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5 REASONS A HUNTER HOLIDAY WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY

NOT WHAT YOU’RE THINKING

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Did you think I was going to say wine, wine, wine, wine, wine? Well, it’s true, the Hunter Valley is known as the birthplace of Australian wine, but it has so much more to offer as well.

A short two-hour drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley offers city sophistication in a peaceful rural setting.

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Beautiful rural setting of the Hunter Valley

With the Brokenback Ranges as its backdrop, the Hunter Valley is a picturesque paradise with so much to do – or not do if you choose.

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CALMSLEY FARM – WESTERN SYDNEY

WESTERN SYDNEY’S HIDDEN TREASURE

CALMSLEY HILL CITY FARM

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Tucked away in the middle of suburban streets full of beautiful and enormous homes is a hidden treasure in the western Sydney suburb of Abbotsbury – Calmsley Hill City Farm.

This 160-hectare working farm is home to a myriad of animals.

It also boasts world-class educational programs and amazingly has a beautiful view of Sydney’s tall buildings.

So much about this place is unexpected.

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WHALE WONDERLAND – SYDNEY HARBOUR

WONDERFUL WHALE TOUR

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We had the privilege of watching a bunch of humpback whales frolic in their ocean playground outside the heads at Sydney Harbour on their way north to breed earlier this year.

According to our tour guide, they had already travelled about 3000 km to be there, with another 1000 to go – a 8000 km round trip!

You never know how these things will work out when you book. It’s impossible for the service providers to guarantee you will actually see a whale. This particular group had a deal where if you didn’t see whales you could rebook a cruise at no extra cost. However, that’s not always practical.

We were lucky. The sun was shining (it was really cold, but we rugged up) and the sea was not too choppy – despite warnings from the tour guide telling us how rough it would be out there. It took a while to find them but once we did we were treated to a spectacular show. They came to the surface regularly and we were close enough to hear the water spray from their blows, though the boat’s captain was careful to observe the regulations regarding the distance to whales. We even saw some jump and ‘wave’ with their beautiful big tail fins. In all, I guess we saw about six whales, but our boat was concentrating on the first two spotted.

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It was obvious the crew were as excited as we were, though they do this trip twice daily during the season and usually have decent sightings. It seems the more they see them, the more they love and respect them, taking great pains to ensure they played by the whales’ rules; whales don’t like it when boats hang out in front or behind them (we could see their agitation when other tour boats did this) but are happy to play when boats are to their side where they can be watched easily by the whales.

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