One of my favourite quotes is “it’s not the destination it is the journey”, so when Joel and I were heading to Sydney it seemed fitting to document the beautiful drive through the country to Sydney and to recommend a route to others.
When driving South from Brisbane you have two main options; the Pacific Highway, which unfortunately now, although very efficient in transporting you quickly, doesn’t take you through any of the pretty country or coastal towns. It is a little sterile, unless you are into tarmac.
So the route we chose was the New England Highway, only takes an extra 2 hours, but you drive through colonial towns, native bushland and fields of cows. Which was all rather lovely. And there are plenty of interesting shops and cafes to stop at along the way to refresh tired eyes. And lots of towns to stop overnight at too.
The day started frosty and damp, the grass covered in dew and a stark chill in the air, which made it perfect weather for a hot tea.
We stopped in Tenterfield and looked for antiques, oh to have a bigger car to fill with garden ornaments! I love antiquing you find all kinds of things you never new you needed. And there is always a story from the store owner.
Stopping for lunch in Armidale we admired the old buildings as we walked through the town.
I admired the typography on the side of the buildings, old fashioned advertising is the sweetest.
When a lot of other flowers are wilting in the hot summer sun, hydrangeas really bloom into their own.
Pity we missed the brick throwing competition.
We then drove through fields of green pastures all the way to the hunter valley, so I thoroughly recommend taking the slower road next time you head off for a road trip.