autumn camping | wollondilly river

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Wollondilly river

There is something so remarkably satisfying about immersing yourself into nature. All that fresh clean air, lack of technology and being in the outdoors simply refreshes and recharges our souls.

On Saturday we woke at the crack of dawn to head out of Sydney, a couple of hours south in the Southern Highlands near Mittagong, to spend the night camping with a few friends.

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the road trip south

The six of us rallied for breakfast at a cute little cafe called The Shaggy Cow in Mittagong, before a quick shopping trip to the local Big W for last minute supplies before heading into the wilderness.

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Tunnel mushroom bruschetta at The Shaggy Cow

The “road” to Wollondilly River Station is barely a dirt lane, big enough for one car, that snakes precariously around a mountain range down into a lush green valley. I’ve never felt so yuppie city slicker in our little camping convoy with two silver Audi’s and a new Jeep Cherokee, but we had so much fun and didn’t miss the comforts of home too much! Neen & Jared had never camped before, while Ian & Pete are seasoned veterans, Jay loves the outdoors and I dug deep into my childhood camping repertoire and managed not to whinge once! We all had the most wonderful time setting up our camp site, meandering along the rocky banks of the river, sitting by the fire mesmerised by the flames, flitting between chatting & sitting in comfortable silence, cooking on the open flames, toasting marshmallows, drinking hot apple cider and making up stories about the crazy Station owner!

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our little camp site

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the fire pit

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the boys; (L-R) Jared, Pete, Jay & Ian

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relaxing around the fire

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Harley & his new camping buddy Max

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view over the valley

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red cliffs

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rock face

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view over the valley

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Harley by the fire

After 36 hours of sun, fire, nature, camp-fire cooking, mulled wine, no running water or showers, giggles, good company & pit toilets we returned back to the land of mobile coverage & internet! Vowing that next time we’re going for a few extra nights!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

supine

languid hours in sun,
embedded in the autumn grass;
premature winter winds gently nudge while the last remnants of the summer sun haze around the edges like yesterday’s hangover

autumn in Sydney is a delightful season; 
clear skies, calm harbour
friends & family milking the last of the weekend sun with
picnics and footy in the park

this weekend we entertained friends at home,
grounded ourselves in the park,
enjoyed wine & food at a local festival

it’s grand,
this life of ours,
this love of ours

Friday

me, Jared & Michelle
me, Jared & Michelle

Michelle & Amanda
Michelle & Amanda
Syaz, Bianca & Ivan
Syaz, Bianca & Ivan
Pete & Jared
Pete & Jared

Saturday

this isn't creepy at all!!!! random dolls in the trees on my walk
this isn’t creepy at all!!!! random dolls in the trees on my walk
beautiful Harley
beautiful Harley
Jay & Harley; earthing themselves
Jay & Harley; earthing themselves
Harley being a total weirdo. Honestly.
Harley being a total weirdo. Honestly.

Sunday

Pyrmont Wine & Food Festival
Pyrmont Wine & Food Festival
Timezone for adults!!! Tickets = wine!
Timezone for adults!!! Tickets = wine!
Jay & I
Jay & I
we bumped into Jared & Pete!
we bumped into Jared & Pete!
sunset
sunset
paws
paws
Mudgee Rose wines - yum!
Mudgee Rose wines – yum!

happy weekend my friend
xx