There comes a time where every blogger needs to escape the boundaries of their online business and reconnect with people. For me this is at least once a day – typical extrovert! However, sometimes it’s nice to have that time extended beyond an hour or two so you can really refresh yourself. Being in nature with friends is a great way to do this. With this in mind, 2 weekends ago I organised a health bloggers getaway with Australia’s top health bloggers. This was more than networking, it was friendship building! It was more than a blogging conference, it was learning from each other’s ideas and experiences in a recreational conversational setting. Did you see my instagram stories? If you missed out, here’s a taste of our weekend.
The location – The Blue Mountains
Just under two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains and it’s National Park is an amazing area to explore. So close to Sydney but the terrain and crisp mountain air is different enough to feel like you’re far, far away from the daily grind of the city.
Burnbank House, Wentworth Falls
This is where we stayed, Burnbank House in Wentworth Falls. Wentworth Falls has lots of cute cafes to explore and is in walking distance to some of the most beautiful bush walking tracks in the Blue Mountains. From the house we ran to Lincoln rock to watch the sunrise (approx 5km away) and another morning we did a trial run along the Charles Darwin Walk (a picturesque track amongst the bush and waterfalls… and literally just down the road from Burnbank House!). We also took a short 10 min drive to the 3 sisters walk. The upward climb of stairs combined with our HIIT workout on the Friday night had my glutes REALLY burning the next day!
Burnbank House was one of the first homes built in Wentworth Falls. It was built in 1915 and is conservation listed. Recently the owners have lovingly restored the home and it is now available as a luxury heritage guest home. Wentworth falls is just before Leura & Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, a truly breathtaking place for a getaway.
We made really good use of this beautiful kitchen (check out the Smeg fridge too – IN LOVE!) as we prepared fruit platters, cooked meals and styled food together. It was pretty great to have set food styling time with tips from food styling queen Sally O’Neil and with a group of ladies who were willing to eat the food cold for the case of a good photo!
The house was the perfect place for a getaway. It provided a warm and luxurious atmosphere. It was very inviting, in fact, even after dinner we were happy to hang around the house instead of going out because it was so spacious and comfortable. It made it really easy to relax amidst our busy schedule of workouts and business chats.
Burnbank House been beautifully restored with the perfect balance between reflecting it’s old heritage and yet still feeling modern, fresh and luxurious. For example, the tiles in the kitchen (pictured above) are the originals from when the house was built in 1915 and the owners reused them when they restored the house. What a rich history there is scattered throughout the house!
Apart from eat, drink, laugh and exercise we also shared our knowledge on various topics around blogging, business strategies, instagram and food styling/photography. It was jam packed and took me a long time to organise (and recover!) but was so worth it. We loved staying at Burnbank House and highly recommend it as a place to book your next Blue Mountains getaway! If you would like to stay there, the owners generously have offered EPW readers 10% off your stay Monday – Thursday the code ‘BBH2017‘ (valid until 14 Dec 2017).
The Australian Health Bloggers
Wondering who went to this getaway? Want to do some stalking and get some healthy inspo whilst you’re at it? Check out these beautiful health and fitness bloggers below!
Amy Darcy, Eat Pray Workout (yep, that’s ME!)
Reis, Finn and Honey and I all went along on this weekend (hello awesome team Eat Pray Workout!). Reis helped me with Finn … and Honey, well, she was just there for the pats! I also tasked her with the job of the protector – with over half a million followers combined, you never know who could be watching!
If you’re new to Eat Pray Workout and not sure what we are all about or where to start, I recommend you start here then check out the about page here. If you haven’t already, you can also follow me on instagram, facebook and subscribe to my newsletters so you can keep your finger on the pulse of what’s new in the health world and never miss an EPW giveaway or subscriber discount.
Rebecca Gawthorne, Dietitian and Nutritionist – Nourish Naturally
Rebecca is a dietitian and nutritionist who runs the very pretty instagram account @nourish_naturally and blogs her favourite recipes and nutrition tips here. She has some great content worth checking out!
Nicky Ward, @NickyWard86
Nicky is a primary school teacher who runs a healthy instagram blog on the side (with some seriously good grazing platters & cute puppies) – see @nickyward86.
Leanne Ward, The Fitness Dietitian
Leanne is a dietitian who runs the instagram blog @the_fitness_dietitian – I love her daily practical healthy eating tips and her well balanced approach to health.
Sally O’Neil, The Fit Foodie
Sally O’Neil blogs at The Fit Foodie and has the instagram account @thefitfoodieblog. Sally is an author, food stylist and recipe creator who is studying Nutritional medicine. Her blog is a (very beautiful) must read!
Chloe McLeod – Dietitian
Name ring a bell? That’s because I’ve shared about Chloe’s wonderful work over at The FODMAP Challenge on the blog before. Chloe is a dietitian specialising in managing sports performance and IBS. Her blog posts are up to date with current research in these areas and always an interesting read!
Does a healthy blogging weekend sound like something you would be interested in attending?
We all had a lot of enquiries about how to get involved in one of these weekends. If this is something that you would like to attend in the future – whether you have a big or small blog, health related or otherwise, are new to blogging or have been doing it for a long time, please let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email on via the contact page. If there’s enough demand I would be happy to organise another, perhaps a beginner bloggers and a professional bloggers getaway. Let me know!