Food & wine
Step out into the sun-blessed Murray region, brimming with all manner of wining and dining possibilities. From historic wineries and cellar doors to hatted restaurants, country pubs and farm gates, the Murray River region's list of eateries and boutique producers continues to grow every year. Savour a dinner to remember overlooking the river, visit rustic wineries or start the evening early at a relaxed country pub.
Self-caterers can stock up on regional goodies and choose their own grassy patch on which to picnic down by the riverbank. Prefer to stay on the move? Hit one of the food and wine trails, travelling from town to town, enjoying the best of every region.
Indulge in a huge range of fruit fresh from the fields at streetside stalls and farmers' markets upstream and downstream. Transformed by 19th-century irrigation from a virtual desert into one of the nation's most fertile agricultural areas and blessed with a warm, Mediterranean climate, the Murray is now the centre of Australia's dried fruit industry. It's also the state's largest wine-producing region with over two-thirds of the state's total wine output originating here.
Fresh from the river
Tuck into a plethora of fresh water fish plucked straight from the Murray River. Pop into foodstores and cafes in towns along the river to taste delicious river fare, including yabbies, Murray crays and the famed Murray cod.
Dining options abound in the Murray region. Cruise on a paddle steamer to wineries and restaurants, dine at riverside cafes or in a cosy country pub.
Welcome to Victoria's food bowl. Pick up local fruit, vegetables and gourmet produce at farm gates, markets and cafes throughout the region.
The Goulburn Valley wine region is a huge area stretching from Seymour in central Victoria up to Echuca on the Murray River.
Taste traditional wines, including smooth-drinking shiraz and flavoursome chardonnay, as well as alternative varieties such as nebbiolo and durif.
Spend a few days in and around Rutherglen exploring the 21 cellar doors in close proximity. Sample the iconic fortifieds and a new breed of wines.