Set the mood on the Lake Moodemere Walk
Lake Moodemere Trail & Lake Moodemere Estate Masterclass
12kms (unsealed roads/bush tracks)
Views of the Murray River
Swimming, birdwatching, picnics
Cellar doors, wine tastings
Spend the day exploring this beautiful area, walking the 12km trail around the huge natural billabong - an offshoot of the mighty Murray River - with its rich indigenous history, majestic red gums, abundant bird life, lovely picnic places and, in between, cosy cellar doors offering fine wines and luscious fortifieds to taste and take home.
It’s a peaceful place for a leisurely walk, a family picnic, a spot of twitching or to photograph the natural environment. In summer the lake is perfect for a cooling dip in the designated swimming area or to launch a rowboat or canoe from its shores.
Lake Moodemere is home Australia’s longest running rowing regatta, held annually since 1863 when it included the ‘Canoe Race’ in which indigenous competitors raced in bark canoes. In 1864 it was reported that during the regatta there were many campfires and canoes around Lake Moodemere, and boomerang throwing for spectators. These days more than 600 rowers from around Australia and overseas compete in this iconic event.
From the viewing platform in the picnic area at the start of the trail, the billabong, with its sparkling water, reed-covered islands sheltering waterbirds of all kinds and towering eucalypts beyond, the scene seems ageless.
The Lake Moodemere Trail takes in Pfeiffer Wines, where award-winning young winemaker Jen Pfeiffer, with father Chris, craft a host of elegant red and white wines as well as internationally renowned Muscats and Topaques.
Call into Pfeiffer’s 120 year old cellar door, originally a brandy distillery built on a sweeping bend of the Murray tributary, Sunday Creek, to taste their range. There’s a beautiful historic bridge over the creek here set with tables for visitors to linger over a picnic lunch, a bottle of the winery’s finest and the chance to spot local native terrapins or one of the creek’s shy resident platypus.
A walk around the Lake Moodemere Trail wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the prettiest wineries of the region, Lake Moodemere Estate.
Hugging the shores of the billabong, this is home to seventh generation winemaking family, the Chambers, who make the most of their Estate’s ‘magical terroir’ with its fertile earth, abundant sunshine and Winter frosts, producing fat Spring lambs and grapes crafted into lip-smacking wines and truly outstanding fortifieds.
The Chambers family, Michael (sixth generation winemaker), his wife Belinda and their son, Joel offer a warm welcome to visitors at their historic cellar door and restaurant, where sustainably-produced Estate grown lamb and the fruits of their century-old citrus grove, feature on the menu. Warm-up on a Winter’s day in front of the blazing open fire and be guided by these expert makers on a tasting journey of the Estate-grown wines.
After a long, leisurely day on the trail, head for home, fortified by fresh air, enriched by the area's fascinating winemaking history and its connection to indigenous culture as well as nourished by growers and makers whose experience spans generations.
- Climb the viewing deck to snap the scene from above
- Spot a black swan cruising by
- Long-necked terrapins under the bridge at Pfeiffer’s
- Taste the range at Lake Moodemere Estate
- Meet the friendly Estate canines
Masterclasses at Lake Moodemere Estate - Rutherglen
Don't miss these special events showcasing our fabulous Estate Grown Produce, guided by sixth and seventh generation wine and lamb producers, Michael and Joel Chambers, with Executive Chef, Jarrod Smith, and featuring a special appearance by Lead Working Dog, Scout!
FORAGE & FEAST
- Tour the Estate with sixth & seventh gen lamb producers & winemakers
- Forage for wild ingredients with chef, Jarrod Smith
- Join a cooking masterclass featuring Estate-grown lamb, 3-course lunch with matched Moodemere Estate wines, $165pp
FIRE & FEAST - ESTATE Tour & campfire breakfast
- Free Range Moodemere Eggs with Foraged Greens, Wattle Seed Damper with Moodemere Honey, and House Smoked Bacon.