Hunter Valley, NSW

Just an hour or so out of Sydney lies the Hunter Wine region, one of Australia’s premium grape growing areas that produce some of Australia’s best wine. Not that I am much of a wine drinker, sure I love a good Moscato, but I can’t really tell my Rieslings from my Chardonnays.

The limited wine knowledge may explain why I haven’t taken many trips to the Hunter, not even the mandatory weekend away with the new beau or the hire a bus for a hen’s weekend trip. It’s a great place to take tourists, and on my last visit I did see quite the busloads arriving.

The best way to see it is to organise some sort of mini bus tour, so someone else can drive you round allowing you to slosh wine in small glasses all you like, without having to worry about driving. There are plenty of accomodation options, from pubs, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts and self contained units and cottages. There are also great foodie opportunities, from deluxe restaurants to local produce, perfect for the me types, more into eating that drinking.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

We had the best weather for our day hiking to the lookout and beach at Wineglass Bay. Sunny but not too hot. No chance of rain, perfect for photographs and a hour or so of incline.  The views as you climb to the lookout are divine, seeing all around Freycinet National Park; the beach below, the ocean, the bay, ‘the hazards’ mountains.

There are a lot of hikes you can do all around the peninsula as well as kayaking, fishing and other water activities.

Stay:  If you can afford it – Saffire Freycinet Or if you need to head to a cheaper option out of town in Swansea.

Eat:  Freycinet Lodge

Visit:  Freycinet National Park