Saturday, 4 June 2011

Last Getaway??!?

Last weekend (I seem to have a habit of being one week behind in my sharing, don't I?!?!), Gus and I went away for a final getaway (or Babymoon as some like to call it) before the baby arrives.

Warning: Another photo heavy post. Click on the photos to enlarge as usual, but especially with the panoramas this time. ;)

We stayed here from Thursday to Sunday:

Peppers is a relatively top end luxury hotel/resort chain that we've stayed at previously and have loved each stay - this time was no different. Port Stephens is a lovely bay area about 2.5hrs out of Sydney, famous for lovely beaches, dolphins in the bay, and lovely seafood eateries.

This is a 360 degree panorama of the resort that my talent hubby took and stitched together:

There were three "houses" where the rooms were. We stayed in Dalton House. Ours is the second room from the left on the ground floor:

Inside the room. Nice huh?!?

Our first night and we were treated to an awesome rainbow right outside the window:

Practically every day (except the last one as it was pouring rain!), we were also treated to gorgeous sunsets:

The sunrises were awesome too, although we only managed to wake up and catch the tail end of them, and it was far too early in the morning to try and work a camera for a good photo. LOL

As I hinted on last week's Thankful Thursday, I was going to get pampered, and I did! I had booked in for a one hour massage on the Friday morning. Whilst it was a little strange having a massage half reclining and only restricted to my limbs and shoulders rather than a full body massage, I do have to admit that it was absolute bliss. I completely felt like jelly afterwards and very much refreshed. It was awesome!! LOL :D

Having thus been reduced to a mass of wobbly jelly, the rest of the activities that day - which included having lunch at Soldiers Point and then a brief walk at Tilligerry Nature Reserve - all passed in a bit of a blur. LOL

However, the next day, after refuelling with a lovely buffet breakfast, we went for a walk around Corlette Head, of which Peppers Anchorage is cosily nestled behind:

The clouds were doing lovely things:

We even managed to see some dolphins, although much to our disgust and frustration, they decided not to resurface again by the time we fumbled around and put on the telephoto lens to try and get a better photo. Typical wildlife!

Since the dolphins weren't playing nice, we headed off to Nelson Bay for lunch where the pelicans and seagulls were being a bit more cooperative:

The Nelson Head Lighthouse was our next stop. It was disappointing though as it was no longer a lighthouse, but had been converted into a Marine Rescue Headquarters:

We then headed to Gan Gan Lookout where Gus took another 360 degree panorama:

And I had to get this photo of him in the act of taking the panorama. LOL

Our final stop for the afternoon was Stockton Beach. You can drive on the beach and the sand dunes if you have a capable 4WD. What amused me greatly was seeing the camel rides! I was disappointed that I couldn't ride one - maybe AFTER bubby is born! LOL

We didn't spend much time at Stockton beach because it was very windy and cold, and besides, we had to get back to the hotel for High Tea:

Here I will admit that, being the gluttonous pigs foodies that we are, we finished EVERY CRUMB of that afternoon tea, AND managed to have dinner four hours later. Needless to say both of us had a very restless night. LOL

All in all, it was a very lovely and relaxing weekend (despite actually getting out and doing more sightseeing than resting in the resort!). I thoroughly enjoyed it and it certainly helped to ease some of the stress I've been feeling in the past month or so. I know it's only going to get worse from here on, but at least I have this lovely weekend to look back on.

Finally, I'll finish off with some obligatory food photos. We ate so much over the weekend and every meal except breakfast contained some kind of seafood. Living in the Mountains now, we don't get as much fresh seafood as we used to when we were living in Sydney, so this weekend we were definitely making the most of it! LOL (Unfortunately we only had these two presentable photos of all the food we ate. The other photos were taken with our mobiles and they turned out pretty shocking! Oh, and sorry if you don't like seafood, we love it!)

Thanks for persevering to the end of this post! Hope you found my trip interesting. :D



Amanda said...

It looks like you had a great time and what fabulous photos.

Jimjams said...

Gorgeous photos - especially the sunsets and the foot. Glad you enjoyed the high tea so much :D

Tick tock ... not much longer now ...

sutty said...

Looks amazing...and the shot of Gus taking the panorama (which is beautiful) made me laugh. Glad you are feeling well pampered :) Love all the shots - the rainbow and sunsets are soo nice - how long do you have to go now?

misteejay said...

Wow Winnie...stunning photos.

Glad you had a great time - everything looked super.

Toni xx

Jo said...

It sounds like you had an amazing time, those photos are stunning x

Hannah said...

Sound like you've thoroughly enjoyed yourself and been pampered, Mum read this post and said over my shoulder it'll be another 18 years till you can do it again!! :D When are you due, it must be pretty soon now? :)

Elaine said...

Hi Winnie & Gus

Your photos are amazing - look at that lovely food. Glad you got away before Babs is here - nice to get some me time. Look after yourselves :)

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Fantastic photo's Winnie, looks a fab place to visit and be pampered.

Sue x

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