For the Family
There is so much on offer for families in Rutherglen, Wahgunyah and surrounds.
A place to play: Apex Park in Rutherglen has a well equipped playground and skate park with a small bike circuit for the 'little ones' and adjacent BBQ facilities. Bangerang Park in Corowa has a playground and miniature steam engine operating on holidays.
Fancy a swim? Cool off in the local Rutherglen swimming pool, enjoy a picnic on the shady lawns and brave the diving board! Or try the swimming pool at Corowa, with three different size pool to suit everyone. Stantons Bend and the lagoon at Corowa are also popular spots for families with young children.
Gone fishing! Families are able to hire equipment to go fishing, canoeing - or you can even try catching a few yabbies in the local dams and rivers! Lake King has plenty of Yellow Belly and Redfin to be caught and during the season cast your line for the elusive Murray Cod! Hire a rod and tackle from Bindaree Motel and Caravan Park for only $10 a day - and pick up tips on where the fish are biting.
Try your hand at golf at the Rutherglen Golf Club or maybe have a hit of Tennis at the Rutherglen Tennis Courts - hire available from the Rutherglen Caravan Park.
Step back in time with a visit to the Common School Museum (Mondays, Friday, Saturday 11-3pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm). Children can look at old school desks, chalkboards and everyday items used in the past. Visit the historic port of Wahgunyah - see the collection of historic photographs and walk down to the Mass Tree. And Corowa's Federation Museum (open weekends) is well worth a visit.
Get back to nature: explore local wetlands located at Lake Moodemere and in Corowa at Bridge Rd, on the walking/bike track on Federation Avenue, and in Nixon St. Lake King is home to a variety of native birds and animals, as well as many long-necked tortoises and ducks. They can be enticed quite close to the edge where they can be easily seen. Also walk around and spot all the different sculptures which are nestled amongst the trees. Lake Moodemere is a natural lake formed by a Murray River billabong. A native bird & wildlife sanctuary, there is also an Aboriginal site which contains some magnificent examples of River Red Gum (some up to 4 meters in diameter), and Aboriginal canoe trees.
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park is only 20 minutes from Rutherglen and includes the Yeddonba Aboriginal Heritage site which has rock art of a snake, goanna and Tasmanian tiger. There is also the Woolshed Falls, spring wildflower display and a variety of native birds and animals.
Have you ever heard of Foot Golf? It is a game that all ages can play, instead of using a golf ball and stick you kick a soccer ball around. This is a 9 hole course at the Boorhaman Golf Course, only 25 minutes from Rutherglen.
Our many wineries offer plenty of activities to keep the little ones amused while Mum and Dad enjoy some wine tasting... At Pfeiffer Wines kids can 'pfeed' the turtles from the historic bridge over Sunday Creek from November through to May. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the resident platypus! And there are free BBQ facilities, a kids cubby house for the kids to play in...or why not enjoy a game of boules on the lawn. Juliette the Border Collie welcomes children to Stanton and Killeen Wines, and loves nothing more than a game of soccer! Play 'Seek & Find' at Campbells Wines - with a chocky frog as a reward! Or challenge Mum and Dad to a game of chess (or checkers) at Cofield Wine's giant chess board! Valhalla Wines has lots to amuse the kids with a cubby house and toys in Cellar Door. Kids (and big kids too!) can test their golf swing at Lake Moodemere Vineyards 'Hole in One' Chambers Rosewood Winery offer children a swing and slide plus plenty of space for them to run around and kick a ball Wicked Virgin Olives and Calico Town have an outdoor Bocce area as well as a children's activities table
Rutherglen has many cafes, restaurants, wineries and eateries where kids are welcome ... The Pickled Sisters Cafe offers a children's menu, including the irresistible chocolate torte with ice cream, as well as colouring books, games and toys. Pfeiffer Wines offer picnic hampers (24 hours notice), perfect for families to enjoy on one of their many shaded picnic tables. Cheese platters are available. At Campbells Wines treat the kids to a Gundowring Ice Cream Bambini for $5. Terrace Restaurant at All Saints Estate offers a children’s menu from main courses to delicious desserts. All meals come with a choice of a soft drink or juice. Visit Gooramadda Olives for table olive and oil tasting...and now cordial tastings available. Children will love the taste of gourmet olives and other savoury delights at Wicked Virgin Olives and Calico Town Enjoy a BBQ with the family - in Apex Park (Murray St) and Lions Park (Douglas St), or at one of our wineries. Visit our picnic page for more great local picnic/BBQ spots.