Last weekend Dave and I packed the kids into the car just after lunch on Friday and took off on an adventure to Orange.
It'd been about 8 months since our last failed attempt at a mini-break and sometime between then and now, we plucked up the courage to try again. Holidays with kids are no easy task but after we conquered our first night (which totally included a cracking midnight fight) we were set to go and had a lovely time.
We stayed in the most budget cabin known to man and it was just perfect for our little family. Contained by tiny faux timber walls were 3 bunks covered in mission brown vinyl, one double with protruding springs and umpteen rubber backed curtains in mottled maroon. It was a glorious nod to the mid 1980's in which it was built. Aside from being perfectly compact it brought back many a happy memory of my own childhood holidays to beach side locations all over the blustery South Coast.
On Saturday morning we rose with the sun to deliciously crisp country air. A quick buzz around town lead us to the best coffee I've ever had in my life at Factorie Espresso, a cracking little cafe and wine bar filled with the sweet aroma of coffee and oodles of attractive men in butchers aprons. It was kind of like heaven, actually.
The highlight of our weekend was by far our trip out to Mandagery Creek Farm to visit the ever beautiful Sophie, her family and their amazing property littered with delicious deer. We devoured fresh venison on the BBQ cooked by Sophie's husband Tim. It was easily the most tender meat I have ever eaten and was accompanied by fresh salads, icy white wine and raucous laughter. Blood Oranges dipped in Dark Chocolate were served for dessert and I must confess to eating more than my share- they were amazing.
After lunch we jumped into the back of Tim's work ute and went for a tour of the farm - the children were able to feed the deer and give them a pat. It was seriously SO much fun and a stunning change for this coastal family.
Sophie and Tim run a Farm Kitchen on their property which hosts 'family friendly' gourmet lunches complete with bubbles on arrival, cooking demo and farm tour.
If you're looking for a little getaway with your family, you really must head out to Orange. We fell in love with the town for it's unassuming charm, great coffee and seriously awesome 1980's accommodation.*
*Orange has many lovely boutique options... they were just outside of our budget. I reckon we did the whole weekend for under $250 inclusive. Thats a pretty affordable weekend away, even for tight wads like us.