Thursday, August 20, 2009

Caving and Wine Tasting in Australia

There are quite a few caves in the Blue Mountain area with Jenolan
Caves being the favorite for tourist by far. We decided to pass on a
guided tour at Jenolan in favor of exploring the Borenore caves on our
own. Located about 15 km outside Orange, NSW, the Borenore caves are
a small system that you can explore on your own as long as you have
sturdy shoes and a strong torch. The picnic area makes it a nice
place to spend an afternoon. Be on the lookout for kookaburra birds
which to us sounded like monkeys in the zoo.

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that Orange is also in wine
country. At the caravan park, you can pick up a long list of local
vineyards in the area and Alan, the manager, is happy to give you the
low down on where to go for tastings. We walked into town to the
Union Bank for a sampling of the Belgravia wines. The guys at Union
Bank were very knowledgeable and more than happy to let us sample
everything they had out. The Chardonnay was surprisingly good and the
wines were consistent across the board. Well worth a stop if you find
yourself in Orange.

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