We’re staying in a trailer park. Hunter Valley is a pretty big region encompassing lots of towns, so we decided to stop in Singleton for the night because it had a campground with powered sites. Turns out, most of the trailers are home to permanent residents. One such resident, named Makalah, introduced herself to me in the bathroom and invited me to her trailer to look at her pictures of Australia. I obliged and listened to her advice on places to see (Alice Springs! Cairns! The Blue Mountains!).
When I mentioned we were on our way to visit the Singleton Information Center to figure out which wineries to visit, she laughed out loud. “The Information Center is about as useful as tits on a bull!” I felt like a silly tourist, which, of course, I am. But we decided to hit up the bigger Hunter Valley Information Center anyway, which was only a twenty-minute drive. The place was stocked with maps and the staff guided us in drafting an itinerary for the next four days, including wine tours, wine school, chocolate factory tastings and hot air balloon rides. Information is more than power—having it on a road trip makes everything more manageable.