It's easy to overlook the Hunter's impressive credentials - not only is it Australia's oldest wine region, it also has the most cellar doors (more than 150).
After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year, and regularly runs workshops for aspiring writers. While not averse to the charms of a 5-star hotel, his most memorable travel experiences involve adventure. Highlights include scaling the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu and rafting the Futaleufu River in Patagonia.
From great wines and food, to art, to bike riding on the Shiraz Trail, to stand-up paddleboarding: few wine areas offers as much as McLaren Vale.
The 30.5-metre turntable was the largest in the southern hemisphere when it opened in 1947.
Noticing the look of dread on my face, Silvia tries to reassure me. "If you don't want to be bothered by the spirits, just tell them," she says. "They're very respectful."
Off the beaten track, the Mausoleums of Revash, Peru are a reveleation
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Absinthe and eggs Rothko are part of a Brooklyn food tour.
In Pullman class, it's all about comfort all the way to Windsor.
Chocolate-covered cheese and a suburb that's declared itself a bohemian republic.
Spotting "Paddington" in northern Ecuador's Andean region.
Bogota's traffic can be hideous, so here's the best way to see this vibrant city.
Trek through a cloud forest to one of the world's highest waterfalls.
This culinary walking tour of Atlanta also offers food for political thought.
Get interactive with a stay at Quito's boutique Illa Experience Hotel.
Riga's thriving bar scene could be mistaken for hipster-heavy Berlin.