Beach Cottage Country New South Wales

Wed 4th, Jul, 2012

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G’day Beach Cottage lovelies, some pics today from a short break we have had to the country, this is part one, I hope you enjoy seeing more of the country that I now call home.


I love this country, the one they call the Lucky Country, I think, if you have been with me for a while, you will know that I am Top Australia Ambassador….I love it here, for so many reasons…one of the biggest though, is the diversity and the beauty in that…the coastal life is pretty rocking I have to admit, but that is not what it’s all about here…

And so when we take a break, we prefer to head to other parts of Australia and get to see a bit more of it…most of the time we like to head out to the country…living by the sea, the one thing I do miss is those long country walks through the woods and hills…and so we look for a remote place with not much going on and fill it with fresh air and walking…



As the Beach Cottage Crew have got older we need to spend a little bit of time researching where to go, our kiddos are pretty good at just going out for hikes, since they all have been tiny babies, long walks have been part of life, but sometimes in their different stages they need a bit more…


We have learnt, through experience, that a farm stay type set up will fulfill everyone’s wishes in this family for a short break to re-charge the batteries…because country/farm breaks will normally come with stuff that the boys like, read : chopping up wood, feeding the odd animal, making dams in rivers, doing some off-roading, building things, riding a quad bike, throwing things and if possible shooting at things…and with stuff that the girls like, read : long, lovely walks with fresh air and chats, photo taking opps galore, deep baths, warming feet by the fire and watching girlie movies…

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That’s it from me and Barls and my cone head … I hope you enjoyed the pics??  I have to say I REALLY enjoyed taking them, I am in photo taking heaven here…it is literally at every turn…


p.s. Barls has been blogging at his Fan Page  x



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26 Responses to “Beach Cottage Country New South Wales”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Stunning photography Sarah!! Looks like a lovely winter break, it is really cold here in Sydney too!!
    Beautiful!! Wow Barley s so big now!!

  2. Look at you, going all “travelogue”, I love it! What a gorgeous country side you have there in your part of the world. It looks wonderful. ❈

  3. Lark says:

    Thanks for sharing a part of Australia we often don’t get to see!

  4. alison says:

    What area did you stay in? I loved the photo of the river. Beautiful.

    I’ve been looking at a farmstay in the Kangaroo Valley area that has lots of activities. Mr alison is at his happiest when he is busy on a holiday. Happy hubby, happy wife.

    I’m heading to Jervis Bay soon for a short break. I’ll probably just stare at the ocean, read, walk along the beach, drink coffee and talk non stop with my friend. Couldn’t ask for much more in life.


  5. Selby says:

    Gorgeous getaway! Nsw ?

  6. Rukmini Roy says:

    WOW. WOW. I am a fan of the photographer. These are some brilliant shots sarah… Really brilliant and i won’t lie about photography. So good to see you have fun and that wee barley tottering along :) Peck on his naughty cheeks.

  7. Neen says:

    Your photos are STUNNING, we do live in a beautiful country don’t we. Lucky us xxxx ;) Neen

  8. Kirsty says:

    Yep, it’s not called the lucky country for nothing!

    By the way, i’m a cone head in a beanie too :)

  9. Susan @ Afford Your Passions says:

    It sounds like you had a lovely mini-vacation.

    My son (age 12) flew into Sydney today from Melbourne – he’s got 3 days there before he flies home to the USA, after his 4 week adventure. I can’t wait to see all the pictures he took, and eat all the Cadbury’s he’s bringing home for me!

  10. Love these pics. And your conehead! Very cute!! You guys are the total reverse to my family…we live in the country so look to the beaches for our hols. I think we’re both in a win/win situation!!?! xx

  11. Alice says:

    That last photo is something special… What are those specs are they seeds bursting from the parent plant? What a moment to capture! lol.. Too good… Will be heading to the country this spring for a change this year (we are usually outback during the easter break)… Just trying to decide how long the stay will be!

  12. You were lucky to get good photos of the wallabies, usually they are so shy and bound away, the ones around us are anyway. Has Barley been chasing anything? or has he been super obedient and hung with you guys?

  13. So so beautiful plus stunning photos x

  14. Elaine in Laguna says:

    Simply stunning! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Lassiegirl says:

    Enjoy the country break. It looks so wonderful and refreshing for the soul. With temps over 100 everyday and dry here in northeast Oklahoma, I and our 2 collies are feeling cabin fever to the max. It’s just too hot for me and for the collies. It is actually dangerous hot for the furries. So, the dogs play in the sprinklers and we take our boys to the pool and we wait for Fall. Really, the only time for walkies is at night when the sun isn’t searing down on us. So glad you brought Barley along. It has been fun to see him growing up…love his blog. Our newest, Piper Echo, is now 7 mths old and it is truly amazing to see how grown-up she has gotten, too. Have fun :)

  16. Looks similar to here! It’s so beautiful!

    I too love long walks out in the country. I try to go every day. I love the peace and the stillness. It’s so fun to go exploring too. Checking out different paths etc. I have lived here for 13 years and I still have so much to explore. :o)

    Enjoy your break Sarah!! Fabulous photos my dear!

  17. Lucky country, indeed, Sarah! BEAUTIFUL country, too! Wow. Gotta tell you that you look so fit and trim in your photos, girlie. Yours 350s are truly working for you! :) Funny to see you wearing your scarf and cute hat — while we’re sweating our pits out here in MI with temps in the 100′s with 75% humidity. Whewwww! Official heat wave and drought going on here. And I can’t believe how big Barley has grown already! What a doll! :)

    xoxo laurie

  18. Freda says:

    I see we are all using the word ‘stunning’ – they are! Especially that one of the moon. Thanks for sharing these…

  19. Sarah says:

    Great photos and so different to a walk in the country in England!
    Sarah x

  20. HRH Sarah says:

    It’s amazing how strange the pictures of LAND seem on your blog! I mean, I’m just so accustomed to pictures of the sea (and yes, that is a good thing!)… However, those pictures kind of shocked me in a neat way- like I just plunked down into the middle of your vacation in a faraway country. The picture of the green fencing bordering the long drive is fantastic, as well as the pics of the river or creek. Thanks for taking us along with you!

  21. Jackie P says:

    Gorgeous photos. You’ve got it girl!

  22. Kat says:

    Simply gorgeous Sarah, you are a talent with the camera.
    Looking pretty fab yourself too :)

  23. Cone head, geez you make me laugh ha!! Great photos, it still looks nice and warm with the clear skies, looks are deceiving I bet. Brass monkey weather up here, but yes country living is the best :)

    • sarah says:


      we had unusually warm weather while we were there and I had brought clothing for Arctic conditions lol but I was determined to wear a hat and scarf – of course with clear blue skies and sun in the day the night was cold cold cold xxxxx

  24. wow! it all looks so entirely beautiful!