Surrounded by rolling vineyards, Murrumbateman is at the heart of the Canberra district wine country. Home to 20 boutique wineries, this former gold mining village will thrill the senses with cellar doors, vineyard restaurants and overflowing market flavours.
Vineyards and market delights
Murrumbateman is a great base to explore the food and wine district that extends to Gundaroo and Yass. Settle in and visit iconic Murrumbateman wineries such as Clonakilla and Helm Wines, where you can taste internationally acclaimed cool-climate wines. Sweet tooths should head straight for Robyn Rowe Chocolates.
Murrumbateman’s events calendar is fittingly delicious. Sample gourmet delights and local wine at the Murrumbateman Village Market. The Wine, Women and Song festival is in May. Meet award-winning winemakers and enjoy a wonderful range of tasting experiences and vineyard tours.
Burnelee Excursions on Horseback offer a variety of experiences for all levels of rider, including beginners. You can join in the thrilling mustering of sheep and cattle on the grazing property or simply explore surrounding bushland.
Descend a staircase into the magical realm of the spectacular Careys Cave. Tours through the beautiful, naturally sculpted rock and cave formations can be tailored to group size. Concerts are also held in the cave throughout the year.
Historic sites and attractions
You’ll 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. At the historic Allwood Cottage you’ll find preserved artefacts and 19th century ambience.
Getting there and where to stay
Murrumbateman is a 3hr 30min drive from Sydney and just over half an hour from Canberra. You can take a scenic train trip from Sydney to Yass Junction, which takes around 3hr 40min, and rent a car for the 25min drive. There are many places to stay, from guesthouses and farm stays to hotels and B&Bs.