Travelogue: Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery cafe

Nestled amongst the valleys of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales is the picturesque Thredbo Valley, home to the award winning Wildbrumby Schnapps distillery.

 

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Image credit: Wildbrumby website 

 

The 20 acre Wildbrumby estate boasts a Schnapps distillery, working organic raspberry farm, cellar and a quaint little cafe. The picturesque car journey there from Hill Top (where we stayed) itself was worth it. Lake Jindabyne was absolutely breathtaking, it was like we were transported to Switzerland.

 

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Image credit: bookjindabyneaccommodation.com

 

The entrance to the estate was interesting.  Austrian cowbells and horseshoes decorated weathered log fences, laser cut Wildbrumby signs proudly visible all around the vicinity, and the scenery surrounding the place is a sight to behold.

 

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Think Sound of Music. I can totally picture Julie Andrews singing here, or perhaps the Mother singing “Climb every mountain”

 

The inside of the cafe was very quaint but cosy. The main feature was the state of the art German-built distillery pot in the middle of the rustic cafe. It’s where all the final distilling takes place. You can tell by their menu and setting that the distillery has some sort of Austrian heritage. There’s the Farmers Pfandi, Austrian Beef Goulash, Kessler, Austrian apple strudels (which is totally different from the Australian strudels), lemon gugglhupf, Schnappygato, just to name a few.

 

 

Their Toby Estate ice coffee that the Mr ordered was awesome as it was aromatic and smooth, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed their Bambino cones. My ice chocolate was decent but nothing to shout about. Unfortunately, we weren’t a fun of the apple strudels, I think we still prefer the usual Australian apple strudel. We did love the bacon from the brekkie plate. Lol.

 

 

 

 

Mommy had a bit of fun tasting most of the Schnapps while daddy took the responsible role of being sober. My favourite was the butterscotch and peach nectar.

 

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Overall, it was a great experience for us. It’s rare that we get to enjoy a cuppa with the daddy without him being constantly on the phone busy with work. So we really treasured the moment.

 

I’d recommend everyone and anyone who is travelling to the Snowy Mountains to make the detour and visit this beautiful little place. We fell in love with the place, I’m sure most of you would too.

 

Wildbrumby Schnapps DistilleryCorner of Wollondibby Rd and the Alpine Way
Jindabyne NSW 2627 Australia
E info@wildbrumby.com
T 02 6457 1447 / F 02 6457 140

 

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We’ll definitely be back, Boshack Outback!

Nestled among the Australian bushland in the middle of nowhere, I mean Toodjay, is the lovely 300 acre Boshack Outback farmstay.

The farm land itself is filled with picturesque scenes that you usually only get to see in documentaries and movies.

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On the way to Boshack, with just rows and rows of meadows and bushland

We arrived pretty late in the afternoon on our first day so we went straight to dinner and then bed. Nothing much to brag about. However, the next day was totally awesome!

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It’s not everyday one gets to sleep under a million stars, only to wake up to a million dollar view

As we stayed at the Lakeside Glamper, we were greeted with a stunning morning view of the lake. Don’t worry, they have a system nearby to actually keep the lake’s water level under control. And apparently it used to be a road along of the middle of the lake, but as time went by, water started rising from the ground so much so that it eventually became a lake. Isn’t that interesting?

The Lakeside Glamper was too huge for me to take a picture, but I managed to snap a pic of the tin sheds next to our glamper

We managed to do a mini-tour within the farm since it was such a beautiful sunny day. We got to feed the horses upclose, chase the chickens, geese and guinea fowls around, marron netting, fish netting, eggs collecting, dreamtime walking, boomberang throwing, and water divining. Wow, that was a mouthful. And unfortunately I didn’t get to snap pictures of everything we did, because you know, I was kinda excited myself to try out everything. LOL

The main dining room

Right outside the main dining area

Tree climbing was an awesome experience for the kids

Chicken chasing and eggs collecting!

A walk through the Dreamtime trail… learning about the bushland’s history and having a feel of the Paperbark tree

Getting onto the rustic trailer for the bestest bumpity ride ever!

Our first taste of Marrons and the hubs got to try his hands on catching them!

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We also tried canoeing. This silly city mom didn’t know how to steer the canoe and almost got everyone stuck in the middle of the lake. LOL

We also forgot to take a picture of the toilets and shower, which were one of the highlights of the trip. So I’m crediting letmebefreeblog for her photo instead.

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Outside toilets and open roof showers. And you’ll need a torchlight to get there during night time

All and all, it was a great trip. We couldn’t take any pictures of the amazing night sky filled with millions of stars. They were so clear and looked so close to earth, it was literally breathtaking.

 

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Thank you for such a wonderful experience, Boshack! We’ll definitely be back!

 

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Reblog: A Wonderful Family Getaway: Lilly Pilly Cottage Farm Stay @Gidgegannup, Western Australia

I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since we’ve been to Lilly Pilly! We’re seriously missing this little quaint cottage, and fingers crossed we’ll be able to make another trip there before Nemo is born. Anyway, here’s a recap from our wonderful experience there is 2014.
Nestled in a secluded farmland among towering Jarrah trees, the Lilly Pilly Cottage embodies the spirit of an ultimate Australian Bushland experience.
This homely, fully self contained little cottage has three comfortable cozy bedrooms, catering up to eight people. Since there were only five of us (one being a toddler), we had plenty of extra space to, well, waste. It’s a pity that in the midst of all the excitement, I actually forgot to take pictures of the rooms, but I did manage to take one of the lounge, which is equipped with a fireplace! How awesome is that?
Within the hundred-acre land, only thirty-five acre is utilised as a farm, an organic vineyard and two cottages; the rest of the sixty-five acres are kept in its natural form of Australian bushland. In the farm you will find a flock of sheep, some horses, cows, alpacas, and chickens. Patrons are encouraged to join in during feeding time every morning and evening. That particular activity quickly became Little Miss NAPB’s favourite time at the farm getaway.

 

 

 

 

 

“This is how you feed the chickens, daddy!”

Say “ahhhhhhhh”

 

“You gotta open your mouth before eating, Baa Baa Sheep”

Poor Baa Baa Sheep getting impatient while Little Miss Perfectionist attempts to sort out the hay, LOL

Such a proud moment for us that Little Miss NAPB was brave enough to be in such proximity with the animals

Being the farmhand of the day also meant that Little Miss NAPB had to help out with raking and transferring of the haystack prior to feeding the cow and bull.
A huff and a puff… Stacking the hay sure is hard work!

And some random shots of the cottage’s surrounding…

The organic vineyard
 
Overall we had an awesome and memorable experience at the cottage, and would absolutely love to return again. But perhaps not till sometime later in the future. It’s not exactly cheap at roughly AUD$550 for a two night stay, but I guess if the accommodation was shared between two to three families, it would definitely be worth it. Of course, if you were to stay for a week, the price per night would be much cheaper as well.

Thank you, Farmer Ray, for your generous hospitality. We will definitely meet again!
And thank you Goong Goong and Popo for the treat to this amazing getaway!
Lilly Pilly Cottage
Gidgegannup, Western Australia

Travelogue 2016: Sungai Besar/ Sekinchan

Just recently, my in laws decided to take the whole unRoyal Household for a half day trip to a small town called Sungai Besar, which was located nearby Sekinchan. It was where you’d find awesome seafood restaurants. Unfortunately, the one that we went to wasn’t that great, but I think it’s the company that matters more than the food. Because the kids only fly to Malaysia about once a year, it was a rare occasion to be able to spend a day trip or travel with my in laws, which in my opinion was a pity. It would have been nice for the kids to grow up being close to their paternal grandparents. But life isn’t always perfect, is it?

Anyway, here are some random shots of the day.

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We were so lucky to find a village treehouse near Redang! Big Warrior was so ecstatic as she’s been missing her back to nature play so badly since arriving at Malaysia. She jumped on the chance and quickly climbed up the treehouse, swing from the tree like Tarzan (she even had to show her elder cousin brother how to do it because he’s never done it before LOL), and just ran around like a child in tune with nature. It was such a happy sight. 🙂

Aaaaand, if I had to choose a photo of the day, it would be this… 😀

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FRREEEEEEEESSSSSSHHHH COCONUTSSSSSS. Darn, I miss fresh coconuts. We don’t get them in Australia. Meh. Think I’m gonna head out to get some now, while I’m still in Malaysia.

 

Till later,

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