Our Plan for day two was to have a little sleep in then go have some lunch and visit some wineries around the Hunter. Unfortunately the sleep in was uneventful cause we had tradesmen working in the villa next door, so we just heard power tools from 7am onwards.
We went to the Hunter Valley Village for a bite to eat then went for a drive to check out some wine. I’m a red drinker so we made sure we purchased some to bring home, there is nothing like getting your wine straight from the cellar door.
That evening we ended up eating back at Harrigan’s Irish Pub, mainly cause we knew the service and food was good and wasn’t expensive, plus we could play a couple games of pool after we ate dinner.
We had to have an early night cause John had planned a birthday surprise for me, which was really exciting, and was defiantly going to be a memory of a lifetime.
We had organised with the resort to check out at 11am so we could come back after my birthday surprise, we had to pay an extra $60, for 1 hour, I wasn’t that impressed with that extra charge considering our experience at the resort.
The time had finally arrived for my surprise! Yay! I was so exited, John had organised a helicopter flight over the Hunter Valley as my Birthday present, now this was seriously the best present ever! This is something we had never done before so we were both pumped for the experience. I was very impressed with John for planning it, as I am usually the one that always organises everything.
I can highly recommend it as a treat or a special occasion if you are heading to the Hunter go for the Helicopter ride with Slattery Helicopters it is worth it and gives you a whole different perspective of the beautiful Hunter Valley! Our Pilot Jay was fantastic, giving us the full history of the area and what we where seeing. The actual ride was really smooth, considering I’m scared of heights, it didn’t bother me one bit.
We arrived back at the resort and check out, and made our journey home. I have to say thank you to my hubby John for such a great Birthday present and enjoying a few days away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Sometimes you forget just how close the Hunter Valley is, I highly recommend you go there for a weekend away and spoil yourself.
I did actually write an email to the management of Oaks Hotels which manage Cypress Lakes resort explaining our unpleasant experience, they did come back to me and offer us a free meal and a new restaurant they are building currently, after eating at one of their restaurants and having a horrible meal I will kindly decline, we will not be staying at the resort on our next trip to the Hunter Valley!
Have you been to the Hunter Valley, can you recommend great accommodation? How about a Helicopter Flight, have you ever been on one? Let us know in the comments below?