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.


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  1. Shaw Wines Vineyard Experience

    Thursday 21 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019 , Murrumbateman

    Join Shaw Wines owner and winemaker Graeme Shaw for a walk through the Estate’s vineyard. This informative opportunity is a chance to learn about how a vineyard works and how what happens in the vineyard affects the final wines. Then head…

    21 Mar - 31 Mar
  2. Murrumbateman Village Market

    Saturday 23 March 2019 to Saturday 14 December 2019 , Murrumbateman

    Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts. The second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm. The market sells a wide range of…

    23 Mar - 14 Dec
  3. Movie night in the vineyard

    Friday 29 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Murrumbateman

    Come and enjoy an Autumn evening amongst the vines eating pizza and watching a movie on a large screen. This is a chance to see The Merger a 2018 Australian comedy/drama film based on comedian Damian Callinan’s critically acclaimed solo…

    29 Mar - 30 Mar