With the weather turning cooler, have you been, like me, day dreaming about the chance to put your feet up in front of a beautiful fire in your own cozy, well equipped, private lodge with a spectacular vista of ever changing hues over the mountain ranges before you? Found it! Photographed it! Loved it!
I've just had the honour of photographing Dry Ridge Estate. The owners, Bob and Barbara invited me to capture (for their new website which is coming soon) their stunning slice of heaven in the Megalong Valley complete with rolling hills, dramatic escarpment, plentiful vineyards, a very inviting Cellar Door and the sensational Sunrise Lodge - which we stayed in for two nights. Oh I do love my job...!
My partner and I had access to explore the whole property, including the Six Foot Track - a 44.3 kilometre walking trail - which passes right through the middle of the property. The walk (whether you do all of it or just a part) and the property of Dry Ridge Estate itself, offer some of the most incredible scenery I have ever witnessed including waterfalls, a swimming hole, sheer cliffs and plenty of wildlife. We really do live in the best country in the world.
A local company provides horse riding tours that meander through the adjoining rainforest and valley floor, before stopping for a tasting at the Dry Ridge Estate cellar door. You can sit and contemplate the gorgeous view while sampling some of Bob and Barbara's specialty wines and share a cheese plate. It was so difficult not put my camera down and join them in a glass (the people of course, not the horses!)
Having been up since before dawn and shooting all day, I called it quits just before sunset. I'm really glad I did. When I was finally able to put my feet up with a glass of Riesling in hand, I simply couldn't be drawn away from the captivating view. Oh, except to pour myself into the incredible hot tub complete with mood lighting and wine glass holders, which conveniently also has a view of the valley. Nice design feature...
Two days simply was not long enough, especially since I was working for one of them. I'll definitely be returning to Dry Ridge Estate, if for no other reason than to experience it in a different season. The colours change before your eyes and there is so much to see and do. Or not. Actually we didn't get to use the fireplace. Hmm...what am I am doing next weekend?