Rachel Sullivan surveys the state's best farming fairs.
Small rural service town beside the Hunter River
No television! How will the football-mad teens survive? Peter Gearin finds out.
Without approaching a cellar door, John Huxley discovers the region's sober side: old stories and natural beauty.
With a cellar door next to the pool, this cottage and vineyard has it all, writes Rachel Browne.
Interesting rural centre in the heart of the Yorke Peninsula
Located 168 km west of Adelaide via the Princes Highway and 164 km south of Port Pirie, Maitland is one of the few inland towns on the Yorke Peninsula which looks as though it will survive the dramatic changes which have occurred over the past decade. The Peninsula has become a popular holiday seaside destination and the wheat and sheep which traditionally drove the economy of the area has become more marginalised. Consequently the towns which operated as service centres to the local farm community have become small and less important. Still Maitland persists. It is a small and charming town with flower beds in the wide main street.
Particularly beautiful and unusual country town
Dungog is a moderate-sized Australian country town with a typically wide main street. It is located in a valley surrounded by rolling hills adjacent the Williams River, 228 km north of Sydney, 74 km north of Newcastle and 61 m above sea-level. With a current population of 2500 it is essentially a cattle-raising, dairying and timber town and a service centre for the surrounding area. It is a base for an exploration of the fine countryside to the north, where you will find Chichester Dam, state forests and Barrington Tops National Park. These are ideal places for bushwalking, scenic drives, swimming, photography, horseriding, cycling, camping, trail bike riding and canoeing.
Denman (including Baerami, Widden, Sandy Hollow, Gungal and
Small and quiet town in the Upper Hunter
Denman, on the rim of the Upper Hunter Valley, is a small, quiet and picturesque country town situated 276 km north-west of Sydney, 24 km south-west of Muswellbrook and 107 m above sea-level.
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.