A bushwalk on a sparkling Sydney winter’s day is a pretty great way to spend a Saturday, particularly when you can take advantage of cheap end-of-week travel and get the train. On the weekend just gone we headed to Mt Kuring-gai station to tackle the walk to Berowra. The track leads from the station and into the National Park, winding through banksia groves and offering up the occasional glimpse of water before descending into the valley and hugging its way along Cowan Creek. Meandering through bushland and the odd patch of dense rainforest, the track passes the occasional Aboriginal midden, a waterfall or two, and even the remnants of an old house boat before zig-zagging rather steeply up to Berowra station. It’s a great slice of Sydney, and a perfect spot for a peaceful waterside picnic (if you don’t mind a bit of a walk to get there and back again).
A train back to Central and a quick jaunt down Broadway, and soon enough we were at Staves, a small batch brewery that makes some really tasty beer (and fashions their tasting paddles out of barrel staves, which is endlessly great). We went down the paddle route, trying the Lager, the Hoppy Wit Beer, the Pale Ale, and the IPA. I’m not usually a Wit fan, but this one was pretty excellent – little notes of orange peel and coriander got on super well with all the hops. A taste of the Black Belgian Double IPA rounded off the evening before we dragged ourselves out of the very cosy (and heated) courtyard and headed home.