Australia’s oldest wine region produces some of the world’s best wines. The Hunter Valley offers you a taste of the finer things of life, from exquisite wines and acclaimed restaurants such as Muse and Bistro Molines to golf courses and day spas.
Elegant resorts include Château Élan and Crowne Plaza, and you can marvel at a glorious sunrise in a hot-air balloon with Balloon Aloft.
The intense popularity of Byron Bay can be, at first, a mystery. Sure, the beaches are sublime, but there are spectacular beaches all along this coast. Its locals have come to symbolise an Australian haute-boho lifestyle, yet much of the town is a squat, architectural mishmash and has a traffic problem. So why the legions of global fans? As they say in Byron, it’s the vibe.