Sunbury is renowned as one of Victoria’s oldest wine regions, dating back to the 1860s when Australian politician, James Johnson, planted the first vines at Craiglee. Nowadays, Craiglee is still producing award-winning wine.
Just down the road, the historic Goona Warra vineyard leverages Sunbury’s unique microclimate to product elegant cool climate wines.
Sunbury has a rapidly growing foodie scene.
Take a walk down Sunbury’s O’Shanassy Street and you’ll be greeted by an abundance of restaurants and cafes. Here you’ll find anything from fine-dining to burgers, Asian fusion and everyone’s favourite, fish and chips. Dine alfresco on the tree-lined street and indulge in some of the best produce the region has to offer.
Less than 15 minutes away from Sunbury is the Organ Pipes National Park, named for its natural features that resemble a cathedral organ. The 70 metre basalt columns are an impressive geologic formation that was formed approximately one million years ago after Mount Holden erupted.
The perfect spot for a nature walk and a picnic – it’s not often you can park your car on top of an old volcano!
Fondly known as the birthplace of The Ashes, Rupertswood Mansion is a significant piece of Australian history. In the summer of 1882-83, the estate hosted the English Cricket Team who won the Test match series against Australia. The bails were then burnt, and Lady Janet Clarke awarded English captain, Ivo Bligh, the ashes to commemorate the victory.
Upon his death, Bligh’s widow gave them to the Marylebone Cricket Club, and today the ashes remain in the MCC Museum at Lord’s.
To this day, The Ashes remains one of the most hotly contested trophies in global sport.
Sunbury isn’t short on green spaces. Wander along Jacksons Creek or go for a dip at The Nook swimming hole.
There is even an 18-hole championship course at local Goonawarra Golf Club. Everley is honouring Sunbury’s pristine landscape by working green spaces and community parks throughout the new estate.
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