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Sunbury

The closest wine region to Melbourne, and gateway to the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region, Sunbury also has a claim to fame as 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. The English team toured Australia shortly after this 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. Emu Bottom now offers tailored tastes of Australia's pioneering history, including music by a bush band and various bush tucker eating experiences.

The town is an ideal starting point for a tour of the celebrated Sunbury Wine Region. Meet the winemaker and taste at the cellar door of the numerous wineries in the region including two historic wineries, Goonawarra (1863) and Craiglee Vineyard (1864).

Sunbury is approximately 40 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, or around 40 minutes by car along the Tullamarine Freeway and the Sunbury Road.

Sunbury: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Animal Land Children's Farm


Animal Land Children's Farm - the ultimate family experience.

What makes Animal Land so popular with families is that you get to actively hold, pat, feed, ride, milk and truly experience what farm life is like.

Your country life experience begins as you get to meet, greet and interact with all your favourite farmyard animals including cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, chooks, ponies, alpacas, donkeys, deer, turkeys, peacocks, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.

You will enjoy non stop entertainment as you participate in all the farms fun filled activities including milking a cow in the dairy, having a hand led pony ride, taking a tractor ride, feeding the animals and nursing the baby animals too.

Collect the eggs from the chooks, feed the ducks on the dam, go ponding, plant a tree and have a go at growing some seedlings. Even try your luck at farm sports such as poopa scooping.

Located just 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, this unrivalled day of family fun is in easy reach.

Animal Land is famous for the sensory experience it offers visitors of all ages and a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some really cute farm animals.




200 Duncans Lane,
Gate 2
Diggers Rest, VIC, 3427

Located 6.1K from Sunbury

Bulla Hill Railway


Bulla Hill Railway, operated by Tullamarine Live Steam Society, is located about eight kilometres from Melbourne Airport and offers scenic miniature train rides.

The railway is situated in a parkland area with picnic tables, children's playground and private picnic area with five picnic shelters, two electric barbecues and a kiosk at the station. There is ample free parking right outside the station building. Wheelchair access to the station and picnic area and a disabled toilet is also available to visitors.

Entry to Bulla Hill Railway is free, although to ride the train there is a small admission price. For more information see the website.

Bulla Hill Railway operates from 12-noon to 4:00pm on the first and third Sunday of each month.

Please note that enclosed footwear must be worn if you wish to ride on the trains.




15 Green Street
Bulla, VIC, 3428

Located 9.1K from Sunbury

Living Legends: The International Home of Rest for Champion Horses


Living Legends is where you can meet and mingle with retired champion racehorses such as Apache Cat, Zipping, Silent Witness and Melbourne Cup winners Might and Power, Brew, Efficient and Rogan Josh.

Located six minutes door to door from Melbourne Airport with free parking, public tours of horses available at 11:00am and 2:00pm daily. An ideal destination for visitors with a Melbourne Airport layover or stop off.

Enjoy Devonshire Tea or coffee in the Woodlands Historic Homestead, smell the roses in the heritage gardens; walk, run, climb or ride your bikes in the surrounding 1,500 acres of bush-land complete with kangaroos and abundant native bird life. Bring a picnic basket, plan a day trip- it's a place where people of all ages can relax and enjoy our legends in beautiful parklands.

Local pick up, tour booking and fully catered formal and informal function packages available year round.

Living Legends is an excellent destination for day trips or corporate functions.

Living Legends is an ideal destinations for all ages- schools, service clubs, and community groups. For more details visit the website.




Woodlands Drive
Greenvale, VIC, 3059

Located 11.9K from Sunbury

Woodlands Historic Park


Woodlands Historic Park provides a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by European settlers in the 1840s. The park has a 150-year old homestead, Indigenous canoe trees, native woodland and grassland. The fenced 'Back Paddock' is a great spot to see kangaroos, birds and other wildlife.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Somerton Rd
Greenvale, VIC, 3059

Located 12.3K from Sunbury

Greenvale Reservoir Park


The grassy slopes of the park are popular with large groups for picnics and games. Trails wind through the park, offering glimpses of native birdlife and views of the water.

The park offers over 53ha for visitors to take in, explore and enjoy. Features include walking paths, large open spaces, picnic facilities and free gas barbecues.

You can enjoy the peaceful surrounds and the tranquil views of the reservoir or simply relax under a tree and enjoy a sunny afternoon. The sound of birds and the breeze through the trees provides a relaxing change to the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.

One of the features of the park is 'Brodies Lakes'. This series of three ponds is ideal for observing birdlife and incorporating other wetland activities.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Somerton Road
Greenvale, VIC, 3059

Located 14.3K from Sunbury

Dromkeen Art Gallery and Tea Room


The Dromkeen Art Gallery is a beautiful colonial homestead at Riddells Creek, Victoria. The Gallery houses a unique collection of original children's illustrations, artwork and manuscripts from Australian children's literature, particularly picture books.

The collection includes not only finished illustrations and artwork, but also preliminary artworks such as sketches, storyboards and dummy books revealing the creative processes behind book production.

The Tea Room provides coffee, tea, a selection of delicious cakes, devonshire tea, toasted sandwiches, specialty pies and weekly specials such as soup and pasta. Breakfast is served all day on Saturday.

Please visit the website for more information.




1012 Kilmore Road
Riddells Creek, VIC, 3431

Located 14.6K from Sunbury

Sunbury: Events

Huskqvarna Motorcycles Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro


The Husqvarna Motorcycles Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro showcases Australia's best off road motorcycle riders. The one day event starts off with riders pushing themselves against the clock for the best starting position for the main event.

Once the main event starts the top 100 riders will battle for three hours on the hardest course Australia has to offer. Spectators get a chance to get up and close to the action all day with riders aiming to takeout their class or the outright win for the PRO class, as well as earn themselves a finishing medal for the day.

With many displays from the event sponsors you can experience the best part of off-road motorcycling and it is only 15 minutes from the Melbourne Airport.

Once at the event spectators have the option to take a shuttle bus from the man made prologue course to the heart of the natural terrain filled with rocks that the riders will endure throughout the three hours.

For further information, visit the website.


Event Dates
2016
      6th Nov


227 Feehans Road,
Exhibition
Wildwood, VIC, 3429

Located 7.7K from Sunbury

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at CountryPlace Hotel


Fabulous weekend Get-Away. Dinner, Show, Bed and Breakfast. The fun starts as the audience waits to be seated and then hurtles along for two hours of fully immersive, highly improvised comedy theatre. Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up some madcap mayhem and a three-course meal with the audience playing the part of their restaurant diners.

Chaos in the dining room. Enter the world of the snobbish, manic Basil, his domineering wife Sybil and their hopelessly language-challenged waiter, Manuel.

Be one of the steady stream of bemused guests trying to make Manuel understand what it is you want. Ask for an ice bucket and you may just be presented with a nice bucket. A simple procedure like opening a bottle of wine can become a huge drama, and maybe during all this you might get some service, Faulty style of course.


Event Dates
2016
      10th Sep
      11th Sep
      19th Nov
      20th Nov
      17th Dec
      18th Dec


180 Olinda Creek Road
Kalorama, VIC, 3766

Located 12.7K from Sunbury

Commonground Festival


Commonground Festival is about working together to make the world a better place and having one heck of a good time along the way. On 95 acres of rejuvenated bushland one hour north of Melbourne.

Featuring: Frank Yamma /?Dallas Frasca / Emily Wurrumara / The Deans / Sugar Fed Leopards / The Seven Ups / 8 Foot Felix / Deep Street Soul / Quantum Milkshake + more to be announced.

Complimenting the music makers on the stage will be top quality workshops, delicious food and a beautiful sense of connection.


Event Dates
2016
      18th Nov
      19th Nov
      20th Nov


Puckapunyal, VIC, 3661

Located 13.0K from Sunbury

Kokoda Challenge Melbourne


Teams of two,three or four people trek either 15km or 30km through the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges of Victoria.

Two School Challenges are available and are both named after Kokoda legends: The 15km Peter Holloway Cup and the 30km Alan Kanga Moore Cup. Will your team be one to leave with this prestigious trophy.

Starting in the valley at Ferntree Gully National Park, the route encompasses the Kokoda Memorial Walk and tests your stamina on the 1000 steps. You will find that the continuing ascents are not without reward. When reaching the summit you will take in breathtaking views of Melbourne City and the Silvan Reservoir.

The Kokoda Challenge Melbourne is the main fundraiser for the Melbourne branch of The Kokoda Youth Foundation's On the Right Track Youth Program.


Event Dates
2016
      23rd Oct


Ferntree Gully Picnic Grounds
Ferntree Gully, VIC, 4214

Located 13.1K from Sunbury

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