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