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A visit to Australia’s largest city, Sydney, is always an experience but there comes a time when you begin to wonder what’s outside the sprawling metropolitan area. Only a 90-minute drive from the city, the Blue Mountains offer the perfect road trip escape [link to Shell V-Power LoVe Drives log] that gives you the chance to spend time in the city but also see another side to the state in a place full of natural beauty.
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take on the Hermitage Foreshore Walk. It's a walk with million dollar views between Rose Bay and Watsons Bay where Sydney's CBD and the Harbour Bridge seem to never leave your field of vision. There are a few steep parts and sets of stairs but for the most part it's an easy walk. Highlights included stopping by Strickland House. Explore the gardens and grounds of the home built in 1854, or just admire the view of the Harbour from the green. If it's warm enough bring your bathers and a towel and have a swim in one of the two small harbour side beaches. If it's chilly both Watsons Bay and Rose Bay have some small cafes perfect for warming up before returning home.
Hotel 1888, a boutique hotel most commonly referred to as the ‘Instagram Hotel’, located just a block from bustling Pyrmont.
Set in the old port-side warehouses, the hotel bar is a must stop!
Alongside the Museums permanent collection is a revolving collection of exhibitions which has included Yoko Ono’s War Is Over! (if you want it), works from the Biennalee
Known for it’s nightlife, The Argyle has recently been taking a new approach to entertainment offering pop-up canteen food options. While there we experienced their yum cha menu which is now unfortunately not available. In place, The Argyle Canteen now serves a new menu featuring authentic Italian and diner-style food. Think Napoli inspired pizzas, thick juicy burgers and Italian sweets for dessert – yum!
One of Sydney's coolest spots, Rook Bar is an set on the rooftop of 56-58 York St.
Be sure to check out their huge range of gins, particularly those made in Australia, while at the bar.
Be sure to make a stop at Zumbo’s Patisserie, Australian’s master macaroon maker. His hole-in-the-wall store on Balmain’s Darling Street offers the greatest variety of cakes and sweet treats!
Begin with a tour of the National Park. Being a bit of a bush newbie it's best to go with an expert from Treadlightly Eco Tours. The two-hour easy Wilderness Walk is my top pick!
While we were out here we decided to head to Scenic World which gives guests four unique ways to experience the Blue Mountains. The first, and of course the one we started with, is the Scenic Railway that boasts it is the steepest passenger railway in the world with a 52º incline. I don’t doubt it after clinging onto my seat as we descended through a passage between two rocks and into the rainforest. It’s well worth the trip down, if not for a bit of an adrenaline rush but to see the Scenic Walkway.
the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, located just outside of Leura, which better resembled a luxury country club than a hotel as we drove down the winding driveway. The Deluxe Rooms were something special. It was a place that perfectly suits summer or winter weathers, though amongst the rich colours, light woods, and huge comfortable bed I could imagine snuggling up and watching snow fall across the Jamison Valley, the panoramic view that I could see from my window.
Two specially designed segway tracks around the property, including a small obstacle course, that takes you around the hotel, past the golf course as well as the rock climbing area and into the scrub
The Leura Garage is something of an icon. Incorporating features of – yes, you guessed it – a garage, you’ll find an automotive lift raised high displaying pretty glassware, rusting exhausts above the wine collection and plenty of ‘rough and ready’-style charm throughout the cafe and restaurant. The food is tasty and filling, though top pick were the wood oven pizza and don’t say no to a plate of their amazing shoestring potatoes topped with rosemary salt and with a side of aioli.