Once a hidden gem, Murrumbateman is now quickly being recognised as one of the nation’s up and coming wine producers. At just 40-mintue’s drive from Canberra and 3-hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD, Murrumbateman is turning into a food and wine lover’s heaven. Below is our complete weekend guide.
DAY 1 – Saturday
If there’s one thing this region is famous for, it’s produce! Head to the farmers markets to chat with local makers and pick up cool-climate wines, jams and preserves, cured meats, oils, baked goods, coffee and of course, fresh fruit, vegetables and plants. Across the road, Wins Creek Meadery is also worth a visit. Browse the gift shop for handmade ceramics, beeswax candles, quilts, stained glass ornaments and honey.
Yass Community Markets
10am – 1pm Saturday (1st and 3rd of the month)
St. Augustine’s Hall & Grounds, Yass
Murrumbateman Village Markets
9am – 1pm Saturday (2nd & 4th of the month)
Recreation Grounds, opposite Abode Murrumbateman Barton Highway
Wins Creek Meadery
18 East Street, Barton Highway, Murrumbateman
Jump on an Abode Bike at reception and follow the map provided to Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard Estate for a traditional, rustic lunch of share plates. Pair your dishes with a glass of their award-winning cool-climate wines and be sure to indulge in the delightful antipasto board, featuring local farm produce. While you’re there, it would be a sin not to take a tour of the acclaimed Shaw Vineyard Estate cellar door and shop.
Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard Estate
Isabel Drive, Murrumbateman
Head into Yass to pound the pavement on the Town Heritage Walk. Take in the beautiful heritage architecture, museums and local boutique shopping on Comur and Meehan Streets.
Yass Valley Information Centre
259 Comur Street, Yass
We hope you’ve saved some room for dinner, because you’re not going to want to miss this. Make a reservation at Clementine in Yass. Awarded its first hat in the 2018 Good Food Guide, this European-inspired restaurant is set in a 1950s weatherboard cottage and provides views over historic Yass. Enjoy their regional dishes in front of a toasty fireplace.
104 Meehan Street, Yass
DAY 2 – Sunday
There are few pleasures in life greater than a Sunday breakfast in bed. Abode Murrumbatemen offers a wholesome continental breakfast from 7am to 10am daily in the dining room, or you can have it delivered to you. Enjoy breads and pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt, cereals, made-to-order pancakes and freshly made espresso coffee. Place your order for room service with reception by 9pm the evening before.
Head to Poachers Pantry for a lunch to die for! This family owned business has built a reputation for its artisanal smoked meats and cool-climate wines, which trade under their signature Wily Trout Vineyard label. Take a seat in the relaxed Smokehouse Restaurant or out on the terrace and enjoy an organic, paddock-to-plate lunch and stunning views of the vineyard and countryside.
431 Nanima Road, Springrange
“Life is short – make it sweet!” We couldn’t agree more with Robyn Rowe, Murrumbateman’s resident sweet tooth. Rowe creates hand-crafted chocolates using the highest quality imported Belgian Callebaut Fair Trade couverture and traditional European methods. Peer through the glass to see the chocolatiers in action and sample the many delicious flavours over some tea and coffee. We’ll take one of each, please!
Robyn Rowe Chocolates
1153 Nanima Road, Springrange
To finish off your food-filled day, head into Yass for some feel-good vibes at community hub, Yazzbar. With regular live music sessions featuring the region’s talented and up and coming artists, the bar is not only serious about jazz, but showcases a variety of genres, including rock, soul and funk. Kick back with a glass of the region’s best and some locally sourced tapas.
81 Comur Street, Yass
Interested in a weekend away in Murrumbateman? Abode Murrumbateman is the perfect place to stay when visiting the region. Book our Bike & Vine package. Not only does it include a discounted room rate for a queen room, but also guaranteed bike hire for two and a bottle of a local Canberra Region wine. Book now below.