Road Trip- Part One

Hello everyone , hope this finds all well in your part of the world.

We arrived home a few days ago from our trip interstate and I have been attempting to write this post every day since but somehow I seem to get distracted with exciting things like washing , grocery shopping, cooking and chores.

I know the post title is road trip , which is mostly true but there was some flying involved too. Firstly we flew to Melbourne , where we spent three very enjoyable days , catching up with dear friends for lunch and meeting our son , Callum and his partner Georgie and Georgie’s mother, Dianne for dinner as well as a little shopping and exploring favourite haunts.

We then flew up to Sydney also for three days , which was a treat as it has been way too long between visits. We stayed at the Grace Hotel , a beautifully restored Neo-Classic building built in 1920 with a stunning Art Deco interior.

I have always been a great admirer of Art Deco style so staying here was right up my street.

John and I spent much of our time in Sydney simply wandering uncovering new delights and reacquainting ourselves with our favourites. One of our favourite touristy things to do is wander around the harbour and eventually make our way into the botanical gardens.

I feel it would be very remiss of me to not include the icons of Sydney harbour – the Sydney Harbour Bridge ( known affectionately as the coat hanger because of its arched shape) and the magnificent Sydney Opera House .

On our wandering in an area known as Darling Harbour we visited the Chinese Garden of Friendship that was a collaboration between Sydney and Guangzhou , the capital of Guangdong province in China and was built for The bicentennial in 1988 to celebrate the role of the Chinese community in developing Australia’s commercial and social structures since the 19th. century.

It really was the most beautiful and peaceful spot so near to the hustle and bustle of the city.

There were many of these guys around much to the delight of several overseas visitors. He is a goanna , one of several species of lizard , and features prominently in Indigenous mythology and Australian folklore.

We collected our hire car in Sydney and hit the road heading toward the town of Mudgee in Western New South Wales , our home for the next couple of days. I must admit to some apprehension when John suggested this, as to be honest I am no country girl ,but I did enjoy this part of our trip .  We also visited the town of Gulgong , a 19th. century gold rush town with many original buildings making it look like a movie set .

Another reason to visit this is area for John was to visit one of the many excellent wineries .

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Lowe Family Wines , sharing a wine tasting and cheese platter . I was most taken with the imaginative decorating done with pieces collected from a variety of thrift and vintage sources by one of the owners.

From Mudgee we travelled to the town of Armidale in the area known as New England for a one night stop. We stayed at a rather interesting hotel dating back to 1854 , Tattersals Hotel . The original hotel was typical of the period but for some reason it was made over in the 1930’s taking on the Art Deco mode of that time. The hotel continued trading successfully for many years until the death of its owner and after many ownership changes was restored in its Art Deco style in 2016.

As they say in the classics here concludes part one , hopefully I will write and post part two over the weekend.



  1. May 3, 2024 / 9:22 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful holiday! Plane rides, car rides, and Art Deco! I love that style as well, but I haven’t stayed at many places with that decor. I’ve always thought the Sydney Opera House is quite striking. I remember when it was revealed and some of the uproar over the design. Maybe, that was just here in the States, though. I can’t wait for part 2!

    • grownupglamour
      May 7, 2024 / 5:41 am

      Thank you Marsha , it was a varied and most enjoyable holiday . I do love Art Deco and must admit this was my first time staying in an Art Deco Hotel and we found two . You are quite right about the Sydney Opera House it did cause quite a controversary at the time. I am always in awe of those sails against the harbour.

  2. Kerrie
    May 5, 2024 / 7:45 am

    Great to hear about your holiday Jill. Glad you both had a good time. I look forward to Part 2! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      May 7, 2024 / 5:36 am

      Thank you Kerrie , we had a great time.

  3. May 6, 2024 / 8:55 am

    What a treat it was to accompany you on your road trip, Jill! Thank you so much for sharing! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      May 7, 2024 / 5:36 am

      Thank you Ann , so glad you enjoyed following along.

  4. May 7, 2024 / 6:29 am

    Fascinating Jill, and the Art Deco hotel is lovely. Sydney looks delightful and that controversial Opera House is now seen as highly original and I think emblematic of Australia. Thank you for sharing as it makes Australia look so inviting!

    • grownupglamour
      May 28, 2024 / 9:30 am

      It was my pleasure to share a peek at our trip. Sydney is such a beautiful city with its harbour and those well known landmarks.

  5. May 22, 2024 / 6:51 pm

    Your blog is such a treat for my eyes! I love all the photos and I’m happy I found your blog. Will keep watching for new posts xx

    • grownupglamour
      May 28, 2024 / 9:28 am

      Thank you so very much Miyo for your kind comment , it is much appreciated.

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