Halfway along the Mallee Highway between the NSW border town of Piangil and Ouyen, the small town of Manangatang is at the heart of sheep and wheat country. Manangatang was a convenient staging post back in the horse and coach days and some of the town’s historic buildings are a mirror into the past. Today the town supports a population of 3200 who enjoy one of Victoria's most comfortable climates with an average summer temperature of 28 degrees and a mild mean of 15.7 degrees in winter. An hour’s drive north from Manangatan lies the Murray River and Robinvale where McWilliams Wines’ Lexia Room presents a historical perspective on the development of the industry in the region, while there is a Greek influence to Robinvale Wines’ offerings. There are fish to be landed from the banks of the Murray whose local stretches are also popular with water-skiers. A comfortable drive west from Robinvale takes you to the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and the chance to meet some of the local wild and birdlife on their own turf. The towns of Piangil, Tooleybuc and a series of lakes are within an hour’s drive to the east.