Surrounded by rolling vineyards, Murrumbateman is the capital of the Canberra District wine region. This former goldmining village is home to 20 boutique wineries. You can taste wines at cellar doors, including the iconic Clonakilla and Helm Wines, as well as at local foodie events.

Getting to Murrumbateman in the beautiful Yass Valley is easy. The drive is 35 minutes from Canberra, 20 minutes from Yass and three hours from Sydney. Explore the region’s food and wine district that extends to Gundaroo and Yass. In Yass, you can dine at vineyard restaurants.

A winemaker looking at wine in the Clonakilla winery, Murrumbateman

Murrumbateman’s events calendar is fittingly delicious. The Murrumbateman Village Market is held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, and sells fresh local produce. Pick up wines and olive oils, cakes and pastries, jams and sauces, and other gourmet delights.

The Wine, Women and Song festival is in May. Meet award-winning winemakers at their cellar doors, and enjoy a wonderful range of tasting experiences, guided vineyard tours and live music in the pretty countryside. There are also markets, art displays and photography exhibitions.

Horseriding with Burnlee Excursions on Horseback, near Murrumbateman

Murrumbateman is perfect for horseriding. Burnelee Excursions on Horseback offer a variety of experiences for all levels of rider, including beginners. You can even join in the thrilling mustering of sheep and cattle on the grazing property or simply explore surrounding bushland.

There’s lots of things to do in and around Murrumbateman. You can learn the art of chocolate making at Robyn Rowe Chocolates, discover fascinating history and heritage at a number of museums, and explore inside the splendid Careys Cave. There are also many places to stay.