Last weekend we grabbed a few motorbikes and rode up to Bilpin, Hampton and Jenolan caves for some apple pies, fresh cider, dirt biking and cave exploring.
What’s it all about?
Bilpin and Hampton are little gems of a town that are definitely a recommended stop if you’re road-tripping up to the Jenolan Caves.
The Good Bits
Famous for its out of this world fresh apples, Bilpin’s streets are packed with bakeries, fruit stands, fresh jams, and juice bars. We ate apple ice cream, pie, jam and cider all made in the town by local farmers. 30 minutes ride up to Hampton is a little bike track known as the Enduro track. This is a little more for the thrill seekers out there who love a good dirt bike through the mud
The Enduro track also had a beautiful cottage that hosted cozy little beds, fire places and camp grounds where we spent the night. The scenery was green and the air was fresh, the entire estate had a great tranquil feel to it.
Another half an hour up is the magnificent Jenolan caves, the ride through the green mountains is a beautiful trip in itself. The caves are a must-see for any Australian. One of the most incredible landmarks of our country, and well worth the trek.
While staying in the mountains that night, we hoped into a van and drove the few minutes up to the only pub/restaurant/grocer in the tiny town for some food, Hampton Pub.
Unsurprisingly, my hesitant “do you have anything vegetarian?” was met with booming laughter from the entire pub. I settled for freezer fries and tomato sauce. But I suppose pub food in the country side wasn’t going to be up to my organic vegetarian gluten free standards. I’m man enough to admit that’s my bad.
Regardless, it was a great experience to spend the weekend in the country side with some bikes and get in touch with the farmers, valleys, and fresh air of Australia.
– Newsha Tari