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Trip to NSW with Ford

Trip to NSW with Ford

Recently Art and I were lucky enough to jump across the ditch for a few days to NSW to drive around the new Ford Focus. It was pretty incredible. The new features are amazing! Anyway, on to the trip:

We arrived on Sunday afternoon and checked in to our room at QT Bondi (https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/bondi-beach/).  This hotel has gone through a recent re-furb and it is looking FLASH af!  I love staying in hotels, it’s like a holiday in itself.  We put our robes on instantly (obvs), sat on the balcony as the sun went down and enjoyed a pre-dinner tipple.  We had dinner at a beautiful restaurant just under Sydney Harbour Bridge called Ripples (http://ripplesmilsonspoint.com.au/) which was incredible. Although the two things in the food world that I severely dislike are beetroot and goats cheese, which happened to be the main ingredients in the food we got served…  So that was sad.  Apart from that – delicious.

On to day 2! We got up early at 7am, (we did have the option of heading down to the beach at 6am to watch the sunrise, but I politely declined) and took a stroll over to Bondi Icebergs Club (http://icebergs.com.au/) for breakfast. The view is stunning, if you’re ever in Sydney make sure you head along for a sunset beverage!

After brekkie, we picked up our Ford Focus and started our road trip. After a full day of driving through the beautiful NSW countryside, we arrived at Peppers Manor House for the night (http://www.peppers.com.au/manor-house/). This place was un real!! It felt like we had stepped in to some sort of Victorian estate mixed with Hogwarts. It was bloody cold, so I didn’t explore the grounds much, but there is a lot to explore! It looks like it would be a lovely place for a wedding. Before we checked in to our rooms, we did a “automatic parking experience” in the car park. This involved having all the windows in the car blacked out, so you can truly test the automatic parking feature. I promise you this is far scarier than it sounds – you have to completely trust the car! All I did was accelerate and brake, the car did the rest. Pretty amazing technology!

After an incredible dinner at Biota (http://www.biotadining.com/) we arrived back at Peppers to toast some marshmallows by the fire, and hop in to bed. Day 3 was another early rise, then back on the road. Our first stop was an adorable coffee shop/book barn kind of place called Berkelouw Book Barn in Berrima (http://www.bendooleyestate.com.au/berkelouw-book-barn-berrima). I had never seen a place quite like it! The whole place is lined with any type of book you can imagine, plus a huge fireplace where you can sit and drink your coffee and read. I’ve enclosed a picture of Art and I looking distinguished for your reference.

Once we were caffeine’d up, we jumped back in the Focus and drove to the next stop for lunch – Thirroul Beach. We had a saussie sizzle on the beach and played a bit of backyard cricket. At this stage, it was getting a bit chilly so I gave up on the picnic and got a coffee down the road in a cute wee cafe.

After driving all day, we arrived at our final pit stop – Burrangorang State Park. Wow. That view. The pictures don’t do it justice for just how incredible it was! We had a quick photo opp, then drove back to Sydney to fly home… Lame. It was a pretty quick trip, but I got to see more of regional NSW than I ever would (going with locals helps obviously) and met some awesome people that were on the trip with us. Driving the Focus was a lot of fun, and I can't wait get one of my own!

All in all, great times all round. Make sure you include some of these spots on your next trip to NSW!

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