Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes A collection of five outstanding self-contained cottages set among the vineyards and olive groves of the Lower Hunter Valley wine region, Billabong Moon is focussed on privacy above all else.

There’s the two-bedroom Casuarina Cottage, so called because it’s hidden in a thick forest of slender, evergreen Casuarina trees; the gorgeous two-bedroom Billabong Cottage, perched over a peaceful dam with two large decks; the more rural, one-bedroom Sunset Ridge Cottage, with views of the Brokenback Range; the inviting Studio Cottage, with its quirky interiors and carved wooden furniture; and the sublime Treetops Cottage, set 3m aboveground with wraparound verandahs and a cheeky outdoor bathtub, tucked behind an ornate Phoenix Gate.

At Billabong Moon you can be served attentively or left completely to your own devices – but we heartily recommend you partake in at least one of the property’s more remarkable on-call extras: a Red Wine Bath, which promises to moisturise, hydrate and above all, relieve stress.

Details // Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, NSW. From $240 per night., (02) 6574 7290.

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