Hanericka Farmstay, McRorie's Road, Yerong Creek, New South Wales. 2642; 011-61-2-6920-3709, www.hanericka.com.au. "I took my 10-year-old son to stay on a real working farm, the Hanericka Farmstay, in Australia. We felt like part of the family. They cooked us fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went horseback riding, fed the animals, milked goats, rode motorbikes. They have more than 6,000 acres of beautiful countryside. We also had a bonfire with billy tea and damper. A unique Australian experience." Double rooms from $197.
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, Moreton Island, off Brisbane, Queensland; 011-61-7-3268-6333, www.tangalooma.com. "Off the coast of Brisbane, halfway down the western side of Moreton Island, lies a popular tourist resort at an old whaling station. Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort offers wild-dolphin feedings each evening. At sunset, eight or nine dolphins swim from the ocean and take fish from your hand. It has great rooms, holiday flats or houses, nice beaches and a coastal sand hill for sand tobogganing." Doubles from $295.
Anchlia Waterfront Cottage, 2 Murray St., Bicheno, Tasmania 7215; 011-3-6375-1225, anchlia.tripod.com. "We stayed in one of two units. Ours, the smaller of the two, was a newly renovated, very comfortable place with a bedroom, large living/dining room, kitchen, bath (with washing machine) and lovely gardens. It is on a rocky outcrop next to a beautiful beach. There is a bit of bush between the house and the rocks where fairy penguins roost." Doubles from $93.
Keith and Barbara Ansell
Beaches B&B, 34 Surf Road, North Curl Curl, Australia, 011-61-2-9905-3775, www.sydneybedandbreakfast.com. "Adjacent to a picturesque beach about 20 minutes north of the city. Easy access by bus and near places to golf, hike, swim, surf and more. Great restaurants within walking distance." Doubles from $115, with breakfast.
Fran Van Buggenhout Bed and Breakfast Holiday Home Apartment, 3 Straatje zonder einde, Mechelen 2800; e-mail email@example.com, 011-32-15-20-97-21. "Mechelen, 10 miles north of Brussels, is noted for its beautiful cathedral, St. Romboutskathedraal, the tower of which has Belgium's finest carillon. At Fran Van Buggenhout's B&B, we kept our windows open to not miss a sound; the church was only 100 yards away. Fran, fluent in several languages, paid attention to the smallest detail: The kitchen of the two-floor apartment was supplied with ham, cheeses, crackers, cookies yogurt, fruit and beverages. A hot breakfast arrived at the front door each morning, with warm, freshly made bread, plus an omelet, pancakes or daily special." Small studio, $62; larger apartment $78.