An unexpected country getaway

Not long ago we had a free weekend. There wasn’t much to do on the farm – (ahh the joys of being your own boss!), so we hopped in the car, chose a direction and just drove.

We had no particular destination in mind, so we chose to drive South. The scenery is always nicer in the South.

Because we only had the weekend, we didn’t stop at every town we drove through. That would have taken us far too long, so we made a point to only stop if and when something really caught our eye.

So we drove through Gunning, Yass, Gundagai, and then stopped in Junee- the home of Australia’s most haunted homestead- Monte Cristo. We didn’t get a chance to go inside as it was still closed when we got there but we didn’t pass up the opportunity for a photo.

Junee is also the home of the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory- mmmmm! Luckily for us it was open so of course we went inside!

The factory itself wasn’t operating but it was still nice to look around.

Their chocolate was a-maz-ing! But then again, it’s chocolate-need I say more?

The factory exterior was all timber. It looked so rustic, I absolutely loved it!

Junee turned out to be one of the highlights of this trip, with places to stop for and picturesque scenery, who knew it even existed! There were canaola fields as far as the eye can see. It was absolutely stunning. Being the time of year that we went, the canola was yet to flower, but we were lucky enough to get some great shots of the fields that had in fact started to flower.

We stayed the night in Wagga Wagga because it was getting late and that’s just where we happened to be driving through at the time. So we picked a random motel, checked in and then went and had some dinner at the local Pub. After all, what’s a country getaway without a pub meal?

Morning came and we were off once more, continuing our big loop back home.

We continued on through Illabo, Bethungra, Cootamundra, Young and then stopped at Cowra for a stroll through the beautiful Japanese Gardens. If you ever find yourself passing through Cowra, you won’t want to miss checking these gardens out! Endless photo opportunities await you.

We reluctantly left the gardens (I seriously could have stayed there all day!) and continued on our trek home, driving through Canowindra, Cargo, Orange and then Bathurst, where we couldn’t pass up the opportunity of driving on the Bathurst race track. We have driven on it in the past and we never watch the race, but for some reason when you find yourself in Bathurst, you just have to drive on the track,

Once we got that out of our system, we continued the trip back home driving through Lithgow and Mount Victoria. We were contemplating spending the night in Katoomba or somewhere thereabouts and stretching the trip to another day but decided to keep going home as we didn’t have much further to go.

So on we went through Penrith and Campbelltown and then onto the boring freeway all the way to the Southern Highlands- otherwise known as ‘Home’.

It was a short trip but I think you can agree, we went through a lot of little towns and saw a great deal in such a short time.

Stay tuned for our next adventure!

Melzy

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