Waffle Burgers at The Factoria, Wetherill Park

Monday, December 19, 2016
The Factoria Waffle Burger Bacon Maple Syrup Sydney
The Factoria Wetherill Park Food Restaurant
The Factoria Wetherill Park Food Restaurant
The Factoria Wetherill Park Food Restaurant
The Factoria The Bricklayer Burger Bacon Hash Brown Sydney
The Factoria Wetherill Park Food Restaurant
The Factoria Wetherill Park Food Restaurant
The Factoria Waffle Burger Bacon Maple Syrup Sydney
The Factoria Waffle Burger Bacon Maple Syrup Sydney
The Factoria Wetherill Park Food Restaurant
The Factoria Wetherill Park Food Restaurant
The Factoria The Bricklayer Burger Bacon Hash Brown Sydney
The Factoria Waffle Burger Bacon Maple Syrup Sydney

The Factoria, 1003-1009 Canley Vale Road, Wetherill Park NSW 2164. All photos taken by me, on my Canon 70D DSLR.

Once in a while, I come a across a hidden gem in Western Sydney. Situated next to the quirky and classy Italian restaurant Grano, The Factoria offers a laid back atmosphere serving up coffees, pastries and a dedicated breakfast, brunch and lunch menu.
Me and Hai visited on a lazy Sunday morning, right after one of my morning gym sessions. Thinking I deserved more than a mere salad I opted for the Waffle burger and Hai the Bricklayer.

The Waffle Burger, came out with crispy bacon drizzled with bourbon maple syrup, melted cheese, and a juicy beef patty all sandwiched between two waffles. I devoured it, as I've never had a waffle burger and maple syrup bacon - and I'm always one for trying new foods (except if I'm in a Japanese restaurant then I tunnel vision towards Japanese Curry).

Hai's Bricklayer Burger was made up of two brioche buns, fried bacon strips, potato hash brown, tomato relish, red onion and topped with a fried egg. He was not disappointed with his choice as he washed it down with The Factoria's iced coffee.

It was a nice morning, the sunlight streamed in and highlighted all the sweet details of this restaurant. The decor had a pleasant 50's and 60's vibe, with retro furnishing and industrial finishes in the ceiling and shelving.
The Factoria also stocks soaps, local and imported pastas, jams, oils, honeys, biscuits - all the good stuff. Just another added bonus. Also, if you don't feel like a heavy lunch, they also offer gelato, cronuts, Italians cakes, and a huge range of coffees and teas to satisfy the sweet tooth.

The Factoria - opens until 4pm on weekdays and 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Luna, my Amazing Dog

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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Luna - RIP 2005 - 2016

On the 15th of December, 2016, my dog Luna passed away.
She died from either cancer in the lung, or of pneumonia which was caused by a bone being lodged into her throat.
Luna was 11 years old, so she lived a long happy life. I know we as a family worked hard to give her just that. My mom always gave her the bigger bowl of food, I always rubbed her stomach, I washed her and we took her for walks.

She wasn't always a white furred dog. I bought her as a black furred puppy. When she turned 1 years old I decided to cut her hair as it was growing long. Under that black fur was white and grey hair and it never went black again. I couldn't explain it but it was always a fascinating fact I told people when they first met Luna.

Her personality was extremely chilled and friendly. She rarely barked at people only at little kids when they ran past (the little shits). As she grew older she liked to pant alot while she rolled around on the cool tiled floor. She lived with our other two dogs and acted liked the mom that just wanted to be left alone. She was cool like that, always growling when the two younger dogs try and get her attention.

When she passed away, she was at the vet whilst we were sleeping. She was supposed to get surgery and stay there overnight, with us picking her up the next morning. It was heartbreaking to find out she had passed away instead.
 I wish that I got to hug her one last time, I wish I could've stroked her and held her in those last moments, I wish she was not alone probably wondering where we were.
The last thing I did for her before she went to the vet was tuck her into her dog bed, and tried to give her some water. I said goodnight and that was it.

Goodnight my Luna, I hope you're in Doggy Heaven and that you get all the stomach rubs you have ever wanted. You were wonderful and touched alot of lives here with your presence.
Thank you for those who gave their condolences and understood that Luna, was an integral part of the family.
I will never forget you.

Brithday Roadtrip Part 2: From Hill End to Turon River

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Hill End Town NSW Australia
Hill End Town NSW Australia
Hill End Town NSW Australia
Hill End Town Royal Hotel NSW Australia
Hill End Town NSW Australia
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Hill End Town Merlin's Lookout NSW Australia
Hill End Town Merlin's Lookout NSW Australia
Turon River Camp Camping Ground NSW
Turon River Campsite Camping Ground Australia
Turon River Camp Camping Ground Jeep NSW
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Turon River Campsite Camping Ground Australia Jeep

Roadtrip from Turon River to Hill End: Photos taken by Me and Hai using Canon 70D DSLR

My Birthday Roadtrip back in May continues from Ophir Camping Ground to the historic town Hill End then to Turon River Camping Ground.

From Ophir we drove to the beautiful Hill End. Hill End was a former gold mining town flourishing in the 1850's with a population of an estimated 8000 people. Once the gold rush was over - the population dropped to 700 people by 1945.

Today, it is home to approximately 166 residents that operate the local pub, hotel, general store, cake and antique store. For a small town, the scenery still packs a punch - especially with the beautiful trees lining the roads and the restored buildings.

The only place open was The Royal Hotel. We walked in finding ourselves in a pub area with three locals sitting around having a beer on a Wednesday at 2pm. They promptly stopped talking and looked over at us - clearly they knew we were not from the area. After an awkward encounter with the bar tender who kindly offered us an instant coffee from the dining room, we decided to drive off. Hill End is beautiful and has historical significance but it is barren in some areas and we felt out of place.

We wrapped up our Hill End visit by driving out to Merln's Lookout in the south-west of town. It overlooked the quiet area and is quite worth the trip.

Turon River was where me and Hai decided to sleep overnight. The view of the cliff face made an impact as we drove in and parked the Jeep down by the river. We made do with sleeping in the Jeep as at the time Hai had a back injury so he couldn't pitch a tent and chop wood for a campfire.

It was stunning to wake up to and was made better when Hai cooked instant ramen noodles for breakfast. There are opportunities to cross the river on the left to reach the other bank. You can then drive (4WD access only) inland to following the Turon River bank. There are a few good camping spots here along the bank - slightly rocky but if you moved some rocks around there is soft ground to sleep on in a tent.

We hit the road again and made our way towards the Roasting Pits and then back down to Lithgow...... stay tuned for more posts on my special Birthday Roadtrip.

Turon River Camp Site


Hill End
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