Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

PAGE 12 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE GLENROWAN Wine, walks and wild colonial boys Being only 14 kilometres from Wangaratta, the historic town of Glenrowan is a drawcard for many travellers. Kellyland Glenrowan in Gladstone Street incorporates a visitor information centre, where you can get free advice on the region's many attractions, as well as tips for local accommodation. And while Glenrowan is best known as the site of Ned Kelly's last stand, it's also part of a region that's famous for wonderful food and wine, serene bushwalks and spectacular scenery. You don't have to drive far from Glenrowan to enjoy historic vineyards, award-winning wines and a growing foodie scene. Considered one of Victoria's most historic wine regions, the first grape vines were planted by Varley Bailey on the rich red granite soil beneath the nearby Warby Ranges way back in 1866. His fortified wines were so successful that he quickly expanded his vineyard, and in the next two decades, created a thriving local and export wine business. Declared as an official wine region in 2003, the area around Glenrowan is now home to more than a dozen growers and seven cellar doors. Shiraz is now the main wine produced in the region, along with renowned fortified wines, including robust muscats and tokays that are considered among Australia's best. The food and beverage experiences in Glenrowan include quaint cafés, a bakery, hotel and providores. When in season, there are a variety of nearby farm gates, and 'pick your own' orchards including kiwi fruit, cherries, peaches, apricots and other stone-fruit varieties. Walk on the wild side The nearby Warby Ovens National Park offers a number of bushwalks, offering a chance to see a wide variety of birds and wildlife, and take-in impressive bushland and mountain views. For the adventurous, a morning hike to the top of Mount Glenrowan will reward early starters with wonderful sunrise views. On the Wangaratta side of Glenrowan, you'll find Fosters Lake, which is ideal for some fun, shore-based, freshwater family fishing (try saying that three times quickly!). The history of grapes in this region dates back to 1866. Photo: Visit Victoria SHOW CREEK SHOW CREEK FIFTEEN MILE CREEK GLENROWAN BOWEYA RD OLD HUME HWY OLD HUME HWY OLD HUME HWY OLD HUME HWY OLD HUME HWY GLEWROWAN RD GLEWROWAN RD GLENROWAN MOYHU RD RIFLE RANGE RD PARK RD RIFLE RANGE RD CHURCH ST SIEGE ST BEACONSFIELD PARADE WOOLSHED RD HILL ST HILL ST KATE ST NED ST DANIEL LN GLADSTONE ST GLENROWAN WINTON RD GLENROWAN WINTON RD EGAN RD EGAN RD EGAN RD PANMURE ST UPPER TAMINICK RD EDWARD ST KELLY ST WINTON & BENALLA TO WANGARATTA TO LAKE MOKOAN QUARRY RESERVE BUSHLAND RESERVE WARBY OVENS NATIONAL PARK glenrowan3675 Welcome to Police Distance from Melbourne: 236 kilometres Population: 350 approx Attractions: Blacksmith Shop & Museum, Siege Site Walk, Tourist Centre Amenities: wide accommodation (hotel, B&B, cottages, tourist park) choices and dining options, wineries Scan here for full detailed map