Sustainable, luxurious, and not yet overrun with crowds, here is a place worth retreating to. Located in the small, rural township of Lyrup, some 250 kilometres north-east of Adelaide on the edge of the Murray River, this collection of five villas comes equipped with all the modern comforts we’ve come to love – coffee machine (with locally-produced pods), plush linen and pillows, electric blockout blinds (hello, midday naps)… and not much else. Except for drinking and eating, of course.

We fancy the Hideaway Package ($950 per couple): a gourmet picnic hamper, fresh barbecue pack with salads and dessert, champagne and chocolates, continental breakfast, a bottle of regional wine, and a light lunch – if you can squeeze it in – are delivered right to your door and best consumed on the verandah with this beautifully rustic Australian view.

But if you tire of seclusion, the area’s ‘larger’ towns are just a 15-minute drive away: Renmark and its public rose gardens; Loxton’s historic, pretty-as-a-picture Germanic settlement village; Berri’s many fruits (the original home of the Berri juice company). Or head to Banrock Station to pick up a bottle of their fresh and fruity white shiraz before secreting it back to your lovely verandah to drink in the view, again.

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