A freelance writer who lives at beautiful Lake Macquarie - owned by two adorable, very cheeky, spoooilt Labradors.
Published April 2nd 2016
Get your 'Ned Kelly' on
If you haven't just washed your car and/or just had a wheel alignment (seriously, it can feel like driving on corrugated iron for quite a bit there - if coming from the Laguna end) - then why not 'emancipate' yourself with a day out to sweet St. Albans - on the mollifying Macdonald River (approximately 2 hours driving time from both Sydney and Newcastle).
A 'day-cation' back in time - St. Albans (home to the enchanting, heritage-rich, secret-garden-esque Settlers Arms Inn) is a secluded hideaway which could have you feeling revitalised before the day is through.
Granted with some of the most unaffected driving scenery - this is Australiana at some of its quintessential best. Tall gums, varying cave formations, open grasslands, 'as pretty as a remote and private picture' picnic spots on the river - take advantage of that 'ticket of leave' and get a feel for what it might have been like for the travelling early settlers, or perhaps more so, its original inhabitants.
Feeling peckish after your swim? Skip on over the road and have some lunch in the shady beer garden at the Settlers Arms Inn (while the kids climb the big old tree and/or the play tractor and maybe make friends with the chooks). With the belly then full how about take a quick wander up to St. Albans Gallery.
Stroll across the way for some lunch after your swim
A 'day-cation' to St. Albans truly is a 'transportation' for the whole family, which will allow for all - to stop and smell the roses (or perhaps the Wattle in this case).
A quick and cheap yet very effective alternative to a weeks' holiday away… or, if you did want to stay, Settlers Arms Inn offers accommodation 7 days per week - just remember to take heed of their whimsical Tavern Rules.