If you would like to stay away a few days from your busy routine, I suggest taking some time off away from the city: simply going to the country, watching the clouds, or feeling the sea breezes. People are more interested in the beaches than the bushes in Australia. It is true that there are many beautiful beaches (think of Manly and Bondi) where you can take a short stroll. For me, I always enjoy going up to the mountains to see the scenery in a distance. But Blue Mountains in the outskirt of Sydney are too “hot” and popular for a short trip with too many holiday-makers from local and overseas. You don’t want to end up walking in crowds of visitors and scrambling to take some nice pictures in great difficulties. I am a person who prefer going to a place nice, quiet and simple; though I admit the drive to Blue Mountains is scenic.
Life is full of wonders and surprises, but short. So why waste your time only on those tourist attractions? Why not enjoy a break in Cloud Break in Jamberoo? It is located in the south coast of Sydney, approximately 2 hours drive, 95km from the heart of the city. Recently I have had a chance to spend half a day in it. I have no regret to introduce it to you.
The town Jamberoo, with a population of 1526 (2011 Census), is famous for its water action park. Every year during summer, we are probably watching too many TV advertisements about it. It is obvious that too many attention has been directed to there. However, once your car has passed the water park main entrance, you probably do not see too many vehicles on the roads. It remains a quiescent little town.
Cloud Break is located further up in the mountain, in a dairy farming community surrounded by rainforest and castle pasture. The road going uphill needs all drivers to pay extra heed to its condition all the time. But the unpaved Misty Lane is easily found on your left from the direction of Wollongong, about 8 km after entering Jamberoo Mountain Road.
Cloud Break holiday house contains a master bedroom, a study and a bathroom architecturally built and designed for a couple to stay comfortably. I was also impressed by the view of the distant mountains and the sea from the cook’s kitchen. There are many special wind sculptures purposely erected on the slope or in the garden. Watching them spinning silently in the wild, you will admire how aesthetically unique they are.
There are many things to do in Cloud Break or nearby. For a less than 10 minute drive, you can visit Carrington Falls. It falls 50 meters down to Kangaroo Valley. The loop walk takes 25 minutes to complete. I also have been to an lookout along Jamberoo Mountain Road to have a 180° view of the distant Wollongong, Kiama and the town of Jamberoo located close by. On a clear day, you can even see further lands and waters.
Frankly I have not spent a night in this lovely hideaway. Go try Cloud Break yourself if you would like to have a true experience of nature on the south of Sydney. From the perspective of a photographer, I am completely satisfied with all the scenic views captured through the lens. I am sure you will also be impressed.