Murray River Region

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  • 1. Beechworth Honey

    So much more than just a honey shop, Beechworth Honey is a leading producer of pure honey, including single varietal honeys, a working beehive, and...

    So much more than just a honey shop, Beechworth Honey is a leading producer of pure honey, including single varietal honeys, a working beehive, and a little educational tour great for kids. Shop its raw and pure honey varieties, made from 100% natural, locally produced honey. Peruse the great-smelling honey- and beeswax-based skin care and the high-quality, locally made handcrafts, which make great gifts. The group's Bee Cause project contributes 1% of all global sales revenue toward supporting bees and their environment.

    31 Ford St.
    - 02 - 6033--2322
  • 2. Buller Wines

    Established by Reginald Langdon Buller in 1921, this Rutherglen winery produces delicious fortified wines and gutsy, full-bodied reds, the flagship being its Shiraz. As the...

    Established by Reginald Langdon Buller in 1921, this Rutherglen winery produces delicious fortified wines and gutsy, full-bodied reds, the flagship being its Shiraz. As the old Shiraz vines are not irrigated, the annual yields are low, but the fruit produced has intense flavor, which winemaker Dave Whyte crafts into wines of great depth and elegance. Tastings and sales are at the cellar door, free, or pay A$15 for tastings of four of its Muscat or Topaque, from 4, 10, 25, and 50 years old!  Treat yourself to a grazing platter and Rare Muscat straight from the barrel (A$35) or the Three Chain Road gins, distilled here (A$25). The winery is also home to its on-site restaurant, Pavilion, overlooking the vineyards.

    2804 Federation Way
    - 02 - 6032–9660

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  • 3. Historic River Precinct

    The inland river port of Echuca is a heritage town, home to a large paddle steamer fleet and its historic wharf. Among the vessels docked...

    The inland river port of Echuca is a heritage town, home to a large paddle steamer fleet and its historic wharf. Among the vessels docked at the wharf is the PS Adelaide (built in 1866), the world's oldest operating wooden-hulled paddle steamer. Other historic buildings include the Bridge Hotel, built by ex-convict Henry Hopwood and the "father of Echuca," who had the foresight to establish a punt, and then to build a bridge at this commercially strategic point on the river. The Star Hotel, built in the 1860s, has an underground bar and escape tunnel, which was used by after-hours drinkers in the 19th century to evade the police. The Port of Echuca Discovery Centre is now open and full of historical displays. It's also a booking office, where you can get tickets to paddle steamer cruises and other historic sights, plus a spooky Port After Dark tour (A$15). The center itself runs daily tours (A$12.50) covering its displays and the recently revitalized wharf areas (warehouses, old railroad tracks, and riverboats included), and the Star Hotel. One-hour river excursions are a refreshing treat at the end of a hot summer's day. Step aboard the Adelaide, the historic Pevensey, or the Alexander Arbuthnot for a one-hour cruise. Book tickets at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. Otherwise, Murray River Paddle Steamers runs hour-long excursions on the PS Canberra, and the Emmylou, a 19th-century-style boat built in 1980–82 for a historic television series, does overnight and multiday cruises from two to six night.  A one-hour cruise on the PS Canberra costs A$30.

    74 Murray Esplanade
    - 03 - 5481–0500
  • 4. All Saints Estate

    In business since 1864, this winery has a splendid, turreted castle that was built in the 1880s with capacious storage areas for its product. The...

    In business since 1864, this winery has a splendid, turreted castle that was built in the 1880s with capacious storage areas for its product. The old bottling hall and cellar have been revamped as a cheese tasting room, and a corrugated iron former Chinese dormitory is the property's third heritage-listed building, which you can visit to see in its original state—bunks and all—on guided tours of the winery. Tours are conducted at 11 am on weekends; book in advance (A$50, includes wine and cheese tasting). The winery produces Muscat and Muscadelle from 60-year-old vines, and a range of crisp whites and full-bodied reds. The on-site Indigo Food Company providore sells regional cheeses and condiments ideal for a lavish picnic hamper. The menu at the Terrace restaurant—considered the best in the region—changes seasonally; desserts are excellent, especially when combined with a formidable northeast fortified wine. The cellar door and cheese room are open daily; the restaurant is open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. The winery hosts a huge A Day on the Green music festival each February (www.adayonthegreen.com.au).

    All Saints Rd.
    - 1800 - 021--621

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  • 5. Alpine National Park

    This national park covers three loosely connected areas in eastern Victoria, which follow the peaks of the Great Dividing Range. One of these areas, formerly...

    This national park covers three loosely connected areas in eastern Victoria, which follow the peaks of the Great Dividing Range. One of these areas, formerly Bogong National Park, contains some of the highest mountains on the continent. As such, it is a wintertime destination for skiers who flock to the resorts at Falls Creek, Mt. Hotham, and Dinner Plain. The land around here is rich in history. "Bogong" is a word in the local Dhudhuroa language for "big moth," and it was to Mt. Bogong that local Indigenous tribes came each year after the winter thaw in search of bogong moths, considered a delicacy. They were eventually displaced by cattle ranchers who brought their cattle here to graze. The main townships in the area are Bright and Mount Beauty, both of which have visitor information centers.

    Alpine National Park
    - 131--963
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  • 6. Billson's Breweries

    The 1920s temperance movement helped to turn this brewery's focus to the brewing of nonalcoholic cordials. The cordials are produced using old-time recipes and seasonal...

    The 1920s temperance movement helped to turn this brewery's focus to the brewing of nonalcoholic cordials. The cordials are produced using old-time recipes and seasonal flavors, such as Sicilian blood orange, using the area's natural spring water. Temperance is no longer an issue, and Billson's also creates a range of craft beers, whiskey, its own gin, and even a coffee liqueur. Their range of premixed drinks still uses the original cordials: try the full range, including the popular vodka with portello (grape and berry cola flavor). The brewery has several venues and serves a simple menu of pub grub, including burgers and steak sandwiches. Choose from the Tasting Room, the dog-friendly beer garden, and the more upmarket Speakeasy, where you can sip a cocktail and order a grazing board of local olives, meats, and cheeses. On the same site is the Beechworth Carriage Museum, a collection of 20 horse-drawn vehicles and Australian Light Horse Infantry memorabilia from World War I. Open daily 10–5, A$1. Tastings are free.

    29 Last St.
    - 03 - 5728–1304

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  • 7. Burke Museum

    This 160-year-old museum takes its name from Robert O'Hara Burke who, with William Wills, became one of the first European explorers to cross Australia from...

    This 160-year-old museum takes its name from Robert O'Hara Burke who, with William Wills, became one of the first European explorers to cross Australia from south to north in 1861. Burke served as superintendent of police in Beechworth from 1856 to 1859. The museum also displays a reconstructed streetscape of Beechworth in the 1880s, a section dedicated to the Chinese population during the gold rush years, and a natural history collection of taxidermy animals, including a rare thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, extinct since 1936.

    Loch St.
    - 03 - 5728–8067

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  • 8. Campbell's Rutherglen Wines

    Wines have been made here by five generations of the Campbell family, dating back to 1870. Brothers Colin and Malcolm Campbell, the winemaker and viticulturist...

    Wines have been made here by five generations of the Campbell family, dating back to 1870. Brothers Colin and Malcolm Campbell, the winemaker and viticulturist respectively, have been at the helm for the past 40 years, and Colin's daughter Julie joins him as winemaker. Famed for its award-winning Bobbie Burns Shiraz and Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat, the property covers a picturesque 160 acres. You can wander freely through the winery on a self-guided tour and taste wines at the cellar door, including rare and aged vintages. Vintage Reserve wines are available only at the cellar door. Private tastings and guided tours can be booked. The winery does not have a restaurant but sells baskets of local gourmet goodies. The winery also takes part in the annual Tastes of Rutherglen wine festival, when food and music are on the agenda.

    4603 Murray Valley Hwy.
    - 02 - 6033–6000

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  • 9. Chambers Rosewood Winery

    Established in the 1850s, this is one of Australia's heavyweight producers of fortified wines. Stephen Chambers's Muscats are legendary, with blending stocks that go back...

    Established in the 1850s, this is one of Australia's heavyweight producers of fortified wines. Stephen Chambers's Muscats are legendary, with blending stocks that go back more than a century. Stephen, a sixth-generation winemaker, runs a very relaxed winery, which is genuinely rustic, being just a few corrugated iron sheds in an off-the-beaten-track road. The cellar door is renowned for great value and plenty of tastings; you can take home reasonably priced red and white wine and a full range of fortified wines—from the clean-skin variety (no-label stock) to big two-liter flagons. There's no restaurant, just a cellar door, which also sells homemade jams and condiments.

    Barkley St.
    - 02 - 6032–8641

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  • 10. Ford Street

    A stroll along Ford Street is the best way to absorb the historic character and charm of Beechworth. Between fabulous cafés, housewares shops, and the...

    A stroll along Ford Street is the best way to absorb the historic character and charm of Beechworth. Between fabulous cafés, housewares shops, and the town's signature Beechworth Honey business (stop in for free tastings and to sample the honey-based hand creams), the distinguished buildings are Tanswell's Commercial Hotel, the Town Hall, and the Courthouse. It was in the latter that the committal hearing for the famous bushranger Ned Kelly took place in August 1880. His feisty mother, Ellen Kelly, was also sentenced to three years in jail at this court. The town bustles on Saturday mornings, especially when the excellent farmers' market is held on the grounds of the Christ Church Anglican Church, on the first Saturday of the month.

    Ford St.
  • 11. Mt. Buffalo National Park

    A perfect day trip from Bright, the park is full of fascinating granite formations, waterfalls, and animal and plant life. There are many more miles...

    A perfect day trip from Bright, the park is full of fascinating granite formations, waterfalls, and animal and plant life. There are many more miles of walking tracks than you're likely to cover. The 2½-km (1½-mile) Gorge Walk is particularly scenic. Lake Cantani has swimming and a camping area in summer, while in winter, the snow-covered park becomes a playground for skiers and tobogganers.

    Mt. Buffalo
    - 13–1963
  • 12. Pfeiffer Wines

    Since its first vines were planted in 1895, this winery has made exceptional fortified wines such as Topaque and Muscat, and varietal wines, including Shiraz...

    Since its first vines were planted in 1895, this winery has made exceptional fortified wines such as Topaque and Muscat, and varietal wines, including Shiraz and Durif. It also has one of the few Australian plantings of Gamay, the classic French grape used to make Beaujolais, and produces a large range of vegan wines.  Cheese platters (A$30) are available anytime. Winemaker Jen Pfeiffer also makes a cheeky wine cocktail called Pfeiffer Seriously Pink, which makes a great aperitif.

    167 Distillery Rd.
    - 02 - 6033–2805

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  • 13. Yackandandah

    This cute small town, 23 km (14 miles) northeast of Beechworth, shot to fame after the release of the lighthearted comedy Strange Bedfellows, starring Paul...

    This cute small town, 23 km (14 miles) northeast of Beechworth, shot to fame after the release of the lighthearted comedy Strange Bedfellows, starring Paul Hogan. The town's pretty historic buildings (including the two pubs, the post office, and the bank) were used as settings, and many of the town's 700 residents were movie extras. The town (Yack, to its friends), isn't looking to the past: it aims to be a carbon-neutral town by 2022.

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