Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path

Posted by in Ecotourism, Outback Australia Tours, Things to do in Sydney, Tours From Sydney | January 21, 2014

Lots of travellers these days want to get off the beaten path and away from the usual tourist traps. Sure they want to see the iconic sites that a destination is known for, but they also want to see some of the things that run of the mill tours don’t include. They want to discover the type of experiences that locals enjoy.

Canowindra, a quiet country town full of history

Canowindra, a quiet country town full of history

Getting off the beaten track isn’t so easy though. Where do you get advice?

You’d have to ask a local!

And that’s where I come in. On an Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures tour I will take you off the beaten path and introduce you to things that normal tourists never get to experience.  Sure, you will get to see the most important and famous parts of Sydney and the Blue Mountains, but you’ll also discover some truly unique and personal experiences which will give you an insight into what Australia is all about.

Bill uses horses to reap his crop of oats on Inglevale

Bill uses horses to reap his crop of oats on Inglevale

Foremost on the list of Off the Beaten Path places we go is the Farmstay at Inglevale. This isn’t a dude ranch set up for tourists, it’s a genuine working sheep farm, where farmers Bill and Mary welcome visitors for a night of demonstrations and entertainment with themselves and other locals who turn up for the fun. My parents and Bill’s parents are usually among the locals, as well as various other family and friends.  Inglevale is an operation straight from the past where the cropping is still carried out using horse-drawn equipment. Learning about this unique farm and meeting with friendly locals around the campfire over a True Blue Aussie meal is about as far from the Beaten Path as you can get!

Stalactites in Abercrombie Caves

Stalactites in Abercrombie Caves

Other highlights on an Aussie Bush Adventure which are not offered by other tours include a visit to the magical Abercrombie Caves. These caves are just as spectacular as the very famous Jenolan Caves, though not as extensive and very much more remote. Jenolan can get tens of thousands of visitors each month making it the most visited attraction outside of a capital city in Australia. But Abercrombie is remarkably quiet. Sometimes our tour brings the only visitors and we have the entire area to ourselves. That’s probably why we so often see native wildlife in the Conservation area surrounding the caves, including kangaroos, lyre birds, echidnas, wallaroos and more.

Famous for its wines, Mudgee also produces great craft beer

Famous for its wines, Mudgee also produces great craft beer

The wine growing region of Mudgee is a favourite with local Sydneysiders who enjoy weekends there, but it is pretty well off the beaten track for international visitors. Only an Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventure tour will take you to Mudgee, to taste the wines from its dozens of vineyards, try the beer from its brewery and sample the wide variety of foods produced in the region including cheeses, honey, hazelnuts, olives and olive oil. Every day bus loads of tourist travel from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, another prime wine producing region, but Mudgee is off the beaten track, as are the regions of Orange and Canowindra which we also visit on an Aussie Bush Adventure.

Historic villages like Canowindra are full of stories, and in Canowindra’s case a world class exhibition of a local fossil discovery in the Age of Fishes museum. Hill End is a relic from the 19th century when thousands of prospectors flocked to the town in search of gold. To explore the village now is a very quiet experience given its remoteness.

It’s experiences such as these which enhance the uniqueness of an Aussie Bush Adventure and give the traveller who’s looking for that something special the type of Off the Beaten Path experience they could only dream of if travelling by themselves.

 

 

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