its a beautiful place at the end of a peninsula, and after a drive round and few photo's we decided to head off in search of a place to stay. Then DISASTER struck, we had no brakes!! We had to pull into a nearby park and investigate, soon realising we had lost all the brake fluid and a "special part" was broken! The timing couldn't have been any more annoying! Friday afternoon on a long weekend... eventually we organised a tow truck & somewhere to stay. Ahead was a nervous wait until Monday to see if & when it could be fixed!

(Summer Bay... Ah I mean Palm Beach...)

We thankfully found a place to stay in Cremorne, just north of the city. This proved to be quite handy for planning our exploration of the city. On the Sunday the weather was a bit drizzly which wasn't all that good for photo's however it was a nice change to the heat we had been experiencing lately. We bought tickets for the city explorer bus which you can hop on/off all day, included with this was a number of discounts to venues all over the city. So off we went... the first stop was the Opera House looking out to the Bridge. It was pretty awesome to be finally here after all this time and was a great starting point for our day. We continued onto the Sydney Museum & the Australian Museum which had some great exhibitions on. We had brunch in Kings Cross & went shopping at the Beautiful Queen Victoria Building which covers an entire block. However i think the biggest highlight of the day was heading out to the Australian Maritime Museum where we had the opportunity to explore the James Craig tall Ship, the replica of the Endeavour, HMAS Vampire & the Submarine HMAS Onslow and then through all the displays inside! It was an amazing day topped off with drinks on Darling Harbour!

(Street views, including the Sydney Tower.)

(Even though the weather was miserable, the view was still spectacular.)

(Fountain in Kings Cross near where we had brunch.)
(The marvellous Queen Victoria Building.)

(The Endeavour Replica.)

(Ready to sail the seven seas.)

(It was fun exploring the confined spaces of the SUB.)

The following day was dedicated to getting the car back on the road, after hours waiting and a small fortune taken out of my bank account we were back on the road! It was a pretty good feeling to have the car back and we wasted no time and headed for the hills to begin our next adventure!!

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