Our next stop was to catch up with a lace maker friend of mine, Vicki, at her studio Go Create near Uralla. It sits on a rural property and the studio is basked in natural light and has both indoor and outdoor spaces. Vicki runs lace workshops and also coordinates a wide array of local, national and international creatives to run workshops in the space.
We arrived late in the afternoon when an afternoon gathering was winding down so joined in for some drawing and collage fun.
Vicki and Jon were such warm hosts sharing meals with us and providing us with beds for the night.
The next day we headed into Uralla to do The Lace Chase. A treasure hunt through the local shops to find framed handmade lace pieces. You can pick up Lace Chase brochures at the Information Centre and use the guide to find the lace. It will take you to a wide array of shops including real-estate agents, liquor stores, clothing stores and cafes. The local lace makers have puts loads of time into this experience and it is really informative is you are interested in learning more about the different styles of lace. Lace has a strong history in the town as the old foundry here used to make some amazing lace iron work.
From here it was a long drive to Lennox Head. It was during this part of the leg that Izzy and Andrew declared we found the best roadside stall ever – an apple pie stand! The bonus being our apple pie actually also contained rhubarb when we cut into it.
The trip was scenic with a stop at Ebor Falls for lunch. These were really quite stunning for a roadside stop.
The drive took us through some stunning forests and later through our first taste of sugar cane country.