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Visit Sunbury and join the international discussion over the actual birthplace of The Ashes, international cricket's coveted trophy.

The Ashes at Rupertswood

The history of the Ashes records that when Australia won against England at The Oval in London 1882, The London Times announced the death of English cricket.

The English team soon toured Australia and played a social match at Rupertswood. Tradition has it that after the game the bails were burnt and the ashes presented to the English captain. Upon his death his widow presented them to the Marylebone Cricket Club and today the urn remains in the MCC museum at Lord's.

Historical Rupertswood Mansion now hosts festivals and weddings amidst its grand rooms, extensive gardens and wine cellar, while luncheons and heritage tours are held year-round.

Pioneering history

Sunbury is also home to the state's oldest homestead, Emu Bottom, which was built in 1836 and now offers tailored tastes of Australia's pioneering history, including bush music and various bush tucker eating experiences.

Sunbury Wine Region

Set out on a tour of the celebrated Sunbury Wine Region. Meet the winemakers and visit cellar doors for tastings at the numerous regional wineries, including the historic Goonawarra (1863) and Craiglee Vineyard (1864).

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Sunbury wine region

Explore vineyards that date back to the 1850s and still produce long-lasting red wines in Sunbury and surrounding areas in the region.

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Sunbury and Macedon Ranges itinerary

Travel just 20 minutes past Melbourne Airport to the heart of the Sunbury wine region, and onwards to Romsey, Lancefield and impressive Mount Macedon.





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Feel the history in all you do in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, from generations-old farms to mineral waters discovered during the gold rush.

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Local produce

Taste food at its freshest in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, either at restaurants celebrating the best local produce or at farm gate stalls.

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Nature and wildlife

Capture the essence of the mineral springs during your stay in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, wander regional gardens and visit Hanging Rock.