This morning we started the day with our first bit of a sleep in before packing and heading down for breakfast once again provided by the lovely people at Schouten House. Today we were off to St Helens, the southern tip of the Bay of Fires and a great place to base yourself to discover this whole area of beauty.
We certainly took our day slowly today and made the most of the drive with a number of stops along the way, our first of which was Lake Leake with it’s dead tree limbs and the sky clouding over at the time, the whole scene had a very eery feel as you will see in the resulting photos. Following on from this we did venture into the local forrestry to find Lost Falls and with the current waterflow it was certainly not a waterfall worth finding which was a little disappointing.
Back on the main highway, the autumn gold’s were shining through in the local vineyards of the region and creating patterns with the green grass and surrounding hillsides. It certainly is helpful having a navigator and general lookout in the car with you as there can be so many opportunities missed over the next hill or around the next bend, so a big thank you goes to Fran for helping me out so many times.
Arriving in St Helens we checked in to Sweetwater Villas, a great place to stay both for location and quality of service. After chatting to the young guy at reception and learning the pick of the spots for food, photos we headed off to find a spot for sunset. As we headed to Binalong Bay, the clouds began to roll in creating some quite moody sunset shots but with a backdrop of the white sands and rocky outcrops covered in the distinct orange lichen it made for a nice afternoon.
Before retiring for the night, we found ourselves having a beautiful and well priced dinner at Mohr & Smith (recommended by reception earlier) along with some local drinks, mine being the Ironhouse Porter, an English Ale with a blend of 6 malts creating a dark but easy drinking beer (beautiful).