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A Road Trip from Melbourne to Sydney- Part 2…

Weddings are such special occasions. It's one big party with beloved family and friends. On our recent road trip to Sydney... Read more...

Weddings are such special occasions. It’s one big party with beloved family and friends. On our recent road trip to Sydney (read Part 1 here) we attended my cousin’s wedding and  celebrated this enjoyable day with my amazing family.

While in Sydney, we stayed at the Novotel Parramatta. Parramatta is 25km west of Sydney. Our hotel was ideally located on the main street where an abundance of restaurants and trendy cafés await to be dined at. Situated on the banks of the Parramatta river, this multicultural suburban precinct offers much to see and do for all ages with a contemporary vibe.

Novotel Parramatta bar and restaurant.

Chocolate brownie dessert at Bay Vista dessert bar, Parramatta. Click on the Tripadvisor link below to read the review.

Caramel and honeycomb ice cream delight at Bay Vista dessert bar, Parramatta.

Parramatta River


Main Street Parramatta

Eventually all good things much come to an end, so it was time to pack up the car and begin our road trip back to Melbourne. Why do return trips always seem shorter?

On the drive home from Parramatta, we stopped for lunch (and also for a bathroom break) at the small town of Holbrook, New South Wales, close to the Victorian border. Holbrook is also known as the “submarine town”, where you can discover the Australian submarine HMAS Otway, and a ⅕ scale model of the British Submarine HMS B11 from 1914. The town of Holbrook was actually named after a courageous submariner, to which you can learn more about, at the Holbrook Submarine Museum.

Holbrook is also renowned for its regional bakery. Established in 1899 the Holbrook Bakery is locally owned and bakes delicious fresh breads and pastries daily. Make sure to try one of their tasty “Aussie Pies”. It’s definitely worth the stop! 🙂

Overall with less stops taken, but more traffic as we left Parramatta, the drive home ended up taking the same amount of time as the trip up!

So, what makes the return journey seem quicker? Is it a perception of time or is because our expectations of a longer journey home, actually eludes this journey of feeling shorter somehow?

Have you ever felt like this when returning home?

For my reviews on the Novotel and dining experiences during the road trip, visit Tripadvisor here. 

For more information on the town of Holbrook, click here.

Related Posts:

A Road Trip from Melbourne to Sydney Part 1

 Images of Rural Victoria and New South Wales… a road trip in pictures


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41 comments on “A Road Trip from Melbourne to Sydney- Part 2…

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  2. I always wondered if it was because the landmarks are more familiar on the drive back…

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  3. Lovely post and photos. The trip back seems shorter because we don’t want to go.

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  4. the caramel and honeycomb ice cream looks so good!

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  5. We always take our time when we leave for a caravan road trip, and promise ourselves we’re going to only drive short days for our entire trip. However, that promise to ourselves is always forgotten when returning home. Our return trip is always, literally, shorter in time.

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  6. That Chocolate brownie dessert looks so good!

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  7. Oh yes, I completely agree. Coming home is a always quicker, not quite sure why.
    My daughter worked in Holbrook for a few months. 🙂 That dessert looks wickedly divine.

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  8. That caramel ice cream treat looks amazing! Totally worth the 24 hour trip to the other side of the world 🙂 Hopefully one day I can make it!

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  9. I love Holbrook bakery!! We always stop there on our way to Melbourne! I knew as soon as I saw the cover photo this post would include Holbrook!!

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  11. Lovely photos and the sight of the dessert made me swoon. I shall do my best not to slaver. Btw for me road trips on the way back seem longer. The drive back home always makes me feel more tired than on the way to a new place. I am guessing it is the fact that the holiday is over that makes me feel so and yet there is the relief of getting back home. Mixed feelings reign. xx

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  12. Ohhh, that desert! YUM!
    I find that road trips seem longer on the way back (we just did 11 hours yesterday, ha!), I think it’s because I am always more excited on the way there 🙂

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  13. I love the look of those puddings.

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  14. What a delightful experience you guys had! I can’t take my eyes off that ice cream 😀😀

    Cheers, Charu

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  15. I love those kinds of charming small towns!

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  16. The submarine museum sounds exciting! Although, I’ve been in two submarines in my life and felt really claustrophic so maybe just stop at the bakery instead… 😉

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  17. I think they always seem longer on the way there because you are impatient and feel like you are neverrrr going to get there. I’ve always wondered what Parramatta was like, thanks for the insight ☺️.

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  19. Hello Lorelle,
    What a lovely journey home after what looks and sounds like a beautiful wedding. That brownie slice…
    As for your question about the return trip, it’s also something I’ve contemplated nearly as long as I can remember. It’s a real thing but I’ve still no idea why!
    A great point for a post though.
    Wishing you well,
    Di 🙋🏻💐💐

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