Bruce Elder stays at a timber cottage surrounded by bellbirds and eucalypts.
Max Anderson discovers the joys of a platinum cabin and the frustrations of leaving it on a trip from Brisbane to Adelaide.
In Captain Thunderbolt territory, Elicia Murray bonds with the locals and enjoys breathtaking country views.
Long an aficionado of the summertime road trip, Lee Atkinson recalls her all-time favourites.
Small country service town
Balmoral is a small rural service centre of 214 people picturesquely situated on the banks of the Glenelg River amidst river red gums and undulating countryside where wool still predominates. It is 79 km south-west of Horsham, 54 km north of Coleraine and 328 km north-west of Melbourne.
From verandah to sand is just a quick skip, yet Rachel Browne finds it hard to step outside this Lake Macquarie beach house.
Angie Kelly discovers a family-friendly Hunter Valley escape where most, but not all, is well done.
In the shadow of the more famous Hunter Valley, Sheriden Rhodes takes in historic towns, fine food and country charm.
Australia's oldest wine-growing region flies under the radar, but it's proximity to Sydney and elegant eateries make it well-worth a visit.