OUT AND ABOUT IN NSW

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One of my resolutions for 2013 is to explore the suburbs close to where I live. I have noticed that my husband and I tend to frequent the same shops and cafes and travel the same routes, so we have decided to venture a little further this year. And hopefully we can apply this not only to our surrounding suburbs but also to the state we now call home. For Christmas we made a last minute decision to load the dogs into the car and escape from the city. Brilliant idea! We spent a relaxing couple of days near Berrima and Bowral in the Southern Highlands. We didn't get to explore as much as we would have liked as it rained for the majority of the time that we were there and most places were closing up for Christmas but we were quite content curled up in the cosy cottage we had rented. I am looking forward to future trips and enjoying what this region has to offer. So time and funds permitting, we will be seeing a lot more of this lovely state.

A COUNTRY ESCAPE - PART II

Near Wattle Cottage is Kookawood, a beautiful stone and timber house, that is also available for anyone looking for a rural retreat.

With breathtaking views from almost every vantage point there is hardly a need to leave the property. However, we did manage to do a bit of exploring while we were there.

Five minutes down the road is Lake Lyell, a great spot for camping, fishing and swimming.

A little bit further down the road again is Lithgow, a small city nestled in one of the many valleys in the area.

No trip to the Blue Mountains would be complete without visiting The Three Sisters. Unfortunately there was a bush fire a couple of days before we arrived and some of the walking paths were closed, but there were still spectacular views to be had from Echo Point.

And while you’re in the area a quick trip to Wentworth Falls is definitely worth it. ❤

A COUNTRY ESCAPE

Feeling weary from city living, it was resolved that a few days away were required to relax and unwind. A bit of research online (I love the internet!) uncovered Wattle Cottage, a secluded—and dog friendly—getaway not far from Lithgow in the Blue Mountains.

Having never visited the Blue Mountains before, I wasn’t sure what kind of weather to expect. On arrival it was misting with rain and quite chilly , lighting the wood fire in the cottage soon remedied that! The interior of Wattle Cottage was cosy and filled with so many treasures, collected by the owners, that the idea of exploring outside was soon forgotten.

The only problem encountered was that there was just not enough time to explore all this region has to offer in a few short days. A return trip is definitely on the cards! Maybe in winter when it is snowing.

There is too much to share in just one post so be sure to pop back soon for a little vacation from whatever else it is you should be doing!   ❤