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Food and Wine Itinerary

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Hit the road and enjoy three days of indulgence in Sun Country on the Murray.

Sun Country on the Murray is the fresh produce capital of the Murray region. No matter where you choose to stay, gourmet options will always be at your doorstep.

Our makers and growers strive for excellence. Supported by the fertile earth and ideal climate, Sun Country produce is pure, delicious and world class.

But don’t take our word for it…

Day One – settle in and discover

It’s a great idea to consider Cobram as your home base. Cobram is a township just 3 1/2 hours north of Melbourne, located on the Murray River. It hosts a wide variety of retail venues, eateries and activities. Most importantly, Cobram is in a central position in our region, with dozens of food and wine destinations within an easy drive in every direction.

From Cobram, begin your food and wine tour with a light breakfast or early lunch at Café 3641. It is located in Strathmerton, a short ten-minute drive from Cobram along the Murray Valley Highway.

Alternatively (or in addition), Cactus Country is located just before Strathmerton along the Murray Valley Highway. Open from 10am to 6pm, this unique attraction features an expansive number of walking trails, with a wide variety of cacti. They have a Mexican themed bar and restaurant on site, and is great fun for kids.

Then travel to Monichino Wines in Katunga. Monichino was established in 1962, and has more than 25 varieties of wine available. Take the Murray Valley Highway to Strathmerton, then turn left onto Numurkah Road. Monichino serves platters and other food from Wednesday to Sunday, so it’s ideal for lunch as well as wine tastings.

After Monichino, take an afternoon trip to Numurkah, a further ten minutes down the road.

You may want to finish off the afternoon by continuing on to either Eden Farm Produce in Numurkah, or Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese in Wunghnu. Eden Farm offers organic fruit, vegetables, beef and groceries, as well as an extensive pantry range of quality food products. Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese invites you to hear how their famous artisan cheese are made, and offers moulds, blue, hard and semi-hard cheese varieties for your taste buds. Either destination is ideal to spend the afternoon, enjoying some of the fresh, high-quality produce our region is famous for.

For dinner, head back to nearby Numurkah. There are a number of fabulous eateries here, including the Shamrock Hotel (bistro meals), Café Mierlo (extensive range of light meals and snacks), Laino’s Pizza and Pasta, and many more.

Day Two – rivers and silos

If you’d prefer not to backtrack later in the day, it might be worth checking out of Cobram. We’ll end the day in Yarrawonga Mulwala, so it might be easiest to find a placed there for the following night or two. Either way, the towns are only 30 minutes apart, so it’s really up to you.

Begin your second day with a late breakfast/early lunch at Byramine Homestead. Being the oldest homestead in Victoria, it not only offers historic significance, but also operates as a brewery and vegetable farm. Allow a few hours to tour their grounds and uniquely-designed house.

Located in Yarrawonga, the Rich Glen Provedore outlet of the award-winning Rich Glen Olive Estate is praised for its wide range of products. They have numerous jams, sauces, oils and other products for purchase. Poppy’s Salad Dressing is a must buy.

Take the afternoon to relax and tour the region. Not too far from Rich Glen and Byramine is our region’s very own Silo Trail. It begins in Tungamah, and proceeds through St James, Devenish and Goorambat, and ends at Benalla. It is a good drive that takes a few hours to complete, beginning along the Tungamah Road, which is ten minutes down the Murray Valley Highway.

If art’s not your thing, maybe play a round at one of our famous golf courses. Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club and the Black Bull Golf Course are glorious nearby options.

In the late afternoon, visit the twin towns of Yarrawonga Mulwala. Dinner options here are plentiful. Perhaps enjoy a paddle boat cruise on scenic Lake Mulwala. The Cumberoona and the Paradise Queen both offer evening cruises with meals and entertainment included – on most days of the year you’ll also get a perfect sunset thrown in free of charge. Make sure to check their schedule and book prior to visiting.

Alternatively, enjoy dinner at the Stock & Barrel, Elizabeth’s, ClubMulwala or the Mulwala Water Ski Club. All have fantastic food and a lively atmosphere, right on the banks of gorgeous Lake Mulwala.

Day Three – exploring further afield

After a lazy start and breakfast in one of the town cafes in Cobram or the Lake Café and Deck in Yarrawonga, head along the Murray Valley Highway past Yarrawonga, to Warrabilla Wines in Rutherglen. It is about 30 minutes from Yarrawonga. Warrabilla Wines is open seven days, and their small production and dedication to quality have earned them a cult following. Allow an hour or two for tastings and to enjoy the grounds.

In the afternoon, jump the Murray River to Corowa, a quaint little town on the NSW side of the Murray River. Along the way in Rutherglen, there are numerous other wineries that you could stop at if you have room in your boot for a few liquid souvenirs.

Once you reach Corowa, visit the renowned Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate. It’s housed in an old flour mill, which has been converted into a modern distillery and chocolate factory. Take a tour of the premises, and sample Corowa’s own single malt whiskey. Be sure to also try some of their delicious organic chocolate and liquorice range while there.

Return to Yarrawonga for several easy dinner choices, or back to Cobram for a hearty meal at the Cobram Hotel, known to all as the ‘Top Pub’, or a taste of classic Australian-style Asian food at Jack’s Restaurant.