The Goulburn Valley region is situated in the heart of Victoria centred on the Goulburn River. The region stretches from Shepparton and Kyabram in the north to Kinglake and Marysville in the south, encompassing many regional centres, small rural towns and villages along the way.
There is a wide variety of things to do and see in this region, for lovers of both indoor and outdoor activities – from fine dining and visiting galleries and wineries, to fishing, hiking, mountain climbing and sightseeing.
Getting around the region
Much of the region had its beginnings in the gold rush of the 1850s, and many people in those days traversed the river by paddle steamer. These days, the region is easily accessible by car and rail – with VLine stations at Shepparton and Seymour and at many of the smaller towns in between.
Another option is to cycle, walk or ride horses along the Great Victorian rail trail – a 134km trail which runs alongside many of the historic railway stations and through the towns in the region. This enables you to see the beauty of the countryside first-hand, and stay overnight and dine in some of the historic towns you pass through.
The Goulburn Valley Explorer is also worth considering. This is a steam train daytrip from Melbourne to Shepparton, which stops along the way and provides the option of a winery tour by coach.
A sample of the region’s destinations
Euroa: Picturesque historic gold town made famous (or infamous!) by Ned Kelly, and providing access to the Strathbogie Ranges with creeks and waterfalls. It’s also worth a visit to The Rockery Museum with its displays of gemstones, crystals and minerals.
Alexandra: Historic town at the base of the Great Dividing Range. Alexandra holds a number of events throughout the year including motor racing and a truck and ute show. From here you can also visit the Timber Tramway and Museum with its historic and re-created locomotives. The museum is open to the public every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
Eildon: Great destination for fishing and water activities on the lake, as well as bushwalks, camping, houseboat hire, white water rafting, and a visit to the region’s trout farm.
Kinglake Ranges: This region is only about an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD and is a great place for walks in the national park along the Great Dividing Range, and a visit to the Mt Slide Vineyard on the Healesville-Kinglake Road.
Shepparton: A city with a population of around 30,000 offering a range of activities. These include the Aquamoves aquatic centre, adventure playgrounds, walking and cycling tracks, the Chocolate Apple factory, a variety of local produce and wines, and the Mooving Art exhibition.
Snobs Creek: Small village with an unusual name (to say the least) which comes from a slang word for shoemaker! Visit the Snobs Creek Vineyard on the Goulburn-Valley Highway to sample its offering of award-winning cool-climate wines.
Yarck: Another small town with a unique name, offering tea rooms, historic buildings and local hotel.
A sample of the region’s wineries
One of the best things about the Goulburn Valley is its array of vineyards and wines, made possible by the region’s mild climate and its soil diversity which includes red soils, loams and fertile river flats. Signature grape varieties include Shiraz, Viognier, Grenache, and Marsanne.
Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie: The cellar door at Mitchelton is open seven days a week from 10am till 5pm, while the restaurant’s hours are Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 4pm. The winery produces a variety of wines including Riesling, Chardonnay, Cab Sav, Shiraz and Merlot, and is also strongly committed to sustainability and environmental management. It also boasts a 55 metre-tall tower that provides panoramic views of the area.
Tahbilk at Tabilk (near Nagambie): This is one of the region’s oldest wineries, dating back to the 1860s. This award-winning winery was even exporting its wines to Europe as far back as the 1880s! Tahbilk produces a wide variety of premium wines and is open seven days per week except Christmas Day.
Fyffe Field Wines at Yarrawonga: Small family-owned seven hectare vineyard situated close to the Murray River, producing small parcels of premium wines made possible by a warm climate, reliable summers, and the winery owners’ sustainable practices. Fyffe Field offers free tastings at the mudbrick cellar door.
Whistling Eagle at Colbinabbin: This winery is about 30 minutes’ drive from Heathcote. It produces small batches using traditional methods, with its signature wine being Eagles Blood Shiraz. The winery can only be visited by appointment.
Glen Erin at Lancefield: And don’t forget Glen Erin at Lancefield on your trip around Goulburn Valley wineries. Our restaurant and cellar door offers a delicious menu and boutique wines to match, along with picturesque views of the vineyard and nearby hills. You can also stay with us after your tasting, for a seamless winery experience. We’d love to see you!