Southern Highlands Winter Break
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS WINTER BREAK
by: Kellie Rigney
Our winter break always involves family (usually us and my brother and sister in law Matt and Em and their kids Zach and Amelie). Each year we opt for a different wintery destination. We spend ages searching for a house either on Stayz or Air BnB which can accommodate at least 4 adults and 6 kids and this time, 2 beautiful rowdy puppies.
The last few trips have seen us drawn back to the Southern Highlands. It has all the perfect ingredients to ensure that we can unwind together away from the clamour of daily life, whilst being close enough to Sydney to bolt back for rugby camps or meetings if need be.
We found a gorgeous house in Exeter overlooking the rolling hills of the Highlands. Set amongst stunning gardens including an ample kitchen garden and mini orchard which we were encouraged to take from.
Our late afternoons were spent with a nice glass of Rosé on the deck literally watching the cows come home while the puppies played at our feet. Sheer bliss.
Nights involved cracking fires, slow cooked meals, board games, smores for the kids, good reds and good music for the grown ups.
We ventured toward Berrima for a decadent lunch at Bendooley Estate Winery. Owned by the Berkelow family, Bendooley is home to a magnificent book barn where a giant fireplace warms a cosy restaurant serving scrumptious food to it’s patrons amongst stacks of beautiful books both old and new. We lingered for ages stretching our lunch from Charcuterie boards, delicious mains into desserts and coffees. Not ones to cut short a great experience, we popped next door to the cellar where we continued to taste the great wines and naturally took some home to enjoy later.
The Southern Highlands is home to so many beautiful little cafes and shops. We popped in and out of quaint little spaces in Moss Vale, Bowral and Exeter picking up delicious treats to enjoy later by the fire. On the way home we stopped by for a wander around Fitzroy Falls. Truly spectacular and much larger than I’d imagined. We made a note to do the much longer walk next time when we had more time.
- Irene Rayment