Travel just 40 minutes north of Melbourne's busy city centre and discover a region full of renowned vineyards, iconic native wildlife and a rapidly growing foodie scene. Plan out your winery tour over a morning coffee and watch the jumbo jets coming into land at nearby Tullamarine Airport.

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There's more to Sunbury than wine. Take your pick of the expanding line-up of local cafes and eateries on O'Shanassy Street, Sunbury's popular 'eat street'. Dine alfresco on leafy sidewalks and sample the finest local produce paired with local varietals. Local favourites include the Spotted Owl and the Roquette Bar & Grill.

Sunbury wine region

With a reputation that stretches across Australia and abroad, the Sunbury wine region produces a range of exceptional vintages. Stay a while to tour the best of these celebrated producers, meeting the winemakers and visiting cellar doors for tastings. Be sure to sample the famous shiraz and chardonnay at historic Goona Warra Vineyard (1863) and the award-winning Craiglee Vineyard (1864).

The Ashes at Rupertswood

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

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.

Tradition has it that after a social game with the touring English team at Rupertswood, 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.

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.

Uncover more of Sunbury's rich and varied past on a historical tour taking in the old Sunbury Courthouse, the bluestone homestead at Craiglee Vineyard, and what's left of Aitken's Gap Gaol.

Wildlife, racehorses and family fun

Sunbury has plenty to offer families on holiday. See kookaburras, galahs, waterbirds and echidnas at Jackson Creek and Albert Road Nature Reserve, or hit town for fun activities at the Galaxy Land adventure playground, Paintball Sunbury, or the Goonawarra Public Golf Course.

Horseracing fans will jump at the opportunity to see retired Melbourne Cup racehorses at the Living Legends' stables.

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