Review in The Age

The Boathouse Nagambie is set just out of town on Lake Nagambie, metres from the 123-year-old Kirwan’s Bridge. The building was once a boathouse, but has been lovingly restored and converted into a cosy, self-contained open-plan cottage for two by owner Ian Barford. It’s an ideal escape for couples where a weekend away feels like a week. Musicians will also enjoy the views from the music room cum recording studio, which is sure to relieve any songwriter’s block.

Nagambie’s lakeside caravan parks are crowded during peak holiday periods, but the town is more peaceful at other times. Food and wine buffs will love the historic wineries of Mitchelton and Tahbilk, where many hours can be whiled away over lunch within cooee of the Goulburn River. Nearby Avenel was the childhood home of bushranger Ned Kelly, but is now famed for its Bank Street Wood-fired Pizza and Gardens.

Drag yourself out of the wineries and take the 50-minute drive to Ruffy. You’ll be rewarded by spectacular views of the Strathbogie Ranges and the popular Ruffy Produce Store and cafe. Just mind the wayward roos if making the journey home after dusk.

Michael SharkeyThe Age