I am very fortunate to be born into a large family! Having relatives in Sydney, we are able to visit this beautiful city more often than not!
A few weeks ago, we travelled to Paramatta (Western Sydney) to celebrate my cousin’s wedding day.
Our mode of transport……our car! Yes, an eight-and-a-half-hour road trip, (longer when stopping) with my fam!
Usually when driving to Sydney, we try to leave home before 6am, enabling us to stop at the Victoria/ New South Wales border (a three-and-a-half-hour drive) for breakfast. On this road trip, I discovered a bakery in the town of Albury over the internet, and decided to break our journey there. Nord Bakery in South Albury offers traditional Northern European freshly baked scrumptious breads and pastries. You will instantly be tempted by the warm and inviting smells of the croissants, breads, scrolls and tarts when you enter this quaint little shop. Nord is definitely worth the visit if you are ever in Albury.
Further along the Hume Highway, half way between Melbourne to Sydney, we stopped at the Australian iconic landmark of “The Dog on the Tuckerbox”. Five miles north of the town of Gundagai, this popular tourist attraction was created in the early 1900s from an Australian poem, that honoured the loyal dogs who accompanied the early pioneer settlers and guarded their possessions, in the 1800s. Today, visitors can purchase souvenirs and enjoy refreshments from the café and utilise the surrounding tranquil picnic areas with restrooms.
Our lunch break was spent in the town of Goulburn, home to The Big Merino. This popular tourist attraction was built in recognition of the Australian Wool Industry and this massive concrete Merino Ram stands at 15.2 metres in height. Selling souvenirs and of course, high quality woollen knitwear, you can also invest in cosmetics and natural lanolin products too.
In spite of such a long distance, the relaxing drive along the Hume Highway is straightforward and easy. Sharing the driving and observing the peaceful surroundings of country Victoria and New South Wales, is actually quite pleasant. Personally, this road trip enabled me to appreciate and reflect upon the beauty of this wonderful country I proudly call home. 😊