Our ‘best of’ for 2021 part 3 – out of town

Its been a year where travel has been challenging, if not a near impossibility. Almost half the year was in lockdown, and when we were not, there were limits on where we could go. Hence our ‘travels’ were limited to close regional areas. So this blog is appropriate to be 2021’s best of “out-of-town”, because they are places we travelled to, albeit not too far.

Blue Mountains

We took one of the first trips after lockdown to the Blue Mountains where we stayed at the Hydro Majestic. What hits of ‘best of list’, is not the hotel as such, but their High Tea. The premium high tea is served to your table on a three-tiered stand and consists of petit finger sandwiches, sweets and freshly baked scones. It is accompanied by freshly brewed speciality tea. We pay an extra for a glass of champagne to have with our high tea. There’s also an eastern version of the high tea which we also try at an upgrade cost of $5. This came with a selection of steamed eastern dumplings, crab claw, prawn and vegetarian rice paper roll, bao with pork belly and a selection of eastern and western desserts and your choice of tea or coffee. The venue has spectacular views and really is the perfect spot for high tea.

Whilst in the Blue Mountains, be sure to visit Cassiopeia or Frankly My dear for coffee and Black Cockatoo is a must visit for baked goods.

It you’re after a drink with a lovely garden and outlook, great meal and even some woodfired pizza, we think the Alexandra Hotel in Leura is your spot.

On our return home from the Blue Mountains, we’re always sure to stop at Mountain high pies. Your old school pies, a bunch of favourites and classic creations. We can recommend their brekkie pie! Full of beans and sauce and topped with poached egg, bacon and Hollandaise! Wow. Only wow needs to be said.

Southern Highlands and South Coast

Bowral is always a good place to stop on a trip south, and a recent find for us was Nicks Bowral, where coffee meets art. A beautifully aesthetic space with amazing coffee and friendly service.

Keep heading south to the Shoalhaven region and be sure to stop at Mountain Ridge Wines for a wine tasting and beautiful food, Bangalay for dining and a luxury stay and Pelican Rocks for amazing Fish and Chips.

Head a little bit further and you’ll be down in Milton/Mollymook region and we really loved the renovations and high quality pub fare at The Milton hotel, as well as some amazing Italian food and wine at The guild in Milton.


On a short trip to do some surfing and check out the WSP tour, we loved our brekkie at Estabar in Mereweather.

Hope this helps you on your little getaways, and here’s to some more great foodie experiences

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