The V90 Cross Country is no shrinking violet. With the new Volvo family grille, sleek lines, sculpted behind, and clever 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights, this is a high-riding wagon with pizzazz.

With its beautiful beaches, laid back atmosphere, and picturesque hinterland, Byron Bay makes for a delightful destination, even in the middle of winter.

True, the Sunshine Coast, home to this writer, has a few charms of its own. But a Hollywood action hero is not among them.

And when you have a car with 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights, surely they have to be driven at a steady 10km/h, past the grand house of Thor himself, while you look around surreptitiously from the driver's seat, pretending not to be indulging in a spot of celebrity spotting?

With the new Volvo family grille, sleek lines, sculpted behind, and clever headlights, this is a high-riding wagon with pizzazz. (image credit: Vani Nadioo) With the new Volvo family grille, sleek lines, sculpted behind, and clever headlights, this is a high-riding wagon with pizzazz. (image credit: Vani Nadioo)

Sadly, it helps if said Thor is actually in the country. Bubble burst?

Not when you have the kids' picks – the Macadamia Castle zoo, the Rainbow Shop and The Farm – to really remind you of the joys of being a parent.

At least the V90 Cross Country allowed us to travel in comfort. Discovering Byron’s craft beer culture didn't hurt either.