After a couple of stressful weeks we really needed a calm weekend in a nice place to relax. We actually wanted to go to the North of Sydney to Bouddi National Park, but it turned out that we weren’t allowed to sleep in the car there. And it was definitely too cold for just a tent! So we left the decision of where to go until pretty much the last minute. My supervisor told me that she loves Bowral in the Southern Highlands, so we decided on Saturday morning that we would go there and see what is around.
On the way to Bowral we stopped at a rest area on the highway where they were selling farm-fresh fruit and enjoyed some vitamins. We were already feeling much more relaxed :-) In Bowral we had a great lunch and then went on to the Fitzroy Falls, where Dominic had been before, but I haven’t. He wanted to show me the lyrebirds that are in that National Park, since I had not seen a male singing (only heard) until then. The walk was amazing (even though pretty chilly) and we even found 2 lyrebirds that we could get really close to. It was amazing! The park was full of lyrebirds. We could constantly hear them singing their wonderful songs and mimicking lots of funny noises, such as magpie calls, cockatoos, camera shutters and even something that sounded like a toy gun :-)
We then decided to go to Kangaroo Valley, where we had both not been yet. We arrived there when it was almost dark and were told that there is a picnic area where you can camp for free. So we went searching for that picnic area and were amazed when we found it! It was an awesome camping area (not just picnic area) and there were kangaroos and wombats everywhere on the field. We then went into the town Kangaroo Valley to have some dinner in a restaurant with an open fire. It was so cold and cozy that we felt like we were in Canada in the mountains :-)
That night the wind was so strong that our car kept moving back and forth – we felt like babies in a stroller ;-) Suddenly the car started moving faster and not with the wind. I thought someone must be shaking our car, but we couldn’t see anything, because it was dark. Dominic thought I was being dramatic, but also didn’t have a better explanation for what was happening. Then Dominic decided that it had to be something under our car, so he opened the door and shone his flashlight underneath it – and saw a wombat coming out from underneath Olive!!! :-) Poor little thing had to squeeze himself through, haha! During that night there were two more wombats who apparently like squeezing under cars.
On Sunday we decided to go to a winery in Kangaroo Valley, from which we had drunk wine at the restaurant the night before and found it delicious! 11 km down a dirt road and we found this beautiful little vineyard in the mountains and a wonderful house in the middle of it. It turned out to be run by an older couple, who does all the work. They even have lots of citrus trees and other fruit that they use to make jelly. We had an awesome time tasting lots of their wines and of course brought some home to enjoy another time. We also wanted to buy some limes and even got to pluck them ourselves! It was awesome!
On the way back, we spontaneously stopped at a sign that said “Grandpa’s shed” and were amazed by everything this guy was selling! We found a couple of useful camping stuff and I finally found a nice tea pot for the cold days in Sydney :-)
All in all it was a wonderful spontaneous weekend, where we just did what we felt like at the time and we could really relax! We started into the new week with a lot more energy than we had finished the one before :-)