Who says life’s problems can’t be solved by running away?!

So today we’re leaving on a road trip. Fully loaded we’ve got snacks and supplies, and I’m hoping that spending a few days in the car drinking epic quantities of postmix diet coke will be a sufficient distraction from being sad. It’s also our wedding anniversary on Monday (awesome timing, ain’t that just the way) and we do like to try and travel on our anniversary if we can.

Our stops on this 3 day New South Wales trip will be, for one night each:

Orange ¦¦ Wine country. Whilst I’m not a massive wine lover myself, one thing I do know to be true is that where there is good wine, there is good food. We’re staying in an AirBnB set in actual land so I’m hoping for a kanga sighting or two. As it turns out, the host is coeliac as well and is leaving me not only gluten free cereal and bread but a gluten free toaster, too! How amazing is that?!

[Photo from our last Australian road trip, which was around WA in 2009 and we had just got engaged. High time for another one I think]

Dubbo ¦¦ The goal of our trip is to spend our anniversary at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. I am a big fan of Taronga; they do great conservation work and I know that animal welfare is paramount. I’m hoping for a good experience after my disastrous day at Featherdale, but I have high hopes. We’re staying in zoo cabins which apparently have a somewhat distant view of the African wildlife enclosure, so we’re planning a DIY BBQ dinner with views of giraffes. Not your average anniversary dinner and I can’t wait.

Mudgee ¦¦ Back in wine country, this is Country with a capital C. I’ve heard it’s beautiful and I’ve got some top tips to follow from a former resident. So we’ve got our dinner venue already picked out, and apparently the hotel we’re going to be staying in is beautiful too.

[Red earth for literal daysssss. Excuse the ‘noise’ on the lens, we’re calling it vintage]

I’ll also be using the journey to continue my research into Australian podcasts. I’ve decided I need to listen to more content based in my country of residence (I like to educate myself but I hear too much about trump and not enough about Australian things). So I’ll let you know the outcome of that, too. Let me know if you have any recommendations, please.

Catch you on the other side! I’ll try and post some instastories as I go so hop on over for a taste of Australian Country Life.

Let’s go get lost, let’s go get lost.




  1. 3rd September 2017 / 22:27

    Sounds amazing have a great time! Look forward to reading about it!

  2. 3rd September 2017 / 23:10

    Have a wonderful road trip Rachel! I’ve looked into the stay at the zoo before – my sister loves giraffes! So if you review it I’d love to read it! 🙂

    Fingers crossed for a fun and relaxing time and you come back refreshed and happy.

  3. 4th September 2017 / 01:17

    Enjoy!! Your flat in Orange looked amazing on IG!!! I had to LOL at the gluten free toaster! That’s awesome!

  4. 6th September 2017 / 05:23

    I hope that y’all are having the best time on your road trip, and it’s only fitting for y’all on your anniversary! My fingers are crossed that you’ll have a kangaroo sighting, and hopefully you get some great wine too!

  5. 6th September 2017 / 08:24

    This sounds like an amazing way to spend your anniversary, and I’m loving all of your Insta Story updates 🙂 Keep ’em coming!

  6. 7th September 2017 / 10:55

    Hope you have an awesome trip!

  7. 3rd October 2017 / 19:15

    Oh I can’t wait to hear all about it. Mudgee is one of my favourite destinations and Orange is lovely too. We’ve never made it as far as Dubbo so I’ll enjoy it vicariously through you. Hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

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