Consuming passion ... the Dispensary Enoteca in Bendigo.

Fine food fossicking

The Bendigo goldfield region has reinvented itself as a gourmet destination, writes Mary O'Brien.

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Grand heritage ... Queen Victoria watches over Ballarat Town Hall.

Rich pickings

There's real treasure to be found in the galleries of the goldfields, writes Sam Vincent.

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Close encounter ... (left and right) the climb into Bendigo's Central Deborah Gold Mine is not for claustrophobes.

Tunnel vision

Chris Vedelago digs deep in search of tales from the mines and secret drinking haunts underground.

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Wintarni Olives B & B

Olives, trees and bark

It's puppy love at first sight for Mary O'Brien and family when adopted by two dogs at a country cottage.

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Saddle up ... winery ride.

Blaze a new trail

Kristin Lee finds its horses for courses when it comes to four-legged adventures.

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