Murrumbateman

Surrounded by rolling green vineyards in the heart of cool climate wine country, the Murrumbateman region is home to 20 world-class boutique wineries. A former gold mining town, this sleepy hamlet in the Yass Valley is the perfect weekend escape for exploring cellar doors, vineyard restaurants and bustling farmers markets.

Couple enjoying a walk through the Helm Wines vineyard in Murrumbateman, Yass Area

Helm Wines, Murrumbateman

Vineyards & market delights

Wine capital of the acclaimed Canberra District, Murrumbateman is a great base to explore the region that extends to Gundaroo and Yass. Visit iconic wineries Clonakilla and Helm Wines, and dine at Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard Estate. Sweet tooths can indulge at chocolate cafe Sweet Pea & Poppy.

Murrumbateman’s events calendar is fittingly delicious. Taste superb aged Cabernet from the Helm Wines’ Museum Collection at their annual Rare Cabernet weekend in May, while the Murrumbateman Moving Feast in October is a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with gourmet tasting plates.

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience with Ken Helm of Helm Wines, Murrumbateman

Helm Wines, Murrumbateman

Historic sites & horse riding

Discover fascinating history and heritage at a number of museums and historic sites around Murrumbateman. Visit Cooma Cottage, the home of great Australian explorer Hamilton Hume in the 1800s. At the heritage-listed Allwood Cottage, you’ll find preserved artefacts and 19th-century ambience.

Experience the thrill of mustering sheep and cattle with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback. Catering for all levels of riding experience, including beginners, you can enjoy trail riding on the vast grazing property, including the magical two-hour Twilight Ride or simply explore the surrounding natural bushland.

Getting there

Murrumbateman is a 3 hour 30-min drive from Sydney and only half an hour from Canberra. You can take a scenic train trip from Sydney to Yass Junction, which takes around 3 hours and 40 mins, and rent a car for the 25 min drive. There are many places to stay, from guesthouses and farm stays to hotels and B&Bs.

 

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