Just 40 minutes north of Melbourne's city centre, the Sunbury region is full of vineyards, native wildlife and a growing foodie scene. Plan a winery tour over a morning coffee and watch the jets coming into land at nearby Melbourne Airport.
Take your pick of local cafes and eateries on O'Shanassy Street, Sunbury's popular 'eat street'. Dine alfresco on leafy sidewalks and sample local produce paired with local varietals. Favourite spots 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. Tour celebrated producers, meet the winemakers and visit 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 historic Rupertswood Mansion and join the international discussion over the 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 London's Lord's.
Sunbury has a rich and varied past. Take a DIY historical tour around the Old Sunbury Courthouse, the bluestone homestead at Craiglee Vineyard, and what's left of Aitken's Gap Gaol. Victoria's oldest homestead, Emu Bottom, was built in 1836 and makes a picturesque location for weddings and events.
Racing fans can visit retired Melbourne Cup racehorses at the Living Legends' stables.
Sunbury has plenty to offer visiting families. See kookaburras, galahs, waterbirds and echidnas at Jackson Creek and Albert Road Nature Reserve/Wuruwurrt Biik, or hit town for fun activities at the Galaxy Land adventure playground, Paintball Sunbury, or the Goonawarra Golf Course.