Top weekends away

What's your idea of the perfect short break: coastal, gourmet, urban, romantic, luxury, nature, family or country? Good Weekend editor Lauren Quaintance picks the best of the best from our annual guide. All you have to do is pack your bags.

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Lustre for life ... the revamped route, opened in May, appeals to both hikers and bikers.

Ore-inspired adventure

Sandy Guy discovers nuggets of history as she covers just a small portion of the 210-kilometre Goldfields Track.

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Smorgasbord ... the Goulburn River played host to paddle steamers in the 1880s.

Bountiful harvest

A drive around this river-bound region reveals tasty pockets of produce and history, writes Sandy Guy.

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Illustration: Robin Cowcher

A caravan adventure

Plagued with doubts, first-time caravanner David Reyne buckles up and hits the highway.

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Beach Cafe, Cobram.

Sunday lunch: Beach Cafe, Cobram

Surely they mean Beech Cafe, we thought as we made our way to lunch in country Cobram, which is hundreds of kilometres from any coastal sand.

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Tahblik Cafe.

Sunday lunch: Tahbilk Cafe

IT'S an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne to Nagambie along the Hume Highway where a few kilometres' drive through an avenue of mulberry trees leads to historic Tahbilk winery.

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Sunday lunch: Bress Winery, Harcourt

ARRIVING at Bress Winery, you might well wonder about the chook connection. They're everywhere: on rustic signs, grazing in the grounds (there's even a Henndorf — or "chicken Hilton") and, of course, on labels.

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