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Easter long weekend break

It sounds crazy but we, Aussies get excited about long weekends. It doesn’t happen often but every time when a long weekend is on the way, most of us have plans for it. One of them was last weekend for Easter.

Normally, I plan months in advance for the break but this time I was too tired to even think about it. Having come back from Nepal just a few weeks ago, I needed to rest but of course, it was not going to happen.

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My cousins are visiting from the US and they were planning a trip away so we did a last minute planning. We were lucky that we managed to get accommodation for seven adults and three kids. Of course, it was expensive but still we managed to plan the trip and left Friday morning for the Hunter Valley.

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We had been to Hunter Valley multiple times before but we still enjoyed the Hunter Valley Gardens with the kids again and also the wine tasting. The kids were having a blast and we just loved it  🙂

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Nelson Bay and Toboggan Hill Park

Nelson bay is a big area and even though we had been there before, it was still a great place to be. We swam in One-mile beach and went for a walk in Nelson Bay wharf.

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We also went to Toboggan Hill Park, which is set amongst natural bush just off Salamander Way at Nelson Bay. We had so much fun with the kids tobogganing. The 1km track starts with an automatic uphill tow of 300 metres.

From the top station, we can control the speed of our toboggan as we commence the exhilarating descent.  The track winds down through 11 bends before we reach the bottom. With practice, speeds of up to 45 – 50km/hour are possible. All the little ones rode with their mum/dad and they enjoyed it a lot too.

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The Entrance

Surrounded by lagoons, lakes and beaches, The Entrance is a beautiful town. When we arrived in The Entrance, they were having markets and carnival for Easter. We just walked around and enjoyed the view.

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At 3.30 pm they had pelican feeding and that is what we wanted to observe. The pelican feeding in The Entrance Memorial Park is a highlight of the place. By 3:00 pm there were so many people gathered in the park. We also waited patiently as we knew the feed went ahead in all weather and is sponsored by local businesses.

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According to the official info, the pelican feeding started by accident over twenty years ago when staff from a local fish and chip shop would throw out scraps. It became such a ritual that whenever the staff were late in throwing their scraps out, the pelicans would cross the road and come up to the shop to be fed. The Pelicans start coming in group to the waterfront around 3.00, approaching the platform slowly and jump into the platform just before 3.30 pm when the staff are ready to feed them with the fish.

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It was a great to watch them as they eat the fish and go back to the water. It’s not all fun and games, though.  The volunteers use the daily contact to keep an eye on the welfare of the pelicans, which are prone to injury from plastic bags, fishing line and hooks.


Hope all of you had great Easter too.

This week is very short week for us (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) as from this Friday we are having Anzac long weekend so looking forward to another long weekend.

Take care, everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian


Hunter Valley

Over the weekend we took a trip up the coast to Hunter Valley. It is around 300 km north of Sydney and is the wine country of NSW. It is the place to go for wine tasting and to enjoy the scenic landscape. They also do cheese and olive tasting. Aside from being a foodies dream, the Hunter Valley is steeped in quaint history and historical architecture, much of which you can learn about by visiting the various museums and historical tours. The Hunter Valley also boasts an abundance of wildlife in a world-class national park and one of Australia’s most scenic golf courses. 

It was a bit wet in Sydney so I was glad to get away. Me, AS and my friends SS and PA got into the car and off we went for our trip. On the way it was raining heavily at places so we didn’t know what to expect when we reached our destination but we were relieved when we found it was not raining in the valley. 

There are lots of tours on offer but we decided to set our own path. 

The first stop was the Hunter Valley Gardens. It is one of the places I visit every time I go to Hunter. I had been there many times, mainly to take all my visitors for a trip. But it was everyone else’s first time in Hunter so it was nice to see them excited with the view of gardens. 

Its website has the following description for the gardens. 

“Spanning over 60 acres, be amazed by the sensational sights, colours, and fragrances of the ten stunning feature gardens. Explore each garden one-by-one and enjoy an exciting journey through the thousands of flowers, trees, and shrubs with an air of discovery at every turn. Bask in a lavish array of colour and scent found in the Rose Garden with more than 8,000 roses on display; laze above the 10 metre waterfall and take in the superb views from the lookout; or step back in time with all our favourite fairytale characters in the Storybook Garden. 

The gardens will heighten your senses with a wonderful display of sight, colour and fragrance.Hunter Valley Gardens is also wheelchair friendly and allows access to all areas. You can find out more here about wheelchairs availability at Garden Entry. Along the eight kilometres of walking paths are more than six thousand trees, one million ground covers and six hundred thousand shrubs. A floral display featuring a variety of plants and statuary, all of a standard that you won’t see elsewhere in Australia. From the main entrance, the visitor will enter through many feature gardens full of breathtaking surprises!” 

I love every corner of the garden and I have so many beautiful photos from the day. It was just such a colourful place to be. There were a few weddings happening while we were there. We had lunch in the café there before going for horse riding (I am going to write a separate post about my experience of it). I had creamy pasta and it was one of the best I have tried. I highly recommend stopping over at the café for lunch if anyone is ever going there. 

I should say the horse riding experience was bumpy and gave me a sore bum at the end but I did enjoy it. 

Then we were off to some wineries where we got to see the ripe grape vines and took some silly photos. It felt so unreal to stand in the middle of acres of grape vines. I just loved the smell of the fresh air and to see bunches of grapes ready to be picked. When you drive pass the area, all you see is grape vines and lots of cows and horses. I felt like I was far far away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s traffic and crowds. 

Overall a great day in a nice country town. Here are some photos of the day.