Topdecker – Island Suntanner

So at the end of May I found out I unfortunately had to leave Australia to return to the UK, before that was going to happen I wanted to make the most of some free time before making my way back to London.

So after searching online I eventually decided to book a Topdeck Tour up the East Coast, it ended up being one of the best trips I have ever done, ticked off some once in a lifetime experiences and made some friends for life (cheesy but true).

So over my next few posts I’m going to throw back to each part of the trip…

Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head

28/05/17 the morning we all met outside our ‘Top Decker’ coach (literally our home for the next 14 days), we made our first hellos to each other and were introduced to our tour guides Anthony, Meg & driver Lee.

Once we boarded we set off across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, even after this being my regular commute to work for the past 6 months, the view of the Sydney Opera House still never gets old!

First stop – Wine Tasting and Grape Stomping in the Hunter Valley!

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What better way to get acquainted with the new group than with some wine tasting in the amazing Hunter Valley! We got to sample various wines and then spilt into groups to take part in a grape stomping competition – so much fun!

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Where? Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Top Tips?

  • In relation to joining a Top Deck tour… Don’t be nervous! Everyone is in the same boat and the tour guides really help you all to feel like you have all known each other for years. 
  • Make sure you are prepared to get a little sticky… Main tip for girls – not to wear tight skinny jeans that you can’t roll up and need for the rest of the trip (lesson learnt the hard way)!
  • Make sure you try the Hunter Valley Moscato – the best wine I’ve ever tasted and I’m partial to a glass after work every now and then.

After the wine tasting we headed towards Cresent Head to our first night at Surf Camp and we got to witness the first of some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever witnessed – all to come over the next couple of weeks!!

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Lots of Love Drew x     

 

 

 

Royal National Park – Figure 8 Pools

5 hour hike in 30 degree heat… let’s just say it’s not how I would usually find myself spending my Saturday however the below pictures can’t even justify how amazing the views of this coastal hike really are.

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The figure 8 pools are naturally formed, beautiful pools which you can’t wait to jump into after your long hike! Nothing beats that refreshing plunge into some fresh sea water and believe me it definitely takes your breath away!

Although we did actually queue for time in the above figure 8 pool it wasn’t as busy as I had expected for a hot spring day but I have read reviews that it is always filled with people.

Where? NSW Royal National Park. 

Top Tips?

  • Make sure you make a day of it.. the walk is a little longer than I expected but well worth it.
  • Take plenty of food and water! I’d make a picnic to have down there next time and enjoy some more time relaxing by the pools!
  • Make sure you check the weather conditions and tide times… you don’t want to get there and the pools be under water. 

I would definitely recommend doing this hike and visiting the natural pools and it’s another thing ticked off my Sydney bucket list!