WE LOVE the airy,
wood-panelled yoga room that overlooks the retreat’s bushy surrounds. It’s the perfect place to de-stress. DON’T MISS the resident wallaby and echidna. I happened to spot both, and they were adorable. WHAT TO EAT Everything. There are limited options at each mealtime, but it’s all delicious and the staff can accommodate any dietary requirements. HOW TO GET THERE It’s just under an hour’s drive from Sydney CBD. They also offer a subsidised taxi pick-up from Vineyard station at 2pm. Trains depart Central on the Western Richmond line at 12.55pm; guests are returned to Vineyard station for the 1.15pm train weekdays (1.35pm on Sundays). Station pick-ups must be booked and cost $10 each way. Billabong Retreat, 41 Mcclymonts Road, Maraylya, New South Wales, (02) 4573 6080, billabongretreat.com.au.