Mount Panorama visit to Bathurst

Yesterday was a miserable rainy day in Sydney, and I happened to have a day off work and my little MX-5 hasn’t left the garage in a couple of months, so it was time to blow out the cobwebs and go for a drive.

For anyone that has owned a convertible, you’ll understand why I wanted to get out of rainy Sydney Town. So I headed west, over the Blue Mountains stopping for a quick coffee in Katoomba at my favorite coffee shop in the mountains called Cassiopeia at 79 Lurine St, Katoomba. 

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Cassiopeia is truly a hidden gem in the Blue Mountains, if you’re fussy about your coffee as I am, this is the place to be. Great coffee roasted by themselves too, great food, and service with a smile. Once I had my caffeine fix I continued west down through Lithgow and out to Bathurst where I jumped straight onto the track at Mount Panorama.

The Mount panorama track is still a public road, and there are many farms and homes scattered along the whole track, and the speed limit is restricted to only 60km/h. Although it is still nice to drive this track at slow speed, I would really love to do a track day up here and really have some fun.

Check out the video below to see the track in its beauty.

After having so much fun knocking out a few laps of the Mountain, it was time to head East back to Sydney and get back to the hum drum of housework and other responsibilities, so on return I decided to take the Bell Line Road for a more picturesque drive home. Sadly due to heavy rain and fog the view was completely hidden and the drive slow.

Through the rain, however, I did see a sign saying “Home Made Apple Pie”, how could I possibly resist? Stopping at The Pines Orchard Cafe

The Pines Orchard Cafe
Apple Pies Bell Line Road

This little roadside diner was a great find, selling loads of all your favorite home made products from delicious marmalade’s, jam’s, relishes, locally grown fruit and honey, and I picked up an apple pie for dinner later that night, and had a cheeky Chicken Pie for the trip home. Well worth a visit as you are passing through.

Coming back into Sydney the weather was clearing slightly, but the MX-5 was looking worse for wear after rain, mud and road grime, but all in all it was a fantastic drive and I was still home by about 3pm.

If you enjoyed the above video check out the POV video below.

 

Sydney’s Best Driving Roads – Old Pacific Highway

The Old Pacific Highway, Old Pac Road, starts north of Sydney near the suburb of Berowra.

It travels along side the freeway but twists it’s way all the way to Gosford on the central Coast, past Cowan, Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, through Mooney Mooney and Calga.

Along the Old Pac Road there are plenty of places to stop. In Cowan there is The Pie in the Sky, where you can grab a coffee, pie of sausage roll and a chat to other drivers and riders alike.

Brooklyn is a pretty little village with cafes, a pub, and some scenic water views.

There is also another roadside diner called the Roadwarriors Cafe.

Check out our Royal National Park drive here

Sydney’s Best Driving Roads – Royal National Park

Just south of Sydney is one of the best driving road around, The Royal National Park starts just south of Sutherland and snakes it’s was through the forest along the coast heading through Audley, Bundeena, Lilyvale, Otford to a lookout at Stanwell Tops called Bald Hill lookout. It’s here at Bald Hill that you can grab a coffee, snack or ice cream whilst looking over the ocean.

As we head further south we wind our way down to Stanwell Park along the coast, across the Sea Cliff Bridge to the Scarborough Hotel for breakfast.

This drive is short enough to not take up too much time, but long enough to feel like you had an amazing drive and got to get out of the city for a break.

The Royal National Park drive (Nasho) is very popular, and as such it’s so important to keep an eye out motorcyclists and bicycles as well.

Once you have done the drive shoot me a message, I’d love to see what you think.

Check out the video below to enjoy the drive with me.

 

 

Check out our Kangaroo valley Drive here

 

Sydney’s Best Roads for Driving and Riding – Kangaroo Valley

Today’s drive started in the town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW. I headed down the Hume Highway from Sydney bright and early on my day off with a plan to have a nice breakfast in Bowral and then run across through Fitzroy Falls, Kangaroo Valley, up over Berry Mountain and then down into Berry.

Breakfast started at the lovely “Hunger Therapy” cafe on the main street of Bowral. This is a regular breakfast stop for me when driving or riding in these areas, food is always great, good coffees and a friendly smile.

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After leaving Bowral I headed out of town to Fitzroy Falls, this first section is pretty straight forward, just beautiful country highway roads with a little trucking traffic but relatively free. The autumn morning was so crisp, clean air, blue skies and the land is quite lush through there at the moment.

Fitzroy Falls was absolutely spectacular, a short walk out to the viewing platform and the falls are right there. I must admit that I’m a chicken when it comes to heights, so i had my wobbly legs on as I walked to the edge of the lookout. Haha.

Even if you are only passing through, Fitzroy Falls is a must!!

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After leaving Fitzroy Falls I grabbed a quick coffee at an old Service Station called “Falls Cafe”, the meat pies smelt amazing but having only just had breakfast the coffee will do.

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From the Falls cafe, my next stop was in Kangaroo Valley itself. The roads start to get windier and steeper and loads of fun, and then as you turn to cross the river you get your first sight of the beautiful old bridge called Hampden Bridge.

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The last leg of this drive was from Kangaroo Valley, via Kangaroo Valley Road, across Berry Mountain arriving to the Highway just South of Berry. This section of road was super windy and single lane, but was also quite a rough road, plenty of pot holes but still buckets of fun and plenty of smiles.

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To learn more about this drive from Bowral, through Kangaroo valley to Berry, watch our video below.

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