Our Two Year Anniversary at Dantosa Retreat, Blue Mountains

Monday, July 18, 2016
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Barrow Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Barrow Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Barrow Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Barrow Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Evans Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Evans Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Palladium Boots Timberlands Hiking Shoes

Dantosa Blue Mountains Retreat (via Airbnb). Photos taken by myself and Hai with Canon 70D DSLR.

For our two years anniversary, my amazing boyfriend Hai surprised me with a two night stay at Dantosa Blue Mountains Retreat. Although it is only an hour drive away for us it felt like such a world away.

Hai had booked out the cabin that slept 8 people for just the two of us. It was an old farmers house, with the sweet farmer's charm. One wall of the living room actually leaned forward and wood paneling and timber floors adorned the whole house. Plenty of natural light flooded the rooms and had a view overlooking the lake. It was so peaceful and calm and so far from the life I had at home. I loved it.

On the property, there was a lake. And sitting on top was a picture perfect floating Lake House with a deck, lounge and fire place. Other guests visited while we were there, we saw smoke billowing from the chimney and they lounged around laughing and chatting (the group was a lucky wedding party!).

Me and Hai spent the first day exploring the secluded retreat and the Lake House and we came home to enjoy wine and each other's company.

The next day we went hiking at the nearby Blue Mountains - a hobby me and Hai proudly share. We put on our boots and walked for two hours along the Clifftop track overlooking a valley of trees. Every once in a while Hai and I would take a break to sit and admire the view (and to take a breather).

We spent our weekend eating our favourite comfort food, drinking soy lattes while playing games and reading books. We admired the view and enjoyed the peace, all snuggled up in our blankets.

Thank you Hai for such a wonderful trip together, I really appreciate the thought and effort you put into picking this amazing retreat. I am one really lucky girl.


Birthday Roadtrip Part 1: Ophir Reserve Camping Grounds

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW Jeep Wrangler
Ophir Reserve Camping Site Roadtrip Orange NSW Gold Mines

Ophir Camping Reserve, Lewis Ponds Creek. Photos taken by myself and Hai using Canon 70D DSLR

Some of the amazing things Hai does for me makes me feel really lucky. For my 29th birthday, he took the same annual leave as me so we can escape to regional NSW. We planned a two day trip through Orange to Capertee in his Jeep Wrangler, stopping at Ophir, Turons Gate, Hills End, Sofala and the Glow Worm Tunnel. We packed our clothes, snacks, instant ramen noodles, sleeping bags, torches, iPod and portable phone chargers and left Sydney at 5am.
Although it only took two hours to reach Orange, it felt like a world away. Phone reception was nowhere to be found and soon tar roads turned into dirt roads and houses were replaced with cows, sheep and rolling hills.

And that was amazing. Me and Hai rolled down our windows and listened to Taylor Swift and held hands while we drove. No other cars in sight and no operating shops and contact with the outside world. We stopped to pet miniature horses and admire grazing cows and sleeping sheep. I was already loving the trip before I set my eyes upon our first pit stop - Ophir Reserve.

Ophir Reserve is a peaceful camping site with basic facilities such as toilets and BBQ sites. Camping fees are paid through an Honesty box (you can pay what you believe the fee is for using the facilities). Although we didn't camp here overnight I still admired the majestic tree that stood on the edge of Lewis Ponds Creek and Summers Creek. Ducks and Geese grazed behind us and the river flowed quietly.
Ophir Reserve marks where gold was first discovered in NSW back in 1851. Around the camp grounds are old relics of gold mines and walking trails however it is warned to be careful not to fall into the open mine shafts!
From here, me and Hai went onwards to Capertee and I will share those adventures through a series of future blog posts.
Below is a map of where I estimated the site to be based on my research - site is situated right next to big pool of water along Lower Lewis Ponds Road. It isn't hard to navigate to as there is only one road that leads to Ophir Reserve however do email me if you have any questions.
It is well worth the trip.



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