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Adventures down under
26th Mar 2017
Hunter Valley

Hurray!  A sunny day in Sydney with no rain!  We had planned to go to the Hunter Valley with our friends today, so the good weather was a bonus. Another cruise liner was in the harbour today, the Voyager of the Seas. This ship looked smaller than the one docked yesterday, but it is only 20ft shorter and carries 288 more passengers (and didn't look as smart or impressive).  We went by ferry to Manly again to meet our friends, and were driven north to the Hunter Valley through some lovely scenery, including a cow and a calf taking a cool bath in a pond. First stop was Wollombi for a drink and a look round a local shop. The road is a bikers trail and the pub had a long line of motorcycles outside. The first stop charged for wine tasting, so we drove across the road to the Hunter Resort, where Lisa McGuigan wines were on offer. We had a great tasting experience (no charge) with whatever we liked from their extensive list, and had quite a laugh with the server, who introduced us to some new wine experiences; Hunter Valley is home to great Semillon wines, and we tried that and a number of other varietals. One surprise was a sweet moscato, tasty on its own, but with a whole new experience when a dash of lime juice was added. The dessert wine was a muscat - Christmas pudding in a glass!  We were all impressed and bought a few bottles. We found a couple of places that charged for tasting, including one that made chocolate - yummy tastings!  We went to the Audrey Wilkinson vineyard, where there was also a charge, but the views were magnificent. Final winery of the day was McGuigan (free tastings), yes we were at Lisa McGuigan's winery earlier, but this one is owned by her father Brian. Somewhat surprisingly, we all preferred Lisa's wines. Being hungry, we stopped at the Ourimbah RSL (Returned Services League) for dinner. The RSL is like the British Legion clubs, they have good food and drinks at quite low prices and visitors are welcomed free (just show your driving license). There was one on Bondi Beach that we noticed yesterday. This being our last night in Sydney and the last day of our fantastic holiday, we said goodbye to our friends, but hope to see them when they come to the UK in September. 

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