Rutherglen Travel Guide

  • St. Stephen's church
    St. Stephen's church
    by balhannah
  • St. Stephen's church
    St. Stephen's church
    by balhannah
  • Rutherglen
    by balhannah

Rutherglen Things to Do


    I was so happy that we drove around Rutherglen! I love old homes and the different styles of architecture they are built in.Rutherglen would have one of the largest collections of homes built in different architectural styles. Most of these houses have been well looked after and look wonderful. If you like this type of thing, then make sure you...

  • # 16 Rutherglen Heritage walking trail

    I am at my last stop on the Heritage walking trail. This is the Catholic area where Mount Carmel Convent, St. Mary's church and primary school are located.The foundation stone for the convent was laid in 1927 and the convent opened, with ten Presentation Sisters in residence in 1928. Extensions were made in 1956, then in 1973 the Boarding...

  • # 15 Rutherglen Heritage walking tour

    I am getting near the end of the Heritage trailThere are so many interesting buildings that it is hard to list them all. I took many photos of interesting buildings, of which many aren't listed on the walking trail.A few others mentioned on the trail is the cement rendered Victorian Italianate style building that was built and used as a Menswear...

  • # 14 Rutherglen Heritage walking tour

    I'm in the main street and looking at the original façade still there on the Sun Newspaper building. The Sun Newspaper was founded in February 1885 and closed in December of that same year only to be purchased by Thomas Drenen a year later in 1886. He starting printing papers naming then instead as The Rutherglen Sun and Chiltern Valley Advertiser....

  • # 12 Rutherglen Heritage Walking Trail

    As we drove into Rutherglen we passed by the Rutherglen Estate Winery. It looked quite new so I was surprised to find it on my heritage walk. The building was a winery in 1886 for Hamilton’s Clydeside Cellars, then was purchased by Oscar Seppelt in 1915 and extended in 1946. The palm trees were planted as these link all Seppelt wineries found in...

  • # 11 Rutherglen Heritage Walking Trail

    In the Memorial park are many types of Guns, an old canon and a Tank.One is the WWII Memorial Gun, a 25PD WWII Vintage gun. I noticed the Cannon has the date of 1843, and a Leopard Tank.Next to the Memorial park is the Rutherglen Caravan Park and Lake KingLake King. It is here you can do a scenic walk around the lake and look for the many water...

  • # 13 Rutherglen Heritage Walking Trail

    I am back in the main street and viewing the Victoria Architecture of the once Cumberland Hotel. Built in 1895 to replace the original hotel erected in 1861. Evidently, the convex roof is unusual for its time. There is a entrance for coaches on the LH side of the building, typical of the era.148 -152 Main street, Rutherglen.I have come across...

  • # 10 Rutherglen Heritage Walking trail

    I am now at the Rutherglen Memorial Gardens. These well kept gardens is where many well established trees provide shade on those hot days. Plenty of garden seats are situated along the pathways.The Memorial Park began with a WWI grey granite obelisk originally erected by public subscription to commemorate 116 soldiers from the district who paid the...

  • # 9 Rutherglen Heritage Walking trail

    The Rutherglen Memorial Hall is from 1927, built to replace the original town hall. It was built to honour those of the Great War. Recruiting for men to serve in WWI began in 1915 resulting in a total of 491 men from this district serving in WW I. The ladies of the town knitted and rolled bandages and the men formed a Male Workers’ Guild, making...

  • # 7 Rutherglen Heritage Walking trail

    In High are some other old buildings. One that looked a picture, was the Masonic Lodge, a fineexample of Victorian Italianate architecture. This dates to 1902.157 High Street, RutherglenThe Rutherglen Court House is another attractive building in High street. It was on the market in 2014 and sold for $275,000!Up until 1864, Rutherglen never had a...

  • # 8 Rutherglen Heritage Walking trail

    I'm in HIgh street and at my next point of interest, St. Stephen's church and Rectory, the lovely large house next to the Church from 1912.In January 1864 a Government grant was giving to help with building the Church. The locals begain fundraising and by 1865, the Church was built and consecrated in 1887.The exterior has a metal steeple that...

  • # 6 Rutherglen Heritage Walking trail

    After looking at the Post Office, the Heritage Walking trail took a turn left into High Street where the next point of interest was not a building, but a giant Moreton Bay fig tree on the next corner.This enormous Moreton Bay Fig tree was planted in 1877 and is now a massive 23 metres!Free public toilets are in the park where the Fig tree is.Still...

  • # 5 Rutherglen Heritage walking trail

    At no 83 Main road and opposite the Victoria Hotel is the rather plain and ugly Rutherglen PostOffice. Another Post Office was built on the site in 1863 and used till 1910 when this one was built.Two rooms are from the original Post Office which housed theRutherglen Telephone Exchange and the Victorian Customs & Excise Department.The Post Office is...

  • # 4 Rutherglen Heritage Walking Trail

    Across Main Street from the ANZ Bank is a double-storey building from 1860, the first two-storied building in Rutherglen. Found in the building's ceiling were many old glass photographic negatives which are now on display in the Historical Museum. On the same side at 84 Main Street, is a Victorian shop, once a photographic studio. Look for the...

  • # 3 Rutherglen Heritage Walking Trail

    At 70 Main street, is the original site of the Crown Hotel. In 1861, there were 21 Hotels in Rutherglen! The new building on this site was built in 1906 as a Doctor’s Surgery and residence for Dr H Bush. It remained being used as this until 1983. Check out the pressed metal verandah sides as these are a very unusual feature and were probably...

  • # 2 Rutherglen Heritage Walking Trail

    At the Information centre, I cross over at the roundabout to the left hand (south) side of Main Street to begin my historic walk. I pass by a vacant lot with a red & white tiled entrance??? This is where the Red Boot shop was located, a footwear store dated to the 1860's that was demolished some time after WWII. A storm passed through Rutherglen in...


    With the Heritage Walking trail brochure in hand, it is time to begin the walk. We begin at no. 1 which is the Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre. I could see this was an old building as it had the date 1893 on the parapet. On reading my brochure, I found this building was constructed in 1862 as a drapery and general store....


    Rutherglen is one of Victoria’s ultimate wine and food destinations, boasting over 20 award-winning wineries.The place to visit first, is the RUTHERGLEN WINE EXPERIENCE at the Visitor Information Centre.This centre is really interesting even if your Beer drinker!The centre tells the history of the Rutherglen Wine region which goes back to the late...


    First stop as usual for me, was the Visitor Information Centre located one end of the main street. Full time and volunteer staff man the centre and are both friendly and knowledgeable.I thought this was an excellent Visitor centre!There was free WiFi which you can use on your own tablet etc, or if you don’t have any of these, a touch screen can be...

  • Fortified Wines Tour

    If you like torquay and muscats, you'll enjoy this quant little town...Buller & Sons, and Chambers are 2 of our won't believe the prices...and the tastes are some of the best in the world...there are a couple of tour companies in town b/c australia is strict about drinking and driving....even if you're riding your

  • Quality Wines Across the Board

    Campbells Wines of Rutherglen have been producing top quality table and fortified wines in Rutherglen since 1870. They have an excellent range of both of the abovementioned with their best quality stickies being the "Merchant Prince" Muscat & the "Isobella" Tokay. I bought one of the Merchant Prince Muscats packaged in a wododen box quite some...


Rutherglen Hotels

  • Wine Village Motor Inn

    217 Main Street, Rutherglen, 3685, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Motel Woongarra

    Corner Main and Drummond Streets, Rutherglen, 3685, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Tuileries

    13-35 Drummond Street, PO Box 82, Rutherglen, 3685, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Rutherglen Restaurants


    It was lunch time and where to eat? We happened to be near the Rutherglen Bakery and noticed quite a few people going into the Bakery, mmm, that looked like a good sign to us!Inside we noticed table and chairs so decided we would eat here. The staff were friendly and ready to serve, only we couldn't make up our minds, the choice was too great!...

  • Lunch on local produce and sip sparkling...

    Pickled Sisters at Cofield Wines won my heart and stomach during our recent visit. We ate lunch on the terrace during the winery visit and dined more substantially at the Rutherglen Wine Show presentation dinner which was catered by Pickled Sisters & was as good as any five course meal for 150 guests that we have experienced. The menu at Corfield...

  • Wine and Beer with Local products

    Local boy (born across the road) Michael Murtagh has put his heart and sole into Vintara having done a lot of the building construction as well as tending the vineyards. He has employed a top chef, Gavin Swalwell, to run the kitchen. In my book, a wonderful choice if the quality of fare presented to our group at lunch is any indicator. The lunch...


Rutherglen Shopping


    The Rutherglen Lolly Shop has an interesting array of lollies that were around in the olden days.Home-made fudge, licorice blocks, raspberry drops, barley sugar, jelly beans, old fashioned soft drinks and much more can be found in the shop.Castlemaine Rock, a lolly I can remember eating as a child was for sale and can be bought direct from the...


    As I walked the main street of Rutherglen I was amazed by the variety of shops this small town had to offer.I always enjoy an Antique shop and there were three, not only were the items old, but the building itself was antique!I also was happy to find a bookshop as I do a lot of reading on holidays and usually run out of books. Tapsell's Books sold...

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Rutherglen Off The Beaten Path

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    by balhannah Written Sep 17, 2015

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    Signposted driving tours are the way to go to see the best on offer in a town and surrounding area.
    Of course you need a car or bicycle to follow the brown tourist signs.
    We always look for these and follow the route.
    At Rutherglen there is quite a choice of routes to follow.

    We did the route around Rutherglen.

    Others are
    Which takes you to 17 Wineries and 2 ruins. More information and brochures for this winery drive tour can be obtained at the local Tourist Information Centres.

    This tour starts at Bottle Shaped Water Tower at Hopetown Road, and finishes at the Racecourse, a drive of approx. 60kms.

    More information on the Gold Mines and mining in the area can be obtained from the Rose Of Sharon Gold Mine & Museum.

    Rutherglen tourist drive Winery tourist drive map Town Drive Tourist map
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    • Road Trip
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    • Cycling

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