Hunter Trip 2019

3 vans arrived at Wine Country Caravan Park, Nulkaba. Greated by Cindy who guided us into our sites. Beautifully grassed & plenty of room. A trip was held here last September & great to see the improvements. Trees planted along fence line, more concrete slabs & new grass being watered. Also better shower heads in the amenities. The camp kitchen has 2 new settings seating 10. New work bench, fridge & huge Pizza Oven. Spent arvo having coffee and setting up camp. Happy hour started at Sue & Trevor's then moved to the Fire Pit. Weather was mild but carn't beat on open fire. New managers, Narelle & Ado,came & introduced themselves. A few hours & drinks later decided better have tea. This was had in the camp kitchen then back to the fire. Marshmellows were supplied...Yum. Ado gave me some great places to visit while in WA. All in all a great night. Next day went to Kurri Kurri to see the murals. There is 61 in all & a hidden Kookaburra in every one. They are impressive to see. Plenty of bakerys in town so pie/ sausage rolls & quiche for lunch with Bev suggesting having it in the park. Great idea but then the wind came up. Serviettes flying off table, trying to hold paper bags down & must say Col did a magnificent catch when Deb's quiche went flying off the table. Then onto Drayton's for some port. Next stop Pokolbin shops for a browse followed by an ice cream. Friday took a drive to Broke to check out the free camp.Couple of campers seemed to  have been there a long time. Good spot for couple days peace & quiet. Great drive through the country to Woolombi & Dr Jurds Pub. Walked the town with op shop being best. Not crowded like last time there. Had toasties in camp kitchen for tea as had good lunch at the pub. Then sat around fire, so warm. Next morning bacon & eggs for breakfast. Markets at DeBortelli winery were very disappointing. Not a lot of stalls. Visited Cider House but expensive to taste so onto Ben Ean Winery for cheese & olive tasting. No olive tasting due to the drought. Smelly Cheese Shop for lunch & coffee. Quiches were nice. For tea ordered Pizza's from Domino's & had them in camp kitchen followed by chating around fire. Park put on a pancake brekky for Sunday. Pancakes were light & very yummy. Heaps fruit, ice cream & condiments to chose from. First port of call after brekky was Benory Cheese. Lady was so generous with her tastings.We all bought something. Col's sister & husband live at Rothbury & had invited us for a wine tasting where Paul works. But first we went to their home on top of a mountain. Veiws overlooking Branxton & Cessnock. Magnificent...veranda all the way around the house where we sat & had our Cup Soups & Crackers for lunch. Extremely pleasant. Then onto Ballabourneen Winery plus Chilli Factory. We sat in a private room with platters of cheese, chilli, nuts & crackers. Paul did an excellent presentation on the wines with a couple bought. Thank you so much Lyn & Paul for your hospitality. Monday morning Deb,Col & Bev went to Hunter Valley Zoo. What a great zoo, so clean, cages good size, sign posted well & staff so friendly. Did couple of talks Wombats, Cheetahs & Lions. Monkeys have a new enclosure that they were being moved into that day. Definately a must see. Our last day & decided to try a couple of Olive Farms again. First one Hunter Olives. Had oils, sauces & relish. We bought a bag bread for tasting...50 cents. Must have been 30 items to taste. They had a BBQ sauce called "Ring of Fire". Extremely hot. As a gift package it has a roll of toilet paper with it. Then onto Tintilla Olives. They actually had olives to taste. They are grown about hour away.(Must get more rain there) For lunch Col's sister had suggested Grinders Espresso Cafe & Flowers. What a good choice. Burgers were the best we'd tasted for a long time. Chicken wraps were delicious too. Definately will visit there again.Weather has been good. Only 2 mornings down to 2 degree rest around 10 degrees. One afternoon some drizzle,1 day cloudy. Around 4 o'clock we start happy Hour in Trev & Sue's van, then 5ish wander down to the Fire Pit. Later cook & eat tea together in the camp kitchen then back to the fire....so enjoyable. Our last night in camp kitchen Narelle & Ado came & joined us as well as sharing his port. Next morning was no hurry to leave. Had morning tea in beautiful sunshine. Cindy (relief staff) came over for a chat (called Networkng) & took our photos. Then time to say bye....was a very relaxing, enjoyable week & definately will recommend Wine Country Tourist Park for a stay. Reporter Bev