Saturday, 4 February 2012
Today's plan was to drive down to Hunter Valley for some wine exploration which was on the way back to Sydney through some quite ordinary towns filled with popular fast food chains though in Australia, Burger King is called Hungry Jacks. Good to see some traditional 'hotels' or what we'd define as pubs. Passed some roadkill of a wallaby which smelled so bad we had to wind up our car windows.
First stop in Hunter Valley was the champagne place called Petersons to have lunch. The day had started quite overcast and fresh at 21C but by the time we finished our meal, it was a scorching 27C. Restaurant was a stylish place and everyone's food turned out to be excellent.
Second booze station was one of the larger sites called Tempest 2 for some proper wine tasting and was busy with a few hen and stag parties. Whilst Kerry and her brother did the wine, me and Nikki enjoyed a few exotic flavours of ice cream including Turkish Delight and Kinder (egg). The third place was the Little Wine Company, a smaller establishment but still good for tasting according to the bro-in-law.
We headed over to our serviced apartment arranged by Neil. It was part of a huge golf course estate with a number of remote housing estates which some houses had their own golf buggies. For non-golfers there were the sights of more wild kangaroos to make up for it and the apartment itself was very modern with a balcony at both ends. For the evening dinner we went to a recommended Italian restaurant but the jetlag stopped me short of eating half of it.