The Happy Apple is a friendly haven for working backpackers, but we also love to welcome grey nomads and families, and there is so much for everyone to see and do on our doorstep. Two great cellar doors are conveniently situated in walking distance; Heritage Estate’s Old Church Café and tasting room is in a gorgeous desanctified church just across the railway tracks, and Summit Estate, where Nick and Alison welcome picnickers in the vineyard, is a short walk down Granite Belt Drive. At Summit Estate you can also enjoy panoramic views of a working vineyard while sampling delicious deli products from Vincenzo’s, also just a two-minute walk from the Happy Apple.Further down Granite Belt Drive, keen craft-lovers will find Bridget Bunchy, a self-styled ‘up-cycling gallery’ full of products made from reclaimed materials, and featuring the famous oddments room where you are free to take anything that might inspire your next craft project, or fit into a current piece of patchwork.
On the other side of the highway, almost close enough to smell the pie cooking, is Sutton’s Apple Farm, an excellent spot for lunch in the packing-shed café, set in the family orchard and featuring numerous different flavours of apple juice.
These are just a taste of what is within walking distance – next week, we’ll let you in on some secrets about attractions not very far down the road from our reasonably-priced, cosmopolitan caravan park!