Discover the taste of history with a fresh palate in Rutherglen, a historic wine growing area invigorated by a crop of bold young winemakers.
You won't go thirsty in Rutherglen, home to world-beating fortified wines, robust reds and crisp white wines since the early 1800s. Visit revitalised cellar doors and meet fourth and fifth generation winemakers drawing on family tradition and modern techniques to keep Rutherglen on the map. Learn about winemaking and taste premium wines at the Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre. Explore the scenic winery circuit in a hired limousine or tour bus, or cycle the banks of the Murray River to wineries along the Muscat Trail.
Linger at cellar door restaurants like Tuileries at Jolimont Cellars, or settle in at picnic areas among the vines. Spend long afternoons in country pubs, and save room for the iconic Parker Pies. Sample delicious local produce like lamb, honey, Murray cod, cherries, nuts and preserves. Pick up a picnic hamper or stock up on supplies to take home.
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You can stroll down old cobbled streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings, and moments of the gold rush years and the elegant Victorian era that followed. Then enjoy uncovering the stories of our colonial men and women in the towns’ museums, book shops and galleries and their historical sites.
The broad, gum tree-shaded banks of the beautiful Murray River provide a relaxing location for a water based holiday. You can experience the charm of traveling on Australia’s iconic river on a paddle steamer, fish for the famous Murray Cod, play golf on championship courses, or just watch the river flow from one of its pretty beaches.
This road through Australia’s history starts in Sydney, where European settlement began, and where much of its original colonial architecture can still be seen in the Rocks, sitting under the famous Harbour Bridge and across the quay from the iconic Sydney Opera House. The route also takes in the national capital of Canberra, home to world class museums and galleries, award winning food and wine, and a plethora of outdoors and nature experiences fit for the whole family.
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Drive from Sydney to Melbourne and Melbourne to Sydney for a memorable roadtrip. Find activities and accommodation along the coast and inland. Meet the wildlife, enjoy the food and wine and stay at some wonderful, welcoming cottages, guesthouses, camp grounds and motels. Plan your holiday now.