Plenty of his­tory and things to see

North East Tourist News - - GLENROWAN -

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.

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