Blue Mountains family opt for a sea change

THIS Wentworth Falls family are swapping their incredible mountain retreat for the deep blue sea as they set off for an adventure on their catamaran in the Mediterranean.
Aaron and Lara Jones, along with their two young children Luella and Sabine, have put their stunning mountain home at 19-21 Gladstone St, Wentworth Falls on the market through Ray White Blackheath as they swap mountain life for a 42-foot catamaran.
They are planning a life of sailing and rock climbing in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
Aaron has been an Air Force pilot for the last 14 years, most recently operating in the Middle East, and Lara is a helicopter maintenance engineer. But it’s always been an ambition of theirs that has been bubbling away in the background for some time.
“We wrote a plan when we were around 20 about how our lives would be at 35. Now we’ve got to that age, and through a whole lot of hard work, events have transpired for us to be able to go overseas and have an adventure,” Aaron said
The two have a history of exploration, with a passion for rock climbing at the heart of all their travels.
“Our life has revolved around rock climbing – we’ve been around the world many times in Europe, America, Asia as well as Australia,” Aaron said.
They plan to combine their love of rock climbing with sailing as they plot a course via a few of the Mediterranean’s stunning sea cliffs.
“A highlight will be a 100-metre plus limestone spire in a bay called Cala Goloritzé. When we sail into the bay and see it, we’ll know we’ve achieved the dream; it will be our ‘pinch yourself’ moment,” Aaron said.
Although excited about embarking on the ultimate sea change, the family are sad to be leaving their mountain home in Wentworth Falls.
“The view is phenomenal; it looks out over Empress Canyon and the tableland beyond. It’s absolutely peaceful, as the house is located is at the end of a cul de sac along the ridge line, “ Aaron said.
But for the moment the Mediterranean beckons and the Jones’ are setting off on the trip of a lifetime, starting with Majorca, an island off the coast of Spain.
After they’ve charted those waters and scaled the heights, who knows where their next destination will be?
“It’s an open-ended trip, and we’re planning long term – maybe ten years. Unless the kids get sea-sick and we end up back here after six months.”
Ray White Blackheath principal Alan Gregory said this newly renovated property at 19-21 Gladstone St, Wentworth Falls embodies the best of mountain living, with a nod to city luxury.
“This eco-friendly home offers a versatile oasis of modern comfort amid a beautifully landscaped bushland backdrop,” he said.
The four bedroom and two bathroom home comes with a brand new environmentally-friendly designer kitchen, Italian commercial grade oven, and extra-large dishwasher and locally sourced Blue Gum floorboards.