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Wild Dog Winery, Warragul

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Deconstructed lemon tart.

An impromptu lunch was called for on the last day of Winter. Although the calendar hadn’t flicked over to Spring yet, Mother Nature had decided it was Spring. She put on a gorgeous day. My friend and I decided to go out for lunch and chose this winery because it was one of the ones on our ‘to do’ list.

The winery is in Warragul which is 105kms from Melbourne but only about 35kms from where my friend lives. It’s a lush, green area of rolling pastures filled with olive groves and vines waiting to be filled with grapes.

We were really pleased with what we chose from the menu. The scallops I had for entrée were perfectly cooked. The Deconstructed lemon tart was very tasty. I love lemon tarts but they can be a bit heavy. Being able to mix each element myself on the plate was great. It kept the dessert very light.

And of course being at a winery we had to choose one of their wines. We both chose the Wild Dog 2011 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc. It’s a very light, refreshing sparkling wine in the traditional methode champenoise style.

The restaurant is featured in the 2014 edition of the Good Food Guide having been given a rating of 14/20.

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This dessert is called Candyland. It is made up of a variety of sweet treats such as bubblegum ice cream and other pieces of deliciousness. It’s their brand new dessert; it has only been on the menu for a few weeks.

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We sat on the deck on the far left, in full view of the sun.

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The very relaxing view from our table.

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My friend’s entrée. Roasted Root Vegetable Salad – sweet potato, dutch creams, baby carrot, parsnips, swede, fried garlic, onion, truffle salt, avocado oil, rosemary.

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My entrée – Hervey Bay scallops, cauliflower puree, fennel, dill & cucumber, Yarra Valley salmon roe

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Walhalla: Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine Tour

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The mine was opened in 1863, closed when they couldn’t find gold then re-opened in 1871 by the Long Tunnel Gold Company who found gold in the opposite direction. With new technology they were able to build a large machine chamber supporting three huge Cornish boilers, ventilation shafts and flumes whilst sinking the main shaft, that eventually reached a depth of over 900 metres. That enabled the mine to become the second most productive mine in the area. Between 1871 and 1911 they found 13,695kg of gold.

Nowadays you can take a guided tour for around an hour. We were taken 300m underground (a rather scary proposition) to see the workings of the mine and the rather primitive tools that were used to mine for the gold. We were assured the mine had undergone a substantial safety upgrade recently. Once I got over my worries about being that far below ground I enjoyed the tour. On the other side of the carpark is a small museum with photos of the miners and the conditions they used to work in. The tour is really interesting and I would recommend it to anyone interested in those sorts of things.

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The entrance to the mine.

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Metung

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Last February my parents and I went to Metung, a tiny village in the Gippsland Lakes in eastern Victoria. It is such a beautiful, isolated place. There’s no passing traffic so it’s very quiet and is a bit of a mecca for families and retirees. It’s the sort of place where you have to relax, unwind and maybe try some fishing.

From the internet we booked one nights accommodation at the The Moorings at Metung in a two-bedroom two-storey townhouse. It was a great apartment and we wished we were staying more than one night. I’d love to come back and stay there again. Although the village is small and everything is pretty much within walking distance, the Moorings was only about 100m from the village green and the few restaurants there.

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We stayed in the 2nd townhouse from the left.

For dinner we went to the Metung Hotel which overlooks the lakes.
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Entree of smoked salmon bruschetta

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King George Whiting and chips. This is my favourite type of fish but is normally quite expensive.

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After dinner we walked around to the bay to watch the sun set. It had been a warm day so it was really nice after dinner.