Road Trip North – First Stop… Newcastle/Hunter Valley/Beach

Well, I’ve got internet again 🙂  We’ve just pulled back into Newcastle to say ‘bye’ to Britt before we head back to Sydney and then fly out to India on Saturday.

We’ve been posting small statuses from our phones, as the hotels we stayed at you pay for all internet – and usually you pay per MB usage.  So, now’s the time to update you on our amazing trip north.

First Stop…. Newcastle/Hunter Valley/Beach!

We stayed in Newcastle for 4 days to hang out with Britt and take in some of the sights of where she lives.  We were finally able to come face to face with the many familiar names we’ve heard about and even talked to in the past years at the YWAM base here in Newcastle. It was good to sit in with Youth Street staff and see the fruitful ministry in action.

Random Kangaroos on the side of the road.
Random Kangaroos on the side of the road.
Bare vineyards!

Just an hour away from Newcastle is Hunter Valley.  As we drove the country side, I had just asked Britt if we would see any kangaroos randomly by the road when low and behold… there they were – grazing in the field!  Hunter valley is a world re-known wine making region. Because it’s winter, the vineyards were bare and the grape vines were pruned right back – one could hardly believe that they would produce any grapes at all.  We stopped at the local touristy village area to have lunch and check out the cheese and chocolate stores…that apparently go great with wine 🙂

Nobby Beach Breakwater in Newcastle

The next day we went to the beach.  One of our favourite places to spend time.  We walked out to the lighthouse and waited for the sun to set.  The site was breathtaking… it was SO gorgeous.  I was kind of going on and on about how amazing the sunset looked. At some point I realized my sunglasses were still on and thus was the reason I was experiencing the most amazing sunset of my life!!  Haha… it still was lovely!