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Escape: A Brief Interlude in Milton7 August 2014

View from Cupitt's Winery

Written by Brian Johnston. Originally published in Escape.

SATURDAY, 20TH AUG:

Leisurely drive from Sydney to Milton. You can travel via picturesque Kangaroo Valley or via the coast. If you follow the coast you will bypass the scenic town of Kiama and, shortly after, can choose to stay on the highway through the historic town of Berry to Nowra, or leave the highway and continue along the coast, travelling through the charming towns of Gerringong and Gerroa, passing through Seven Mile Beach National Park and past award‐wining wineries Coolangatta Estate and Two Figs Winery, before rejoining the highway at Nowra. Travel a further 60km through rich rural pasturelands until you arrive in historic Milton.

Drive through Milton and turn right at Slaughterhouse Road. Follow this for around 3km, then turn right at Washburton Road (you will see the sign for Cupitt’s Winery). Follow this until you see the winery on your right hand side. Turn in here and follow to the end.

12:00

You have arrived at Cupitt’s Winery (58 Washburton Rd Ulladulla. Tel 4455 7888, www.cupittwines.com.au) where you can visit the Cellar Door and taste some award winning wines, made the traditional way in an underground cave.

Then take in the stunning views while enjoying lunch at the winery’s restaurant The Vineyard Kitchen, which uses the freshest local produce and serves seasonal food with French influences.

After lunch return to the Prince’s Highway and head north along the highway for five to ten minutes. You will see a signpost for Egans Farm Lane on your right. A short way along this road, on the left hand side, you will find Milton Country Cottages (83 Egans Farm Lane, Yatte Yattah – Ph 4456 5299, www.miltoncountrycottages.com.au).This award winning rural retreat will be your home tonight.

19:00

Dinner is at one of Milton’s delightful restaurants, Bacchus at Milton located in the heart of Milton on the Prince’s Highway (Shop7, the Settlement Arcade, 97 Pacific Highway, Milton. Tel 4455 3449, www.bacchusatmilton.com.au). Here you will enjoy modern dining and taste seasonal local produce. The restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine but is BYO so don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine on the way (or you can duck across the road to the pub!). There is no charge for corkage. After dinner, return to your cottage and relax with a glass of port provided by your hosts, before retiring to bed.

Sunday 21st August

Wake to the sound of the birds and enjoy a gourmet breakfast from the hamper provided. Relax on your day bed while watching the local birdlife and animals. You may see echidnas, kangaroos, wallabies, a lyre bird or a goanna and you are sure to see crimson rosellas, king parrots, wild ducks, superb blue wrens and kookaburras.

10:00

Meet Jane at the corner of Pacific Highway and Wason St (outside Pilgrims) for a guided tour of Milton’s shops. You will be amazed at the quality and range of shopping that this quaint village has to offer. You’ll find everything from edgy, contemporary fashion garments, shoes and accessories to local andinternational designer jewellery, sexy lingerie or charming books, gourmet delicatessens, locally made natural health and beauty products, preloved retro fashion and furniture, “upcycled”, recycled and Free Trade products from developing countries around the world (great for some guilt‐free shopping!) and a lot more. Enjoy a coffee at one of Milton’s al fresco cafes before hitting the road again to explore more of the south coast.

ENJOY YOUR TASTE OF MILTON!

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