Peter Vincent learns that a little wine label goes a long way to provide a city-style stay in the Hunter Valley.
Winemakers well-versed in the needs of guests make a cottage stay a pleasure for the senses, writes Mags King.
In Australia's self-proclaimed thoroughbred capital, Daniel Dasey discovers a pretty Victorian base from which to explore it.
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.
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.