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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Rain revives Lake Eildon

IT DOESN'T seem that long ago that on any weekend you could have fired the proverbial cannon down Eildon's main street without hitting anything, apart from an innocent local on the way to the milk bar.

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