As we had liked the Barossa Valley and its wines so much we had decided to also visit the Hunter Valley – the slightly less famous wine region just at the doorstep of Sydney. On the way to the valley we passed various street side fruit stalls and so loaded up on plums (which Kevin can eat by the kg).
Once we had set up our tent we headed
straight to some wineries for tasting (nothing else to do ;)). Needless
to say that we managed to buy some good bottles of Moscato. Not saying
that the Hunter Valley isn’t nice we both thought that the Barossa was
slightly nicer and much less commercialized (which is quite a bit funny
as it’s the much bigger and more famous wine region).
after all the wine tasting (no, no it was not that bad) we were on the
way again towards Nelson Bay which is known for some nice beaches (but
then almost all coastal towns in Australia are). By chance we passed by a
manta and shark center and for sure we needed to have a look. It was
amazing – we were able to stand in several pools with mantas and sharks
all around us and feed them. As you can imagine they are quite
conditioned by now and as soon as you step into the pool you had quite
an entourage (as the pictures show). After so much fish we drove a bit
further for an afternoon walk at the splendid one mile beach and its
After a few more kilometers on the Princess Highway
we took a right turn to a winding tourist drive called the Lakes Way –
and as the name suggested we passed a few nice lakes. Our night stop was
Elizabeth Beach near Booti Booti National Park. This very squeaky beach
was a perfect spot for a fantastic Aperitif at the beach. During dinner
we had the chance to observe a cheeky possum who was very interested in
The next morning we decided to do the loop walk
which led us passed the sea as well as the lake. As a funny supplement
Hazel got kind of attacked by a Kookaburra (don’t worry, she survived
it). Kookaburras are funny birds which make a sound similar to a monkey.
As they are most noisy during dusk and dawn time they are also
nicknamed bushman’s clock. After all this walking we decided to have a
refreshing swim in the very shallow lake (after about 100 meters the
water was still only knee-deep).
For the rest of the day we
continued north towards Nambucca Heads where we set up tent at
campground near another breathtaking beach. After we had (and if I say
we I mean Hazel) almost lost our toilet key (we – i.e. Kevin – found it
ten meters away from the tent after a twenty minutes search and rescue
mission) the day came to an end with another home cooked meal. Kevin
even had a late nightly look at the deserted beach which offered a
fantastic night sky with millions of stars.