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Portarlington

"Gorgeous coastal town"

Portarlington is a gorgeous coastal town on the Bellarine Peninsula. In summer it is a hive of activity with its pristine beaches a very popular spot. You can hire a boat, or go on a chartered fishing trip or visit the miniature railway. This town has something for everyone with a number of a family owned vineyard and restaurant well worth a visit and a popular 18-hole golf course. The town also hosts a mussel festival, which combines seafood, live entertainment and children's activities. If you visit Portarlington, you'll want to go back.

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Heywood

"Explore Aboriginal heritage"

It's quite amazing to see the remains of stone huts and fish trips at Lake Condah in Heywood. The remains are evidence of a large Aboriginal community which farmed eels for food and trade. There are plenty of places to explore like the Cobboboonee State Forest, Australia's largest rose farm or the Winda Mara Cultural Centre. A winery is included on the area's 90km wood, wine and roses drive, which is a picturesque drive.

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Nelson

"Fishing, fishing and more fishing"

If you love fishing, Nelson is the perfect place to visit. Located on the Glenelg River, the small town is a popular haunt for fishermen year round. If fishing is not your thing, the town's pub is also pretty popular for its welcoming atmosphere. Nelson is also close to a number of wineries, shopping in Mount Gambier and Portland or dining on fresh seafood at Port MacDonnell. While I'm not a fan of fishing, I have to say this town was a great place to get away to. You will return home feeling relaxed and refreshed. It's also a great place to go with a group of friends.

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Peterborough

"A hidden gem"

While Peterborough is home to some of Australia's most spectacular coastline, it remains somewhat of a hidden gem compared to its neighbour Port Campbell. You'll be blown away by the coastal drive as you enter the town. Once there, it's a great spot for fishing and you will be hard pressed to find a golf course with such amazing coastal views anywhere else. The local hotel also offers a good meal and the beaches are very popular during summer. A short drive from Port Campbell, you may find a bargain when it comes to accommodation.

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Yambuk

"Holiday on a budget"

If you're looking for a holiday by the sea, but you've got a budget, I would recommend a stay at the Yambuk Caravan Park. Set on the Yambuk Lake and a short walk from the beach, it's a great place for a family stay or for a group of friends who want to have a good time. The facilities are excellent with a new toilet and shower block and there is great barbecue facility. The town's famous big slide is also onsite, which will keep youngsters entertained for hours. The lake is a great fishing spot.

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Macarthur

"Explore the national park"

While Macarthur itself is a very small town, it's worth a visit to explore the nearby Mt Eccles National Park. It has a number of extinct volcanoes and is a great camping spot. There are plenty of walks, you can explore the inside of a lava cave or try to spot some of the diverse wildlife. If you're feeling adventurous you can visit the Byaduk Caves or climb Mt Napier. This is a great spot to go camping with a group of friends. There are hot showers, toilet facilities and fireplaces. It's the perfect chance to get back to nature.

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Mortlake

"Busking festival worth a look"

If you fancy yourself as a busker, you may like to make a trip to Mortlake in south-west Victoria. The small town is home to the Australian busking competition, where the country's best busker is crowned. The festival is a great community event with plenty of entertainment, food and other activities. Mortlake is also very picturesque, with a number of significant bluestones buildings in the town. Mortlake has come a long way in recent years and has become quite a popular place to live.

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Churchill

"Good summer spot"

I was only in Churchill for a couple of days, but my impression of it was that it was a very welcoming town. It was summer so we spent a bit of time at the artificial lake to escape the sweltering heat. It's also close to Traralgon, which is a good shopping spot. I remember we had a nice meal from a Chinese shop in Churchill but there were a number of other options. If memory serves me, there's also a big cigar that welcomes visitors to the town.

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Werribee

"Zoo where the animals roam free"

I have to be honest - I'm not a fan of zoos. I don't like seeing animals in captivity, but I must say I really enjoyed my visit to the Werribee Open Range Zoo. The animals roam free - it's like you're visiting them in their natural habitat, which is an amazing experience. We saw hippos and giraffes, much to the delight of the younger people along for the ride. The great thing is that you get to go around the zoo on an open vehicle which truly allows you to get up close and personal with the wildlife. You'll think you're on a safari.

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Ouyen

"Vanilla slice lover's heaven"

If you love vanilla slice, you absolutely must visit Ouyen near Mildura in September. It attracts many entries from throughout the district and there's sure to be one that will take your fancy. This town surprisingly has quite a lot to offer. You can explore the Murray Sunset National Park or see the largest mallee stump in the country. Other fun things to do include lawn tennis, golf or bowls and of course dine out at a local hotel. My recommendation is to go for the vanilla slice competition.

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Mildura

"Go for a ride on the Emmylou"

It was some years ago that I visited Echuca but one thing that sticks in my mind is the Emmylou historic paddle steamer. There was something totally relaxing about cruising along the Murray River on this boat. We went in summer, a great time because there are plenty of water activities. My sister and I loved water skiing while fishing was a hit with some of the other members of our party. There were also plenty of family friendly places to eat. If you appreciate architecture, you’ll love taking a stroll through the streets of Echuca. There really is something for everyone in this welcoming town.

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Horsham

"Family friendly town"

There are plenty of picturesque walks in Horsham, along with plenty of places to sample local produce like wine, olives and lamb. Mini golf, ten pin bowling and an indoor adventure playground will keep the kids entertained for hours, while there are a number of regular local produce markets. It is also home to many artists and the town has a number of galleries and festivals to celebrate this link. If you're a golf enthusiast, the town's golf course is ranked in the country's top 100.

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Stawell

"Home of the Stawell Gift"

Before visiting Stawell, I'd only heard of it because it was home to the famous Stawell Gift. But it's quite a pleasant place to visit. It acts as a service centre to the Grampians and also has a number of nice places to eat. If you appreciate historic buildings, you won't be disappointed with the railway station, the town hall and several historic churches. There's also a miniature tourist park which has scaled down models of landmarks from around the world. Stawell is a great place to stay if you want to explore the Grampians.

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Shepparton

"Great golfing spot"

When I visited Shepparton, I was with some very keen golfers who were kept entertained all weekend on the area's golf courses. However, there was plenty to keep me entertained while the hit the greens. First of all I visited the art gallery, which was quite fascinating and then I visited Seven Creeks Chocolate Shop - yum! Shepparton also has heaps of local produce including cheese made at Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese. If you have kids, there's plenty to do with a water park and skate park.

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Ocean Grove

"A great family destination"

Ocean Grove is not only a stunning coastal town, it is also a great place to take your family for a holiday. Kids will love the popular timber mazes and mini golf course just out of the town as well as Adventure Park which has heaps of water slides and other fun in the water. Being the largest city outside of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula, Ocean Grove has everything you need while on holidays. There are also heaps of places to eat and some great bushwalks.

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Bendigo

"Plenty to see and do in Bendigo"

The grand buildings in Bendigo are a reminder of the city's gold rush. Today, it's well worth a visit with plenty to see and do. A great way to get around is on the talking tram and if you want to experience what it was like to work in a mine, head to Central Deborah where you can travel underground in a miner's cage. Other places to visit are the Golden Dragon Museum and Life Adventure Park which offers heaps of physical challenges. If you love the great outdoors, there are plenty of picturesque bush walks including a trail through the Whipstick Forest.

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Anakie

"A fairytale experience"

If you have a young family, they'll love Fairy Park in Anakie. The park is a tribute to fairytales and is Australia's oldest theme park. It has animated figures which come to life and tell you the fairytale they are a part of. Anakie is a short drive from Geelong. While you're there the Brisbane Ranges National Park is also worth a look. Its renowned for its range of flora with more than 100 species. Fairy Park has long been a favourite with families.

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Hepburn Springs

"Indulge yourself in spa country"

Hepburn Springs is in the heart of spa country. Treat yourself to a relaxing mineral springs spa or a treatment at one of the resorts. The town is also a short drive to the Chocolate Mill, which is a chocolate lover's paradise. If you love cricket, take a drive to Cricket Willow where cricket bats are created and there is a cricket museum. You can also get a great meal at the local hotel or see some great live bands at The Palais.

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Daylesford

"Great weekend getaway"

There is a relaxed way of living in Daylesford. It's very popular for Melburnians looking to escape the city for a weekend and dozens of people linger over a coffee at the numerous cafes in this trendy town. If you like to keep active, go for a walk around Lake Daylesford or if you love vintage items, the Mill Market is well worth a look. There are plenty of places to stay and lots of eateries from a good hearty pub meal to the upmarket Lake House which has won dozens of awards for its fine fare. If you haven't discovered Daylesford, you are missing out.

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Portland

"Take your fishing rod"

If you love fishing, you will be in awe of some of the fish caught in Portland. There are many different fishing spots for on and offshore fishing. A great way to see some of the town is by taking a ride on the town's cable tram, which takes you along the foreshore. If you want to take a short drive out of Portland, Treloar Roses is well worth a visit. Its owners created a pink rose in honour of Jane McGrath. In summer, you can go swimming or snorkelling. A short drive from Portland is Cape Bridgewater, one of the most stunning beaches in Victoria. It is also home to a seal colony which can be reached by boat or on foot.

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