Destination Rutherglen and Federation Council are proud to be working in partnership to deliver this exciting new event on 25th & 26th August 2018

Rug up and enjoy warm hospitality with amazing stories amongst inspiring architecture.

Explore and celebrate the rich history and beautiful buildings at many sites around the region.

For more information contact Rutherglen Visitor Information Centre 1800 622 871 or [email protected]


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A Rutherglen Corowa Unlocked Program
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The Convent Rutherglen - Launch with Architects' Briefing

The Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event weekend will kick off at The Convent Rutherglen on Saturday 25 August, 9.30-10.30am. Join heritage architects, Wendy Jacobs and Deborah Kemp as they share their passion for functional heritage architecture and finish off with a tour of the property.

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The Convent will be open for viewing after the NOW FULLY BOOKED architects’ briefing, from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 25th August and from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 26th August. Please attend at your leisure with no requirement to book.

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Pfeiffer Wines

Join Robyn Pfeiffer on a tour of the Pfeiffer Wines property as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. This part of Wahgunyah was the French Quarter and Monsieur Gassies built the oldest part of the Winery. Learn about the oldest part of the winery being the cellar door, see the amazing structure that is Sunday Creek Bridge and hear about winemaking processes. Tours will depart on both Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.

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Corowa Whiskey Factory

Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory

The Corowa Flour Mill was built in 1920-1921 and operated until 1969 exporting flour all over the world. The site was sold to the owners of the Junee Liquorice Factory for the sum of $1.00. The Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory is a premier tourism attraction in the region and is offering guided tours as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. Take part in a guided tour of the Whisky Distillery and see firsthand the process that goes into making the unique Aussie double stilled single malt Whisky ahead of the first release on 1 September 2018. Guided tours will commence at 11.30am & 2.30pm on the Saturday 26 and Sunday 26 August.

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Lego Chocolate Factory

Regional Design Service

The young and young at heart are invited to join with Phillip and Aaron from Regional Design Service at the Oddfellows Hall on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August from 10am - 4pm as they explore architecture with this hands on workshop. Use Lego to recreate existing buildings and design your own architectural masterpiece as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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CWA opening ceremony

Corowa Country Women’s Association

Come along and celebrate the Country Women’s Association Corowa 90th anniversary as they open their doors to all during the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. Come along and see how the Country Women’s Association supports local communities and explore the history of the Corowa branch. Whilst you are there enjoy a Devonshire Tea which includes world famous CWA scones accompanied by fresh cream and jam.

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Morris Wines

Learn about the history and processes involved in winemaking at Morris Wines. Located within the heart of the winery, the atrium style Cellar Door was designed by legendary Australian architect; Robin Boyd and constructed in 1972. Morris Wines is offering tours on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. Whilst at the winery, why not drop into cellar door and sample some flavoursome dry reds and fortified wines.

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Ag Society Rutherglen

Agriculture Victoria - Rutherglen

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Agriculture Victoria, site at Rutherglen has two heritage listed buildings which will be open as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. The wine cellar and engine house, and the laboratory/dormitory building were built between 1895 and 1900. The site was established as a Viticultural College in 1896 to train the sons of local vignerons. Join a tour at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on Saturday 25 August and uncover the interesting facts about this site.

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Clendon House Corowa

Clendon House

Clendon House was built in 1898 by Dr Shortt on what was known as Deniliquin Road but now known as Federation Ave, Corowa. This stunning home has 8 rooms, a sweeping veranda with a large noble porch, wide hallways, Italian Marble fireplaces, 13.6ft ceilings and of course its most intriguing feature - it’s turret on top. Join the current owners, the Moore family on a guided tour as part of the Rutherglen Corowa Unlocked event on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.

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Olives Hills

Olive Hills

The magnificent homestead Olive Hills, which sits on 480 acres (148 hectares) in the beautiful Rutherglen region of North East Victoria, was originally built for Hugh Frazer, a Scottish baker, in 1886. An original Scotch bakers oven still has pride of place in the kitchen, a reminder of how a man once made a living more than 100 years ago. The property will be open for tours as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event departing Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August. Note: a small booking fee is required to secure a tour booking which will be refunded after the tour.

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The Hermitage

Come and see and hear the stories of The Hermitage, a Victorian Heritage Listed Colonial Homestead as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. Built by David Reid in about 1856, Reid had a significant pastoral licence after the area was opened up following Hume and Hovell's 1824 expedition.

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Mount Ophir Estate

Mount Ophir Estate, a unique and exclusive property in the rural district of Rutherglen in northern Victoria, Australia. Boasting 360-degree views of the surrounding area, including the Murray River Basin and the Snowy Mountains to the east. Mount Ophir Estate is currently operating as an exclusive site for private events, including weddings, corporate getaways, and unique, luxury accommodation. Join a tour as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event to uncover this spectacular property.

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Rutherglen Estates - Winery

Step behind the scenes and visit one of Rutherglen’s largest wineries Rutherglen Estates. Meet a winemaker and take a tour to experience first-hand the winemaking process as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. Discover how the process works from crushing the grapes, through to fermentation and discover the differences between making red, white and fortified wines. Tours are available on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.

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Circa 1936

Circa 1936 is a boutique accommodation, day spa and café situated in Corowa and is offering guided tours of the iconic building as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. The building was formerly the Rural Bank of NSW, while the bank vault no longer protects the riches that were reaped from the sheep and wheat harvests, CIRCA 1936 does uphold and protect the rich and vibrant story of almost a century in the life of a typical Australian rural town and the stunning architectural features of its heritage building. Tours are available on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.

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Rutherglen Gold Battery

The Rutherglen Gold Battery was erected in 1908 and its purpose was to crush quartz to extract gold. It consists of a Five Head Battery, Wilfrey Table, Bergin Pan, portable steam engine and shed. See the unusual occurrence of the battery in action with members of the Historical Society as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event.

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Rutherglen Estates Art Gallery

Visit Rutherglen’s latest world class cultural attraction and view aboriginal artwork from some of Australia’s most well-known artists at the Rutherglen Estates Art Gallery. Join art owner, Hans Sip, for an in- depth look at the latest exhibition as part of the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked event. Hans will be on site at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August so book you place now. Whilst at Rutherglen Estates drop by the cellar door or grab a bite to eat at Tuileries Café located on site.

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Royal Hotel Corowa

Royal Hotel

Built in 1860, the Royal Hotel has been thoughtfully renovated to its former glory. Take a step back in time and hear some of the unique stories that have made this Hotel a favourite with everyone that visits. Tours will commence at 11am, 1pm and 4pm on both Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.

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Rutherglen Main Street in the early 1900's

Historic tours Rutherglen and Corowa

Historic tours will take place in Corowa and Rutherglen. Corowa tours will leave from Oddfellows Hall and finish at the Federation Museum which is open 10am – 4pm on both days of the weekend. A tour of the John Foord bridge will take place where interested people can meet at the Rowers Park.
The Rutherglen tours will leave from the Rutherglen Wine Experience and the Common School Museum will be open from 9am – 4pm over the weekend.

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Oddfellows Hall

The Corowa Visitor Information Centre will be located at Oddfellows Hall over this weekend for visitors to drop in, collect the Rutherglen & Corowa Unlocked program and learn more about what the region has to offer. Opening hours will be 10am – 4pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August

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