Opt for the mod-Asian banquet at Moon and Mountain.

10 reasons to visit … Ballarat

Restaurants in a laneway? Food halls in a heritage warehouse? It's all here, and just a 90-minute train journey from Melbourne.

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Pack a picnic and walk to the lighthouse on Griffith Island.

One perfect day in Port Fairy

Port Fairy is a leprechaun-sized Irish outpost at the end of the Great Ocean Road, surrounded by fields of potatoes, shipwreck remains and bluestone whalers' cottages.

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Sodafish chef Nick Mahlook at his floating restaurant on the harbour at Lakes Entrance.

One perfect day in Lakes Entrance

Produce is a shining upside of this fishing village four hours east of Melbourne, with the day's catch available directly off the boats.

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