With keeping with our slight obsession with flowers, for our Mum’s birthday this year we decided to take a “short” road trip up to the Hunter Valley and visit the Hunter Valley Gardens. I say “short” which such disdain because this was the first time I had to drive for that long. I am only on my provisional license which also meant that I had to drive like a tortoise compared to everyone else on the Freeway. Whenever I passed another P-plater I would mentally hi-5 them, only to have them speed off. Why can’t I be bad ass? Lucky for me, the weather was splendid that even when everyone else dozed off the car I happily sung to myself for 30 minutes. Then my mum woke up to tell me to shut up.
Just our luck we arrived there on their birthday weekend so they had a few other offerings on the day such as free cupcakes, camel and pony rides, carnival rides and balloons bopping about. The prices can be a little steep, but it will kill a good 2-3 hours of your time – especially if you are thorough and take the time to look at the plants and take photos. There are over 25 acres to explore with over 10 themed gardens, amongst other walking grounds and paths to follow. It is quite picturesque when you manage to find a quiet spot. Enough yak from me and enjoy the photos.
Just to end this on a more food-related note, if you are unlike us and plan you day properly, there are actually a few other neat things to do around the area. Can’t promise you that you will be able to cram it into a day, but a visit to the chocolate shop, cookie shop and perhaps some fruit picking and wine tasting could be slipped into the agenda.
Hope you are all having a lovely Spring with the lovely weather going around! Unfortunately Sydney is also quite prone to bush fires during the warmer seasons, one just happened in a suburb not so far away, which surprised a lot of people. The Hunter Region is one of the areas in NSW that suffer from severe bush fires each year forcing many families to evacuate from their homes. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief here. Do your research before you travel and be safe. My wishes go out to the fire fighters tackling the crazy winds and flames, and for those who have lost their homes.
Child (under 16) $15
Children under 3 are free
They also have Family Tickets available for families of 3 and 4