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.
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
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.
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.
On a recent trip to the USA with my wife for a vacation, I was lucky enough to see many amazing motor cars. It seems that America has a great number of enthusiasts and an affordability of sports cars for the masses.
Some cars that are simply out of reach financially for Australians, are common in America.
Obviously the American built muscle cars are a dime a dozen and many of them are also rental cars for tourists.
The Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and the Corvette are some of these cars.
But one car stands alone to me, and seemed rare in the USA as well. That is the AC Cobra.
It doesn’t matter how many super cars I see, and modern sports cars, there is nothing like the curves, the simplicity and the horsepower of a Cobra. Those leg pipes that emit the beautiful rumble of the V8 motor…..I get excited just thinking about it. Haha
You can have all the drive settings in a modern car, automated transmissions with paddle controls, and rocket ship like capabilities……put me in a Manual AC Cobra anyday and I will be the happiest man alive.
One day my dream will come true, and a AC Cobra will be in the Sydney Coupes and Roadsters garage, I’d even settle for a replica….until then I will keep dreaming and admiring them as they pass.