Distance travelled: 398km.
Big spottings: Big Soldier (Uralla); [Big] Golden Guitar (Tamworth); Big Chicken (Moonbi); Big Sheep Dog (Muswellbrook).
Another day of driving through the beautiful Aussie countryside – past plains dotted with sheep and cattle, past horse studs, through old towns that have changed very little in thirty years, then onto more major roads and larger towns and into the Hunter Valley.
This area is know as “Wines and Mines” – world-class wineries and a major coal mining industry literally fuel this region. The Hunter is an easy spot for a weekend getaway for many Sydney-siders.
After our obligatory driving day “Pie Stop” for lunch at Aberdeen’s bakery and an ice cream from the general store of my old home town in Mulbring, we made made it to Lake Macquarie. We’re here to visit family, but the Lake Macquarie region has plenty to offer travellers. It has stunning beaches, great fishing, adventure activities including quad biking and horse-riding, plus it provides easy access to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.
x Sonia x