Weekend Trip To Mannering Park

Monday, 6 October 2014

Last weekend, I went on a short 2D2N trip with the people from work to Mannering Park, where we stayed at a holiday house called "Sunset" to celebrate a coworkers' husband's birthday. Mannering Park is located on the southern shores of Lake Macquarie on the Central Coast of NSW, so it took about 2 hours to get there from the city. We headed up there after work (but not before having dinner at Wagaya) in 4 separate cars.

We arrived there at around 10:00pm, so we couldn't really see what the house looked like from the outside, but the house inside was really nice—there were 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 living rooms, so it was very spacious and could fit the eleven of us comfortably. It was also very clean, but being the germaphobe I am, I just couldn't make myself feel "at home" during the 2 days we were there.

One of the best features of the house was that it had a private jetty and direct waterfront views of Wyee Bayy. I haven't been to any beaches for a while, so it felt really calm and relaxing sitting on the deck listening to the sound of calm waves in the background.

For lunch, we had Hong Kong-style barbeque, where you cook all sorts of marinated meat and sausages over charcoal using hand-held forks. It was my first having this style of barbeque, but I didn't enjoy it very much because I'm not really a fan of barbeques in general. (The sun is already there glaring down on you, I don't need extra heat in my face to make things hotter.) To feed myself though, I just kept cooking cuttlefish balls because they were basically cooked in the middle and I only needed to brown the outer skin.

I was so afraid of burning that I was constantly spraying sunscreen on my face to the point that it looked ridiculously oily. My hair was all gross by the end of the day too. But my logic was that I'd rather look bad for a couple of hours than to be burnt for a few days. (I have no shame about carrying an umbralla while barbequing either.)

Overall, it was a fun trip because I've never actually been to the Central Coast before. However, I wouldn't call it a trip to "relax" because no place is like home for relaxing when I'm in Sydney. It's just too much of an effort to pack for such a short trip when I'm not the type of person who can simply grab the "essentials" and leave.

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