Plenty of history and things to see
JUST over two hours’ drive from Melbourne, and 15 minutes by car from Wangaratta, Glenrowan is perhaps most famous as the site of the famous 1880 siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang in 1880.
The siege, which took place in late June, 1880, saw the gang take a number of hostages in the Glenrowan Inn, and ended with the death of three gang members and ultimately, the capture of Ned Kelly who was then tried, convicted of murder and hanged on November 11, 1880 at the Old Melbourne Gaol.
Many attractions around the town bring together various aspects of Kelly history, or have books and other paraphernalia on the subject, making it easy for tourists and locals alike to learn more about one of the most larger than life characters in Australian history.
But as well as its historical connections, Glenrowan is also well known for the variety of food and refreshment options, historic wineries and stunning bushland surrounds.
The Glenrowan wine region has a long and rich winemaking history, as 130 years of winemaking has established the region’s reputation for full-bodied reds, fragrant whites and fortifieds, and the region’s cellar doors are cosy and welcoming to wine lovers.
The region’s cellar doors are intimate and welcoming, many offering casual fare on weekends featuring local produce and delicacies.
There are also several fruit orchards and growers in the area producing various delicious fruit varieties.