Sunday, June 6, 2010

Long Weekend

Two weeks ago Craig and I took advantage of having the same 3 days off and headed off over the mountains to Bathurst for some R & R.
We stayed in this fantastic new hotel right on the Mount Panorama racetrack.
This is the view from the top of Mount Panorama overlooking the hotel and Bathurst behind it.

This was the view from our room - as I said, right on the racetrack!

Of course while in Bathurst I could not pass up a visit to Hatched & Patched! Fantastic shop, full of lots of yummy fabrics and crafty bits! Unfortunately I didn't take any pics inside and this is the main entrance in the rear of the heritage building.

Remains of the autumn colours:

One day we headed out to Jenolan caves, amazing limestone caves. We didn't go in any caves this visit as we were heading out to do some bushwalking nearby. We had a walk around this beautiful lake and some of the grounds of the caves. The lake is this colour from the limestone particles in the water.

This is called the Grand Arch and the cars drive through here.

We found these toilets built into the caves, quite an experience LOL

Caves House, a historic hotel with lot of amazing original features:

We also visited Kanangra National Park where there were these spectacular views of Kanangra Walls:

After admiring the views from the top we decided to take the walk down to Kanangra Falls. Well I need to remember that if you go down hundreds of very steep and rocky steps to see the falls you then must come back up those same hundreds of very steep and rocky steps!!!
It took us about 10 minutes to get down but over half an hour to get back up! It was very steep and the lungs and legs were burning most of the way!
It was well worth it though the falls were beautiful and there were tracks all around the pools you could get a closer look.
This was a view looking down a small section of the track:

This was the view of a part of the track on the way back up - much steeper than it looks!

So it was lovely to escape the city for a bit of fresh air and no responsibilities! I was hobbling around for most of the next week from sore leg muscles but it was well worth it for the stunning scenery we saw.
Until next time!


Chookyblue...... said...

looks fantastic and always a wonderful time at Hatched and Patched.......I have viewed the Kanangra Walls from the top but it was about to rain so we didn't go down to the waterfall.........

simplestitches said...

what an excellent weekend trip...great photos!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great photos Anita...looks like the perfect R & R....

Bec said...

Looks like an awesome trip!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

WOW! What a great weekend and look at those views.... Lucky girl.

Khris said...

What a gorgeous trip....would love to go there...hugs Khris

DAWNIE said...

oh so long since I have been to Jenolan. Now that is a good thing forgot that "Bathurst" car races was alto same town as Hatched and Patched - now that is a thought!!! Maybe a workshop the same weekend - that would be awesome!! - what is the name of hotel where you stayed??

Karen Mallory said...

Those are spectacular views and great photos of them. What a great vacation Anita!
hugs Karen