There are no prizes for guessing that Bridgewater on Loddon sits on the wide banks of the Loddon River. Once the crossing point for gold diggers, today it is a key destination for visitors seeking a place to launch their boat or wishing to explore the region. After fossicking through the historic church’s op shop, or wandering through the antique and collectibles shop, pick up a bottle of wine from Water Wheel Winery and select your picnic lunch from the Bridgewater Bakehouse.

With these supplies, make your way down river to the natural infinity pool, with a swimming platform surrounded by river red gums. In the distance, you will see the 100-year-old Laucke Flour Mill.

You can head down the river on a canoe, or ski on the long stretches of river where the Australian Masters are held every January. Finish the day sleeping by the Loddon in the riverside caravan and camping park, and continue your stay to walk the many trails, cycle, play golf or just while away the hours.