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.
There was movement at the station, for Natasha Wallace was approaching a mountain retreat with toddlers.
Getting rained in isn't a problem for Andrew Taylor, who finds a country retreat that's a roomy antidote to cabin fever.
Hooray - those crowds on and about the Hawkesbury have now thinned out, writes David Lockwood.
Helen Anderson finds a retreat for those who are serious about the pursuit of pleasure: spas, golf, wine and sleep.
Peter Vincent discovers a stylish new resort where suites, eats and views hit the mark.
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.