Great Victorian Bike Ride
What to do on your rest day
Eat, drink, relax. That's the aim of the Rutherglen rest day for participants in Great Victorian Bike Ride.
Upon arrival, take a load off, deliver your washing and have it returned to you by lunchtime the next day fully laundered (every bike rider's dream!) Book here.
For a sugar hit, then thanks to the Rutherglen Kindergarten Cake Stall icypoles and cakes will be nearby.
Once you're set up, take a short walk from the campsite to Apex Park for Rutherglen's famous Grape Stomp. Feel the grapes squash and pop between your toes as you trample last year's local vintage! Starting 5.30pm.
The following day, wake up to a hearty all day cooked breakfast from Lions and Rotary and hop on The Winemakers of Rutherglen courtesy shuttle bus. The bus will follow three routes around the world famous wineries from 10am - 4pm, leaving every hour from the Rest Area and the Rutherglen Wine Experience. For a winery event listing click here.
Bookings are not essential, but to ensure you get a table at the following wineries, please pre-book through the below links:
Jones Winery and Café - a delicious French inspired menu
Bookings are not essential but the following wineries have booking options available -
Cofields Winery - A masterclass, food and so much more!
Bullers Winery - Muscat masterclass and food vans
If getting active is more your style why not try the local swimming pool, GIANT inflatable waterslide in Apex Park and barefoot bowling at the Rutherglen Bowling Club from 11am ($5 green fees and bar onsite), tennis at the Rutherglen Tennis Club, ($20 per court/hour) or from 5pm relax and watch U12's cricket at the footy oval, Barkly Park (with BBQ and bar).
For a stunning canoeing trip of the Murray River finishing at St Leonards winery we'd love to have you along (booking essential, click here.) After working up an appetite, be sure to wander down Main Street to fill your tummy and grab emergency supplies.
Landcare are offering bus tours, including a visit to a brolga breeding site and a short walk in a River Redgum forest at Lake Moodemere and more. Ring the Rutherglen Wine Experience to book on 1800 622 871, times are 10am and 2pm picking up from campsite. Be quick, as there will be a max of 20 passengers per tour with a cost of $10 per adult and $5 per person under 18 years.
For any history buffs Rutherglen won't disappoint. The Common School Museum will be open from 10am - 4pm for just a $2 entry. Or see the Gold Battery in action at 11am, 12pm or 1pm which is a short cycle from the campsite.
For a chill out day, head to the Rutherglen Convent for a massage, relaxing yoga sessions and while you are there refuel your body with a tradional Devonshire Tea and Convent tour. There will also be games to play, music to listen to and comfy chairs to lounge on. Pre-booking advisable.
The Rutherglen Bakery and the Eastern Palace Chinese Restaurant in the Main St has yummy lunch and dinner options especially for you.
Tuileries will have music and snacks in the courtyard from 3pm to 9pm on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November. Or treat yourself to a two course lunch at the Café or Restaurant. The Restaurant will also have two or three course dinner options, all at the one convenient location.
Bookings can be made here.
Or just a short cycle will take you to the Wicked Virgin where you can have all day scones or a sunset platter until 9.30pm.
There are always our prominent pubs in town for entertainment and beer!
Nearby townships of Corowa and Wahgunyah
Just 12.8km down the road you will find the townships of Wahgunyah and Corowa. Pick up a copy of the Corowa History Trail from the Corowa Visitor Information Centre or lounge by the banks of the Murray in the beautiful Corowa lagoon. www.visitcorowaregion.com.au
In the heart of Corowa you will find the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory and the Corowa Distillery Co. Stop by for lunch in their cafe or courtyard and top it off with a chocolate tasting, freckle making, and a whisky sample. www.corowadistilling.com.au
Pre book a massage at the luxurious Asian inspired Circa Day Spa, and be pampers by their therapists. Choose from a range of options perfect for your rest day including vino-therapy with wine baths, wraps scrubs, massage and facials. www.bycirca.com
We will guide you through the rest day from the information hub at the campsite and we can't wait to see you in Rutherglen!
For any questions about the rest day in Rutherglen please ring Alexandra Campbell at the Rutherglen Wine Experience on 1800 622 871.