Anthony Dennis concludes his round-up of the best short breaks close to both Sydney and Melbourne.
Natasha Wallace and her young family explore a hands-on farm stay south-west of Sydney.
Bruce Elder strikes it lucky at a family-run lodge in the Turon Valley.
Daniel Scott discovers the Southern Highlands' villages and national parks suit road, track and mountain bikers.
Jeff Glorfeld discovers a family-run working farm and resort by the river.
Paul Chai casts a line amid Murray River red gums in one of the state's newest national parks.
Ben Stubbs explores a once-prosperous, now deserted valley with a rich seam of migrant and mining history.
Bruce Elder visits Trainworks, a new $30 million museum in Thirlmere.