Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 9 RUTHERGLEN A town of surprising history and highlights Named after the Scottish town of Rutherglen which lies just outside Glasgow, Victoria’s Rutherglen has become famous in recent times as one of Australia’s premium wine regions. Rutherglen also has arts and gift shops, awesome lolly and gelato shops, famous Parker pies, bakeries and a whole lot more. The Big Wine Bottle Australia is known for its love of big monuments, from the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, to the Big Prawn in Ballina. But Rutherglen also has one to add to the list, the Big Wine Bottle! Standing 36 metres tall, and located only a 15-minute walk from Main Street, the Big Wine Bottle is a fitting monument to the success of the local wine industry, and a fun place to get a photo. Discover history Rutherglen has a rich history. Originally settled by squatters in 1836, the discovery of gold in nearby Chiltern some 20 years later caused great excitement, and by 1861 the population had swelled to 20,000. One way to find out more about the town’s history is to take an informative 90-minute guided tour, run by members of the local historical society. If you’d rather go at your own pace, just pick up a self-guided historical walking tour brochure from the Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre at 57 Main Street. The Centre is itself an historical architectural highlight. Built in 1862 as a drapery, it is a great place to start your exploration of Rutherglen. Here local volunteer staff can advise on what to see and do in the area, and you will also find an array of local produce, wine and souvenirs. The Star Hotel-Motel Rutherglen Established in 1860, The Star Hotel is both a local historical icon and a wonderful place to stay and dine. Now known as The Star HotelMotel Rutherglen, it is located on top of a hill in the centre of town, close to a supermarket, and an array of shops and services. With six affordable and comfortable motel units, The Star Hotel-Motel Rutherglen is an ideal ‘home base’ for exploring the region, which also includes fascinating towns like Beechworth and King Valley. Delicious Chinese restaurant The Star Hotel-Motel has a locally-famous Chinese restaurant called Eastern Palace. Chefs Ang and Oi – affectionately known to the locals as Billy and Lisa – have operated the restaurant for over 26 years and are much loved by the locals and returning visitors. The restaurant offers a full Chinese menu, banquet-style meals, and a la carte, as well as traditional ‘pub grub’ favourites and a very affordable children’s menu. Everything at Eastern Palace is cooked to order, so gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary requirements can easily be accommodated. Take-away meals are also available. Classic country pub The hotel has everything you’d expect from a modern-day country pub, including two separate bars, large screens to cater for sports enthusiasts or those looking to “have a punt on the horses”, a popular undercover beer garden, a pool table, juke box, amusement machines, and indoor air-conditioning to keep everyone cool during the warmer months. It also has two event function rooms, free parking and a well-stocked drive-through bottle shop. The Star Hotel-Motel Rutherglen is located at 105 Main Street. Rutherglen. To find out more, call (02) 6032 9625 or visit Pictured clockwise from top: The delightful 1860 facade of The Star Hotel-Motel Rutherglen. The Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre. The Big Wine Bottle. THE STAR HOTEL-MOTEL RUTHERGLEN • 6 affordable, comfortable rooms • Chinese Restaurant & traditional pub food • Hire rooms for functions - Large & small groups Open 7 days from 11am 105 Main St Rutherglen VIC 3685 Pub: (02) 6032 9625 Restaurant: (02) 6032 9522 Eat, drink & explore at