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.
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.