March 11, 2014

Can you believe it is March already? With temperatures starting to cool, this is the perfect time of year for you and the family to get outside and enjoy the changing landscape. Explore the quiet roads by bike, paddle down the river or picnic under the autumn leaves against a spectacular purple-hazed mountain backdrop.

You can pick your own crisp apples or juicy oranges at one of the many local orchards, or simply laze away a weekend fishing on the Hawkesbury, with tailor and bream spawning in larger numbers in early autumn.

For true autumn foliage, it’s a short drive to Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens – and pick up some chestnuts or farm fresh fruit on your way up the Bells Line of Road. Australia’s most beautiful cool-climate botanic garden also hosts the TomahROMA Food and Wine Festival in May, with produce, gourmet treats, wine tasting, plant sales and live music beneath the fiery-coloured falling leaves.

Even closer to Vermont you’ll find the magnificent deciduous gardens at Wildwood in Bilpin, where you can enjoy the scents and sights of autumn, including wildflowers and maple trees, from the cafe verandah.

Take the family out and enjoy.

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