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48 Hours in Murrumbateman

Ashleigh Went

It’s hard to believe that the perfect weekend escape lies just a 40-minute drive from Canberra.

Murrumbateman and the surrounding Yass Valley is the ultimate food and wine getaway. Well known for its cool climate wines, it’s a region that’s ripe with fresh produce, local artisans crafting everything from cured meats to jams and preserves, and of course, an abundance of options when it comes to cafes and restaurants.

We curate the perfect mini break.


Any time from 2pm

Not too long ago, you’d have been hard pressed to find accommodation in the Canberra wine region. Much to our delight, that’s recently changed with the opening of the four-star, 50-room Abode Murrumbateman.

Step into the country-chic foyer and check in. En route to your room, be sure to check out The Pantry, where cellar door meets provedore. Select a bottle of local wine and craft your own grazing board from the selection of artisanal products like cured meats, crackers, chutneys and more.

Up for something a bit heartier? Abode guests can enjoy full access to the kitchen to craft your own dinner—without the washing up.

Enjoy the fruit of your labour in the dining room or enjoy from the comfort of your king bed, glass of wine in hand, while watching one of the movies on offer.



Enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your room or venture to The Pantry for a serious spread: think fresh pastries, made-to-order pancakes, and classics like cereal and toast. Caffeinds rejoice: the ever-helpful staff are on hand to make you a fresh espresso coffee.


Farm-fresh produce is literally a stroll across the road. Speak with local makers and sample the incredible produce on offer including wines, beer, fruit, vegetables, plants, cured meats and plenty more. The Murrumbateman Village Markets are on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, but if you happen to visit on an ‘off’ week, it’s only a short drive to the Yass Community Markets, which are held on the first and third Saturday.

Mead by Wins Creek. Photo by Tim Bean Photography


A short walk will take you to Win’s Creek Meadery. As well as producing honey, they also produce a number of different types of mead (honey wine) which is available for tastings. Afterwards, browse the gift shop for ceramics, stained glass, handmade quilts, potters and beeswax candles.


Return to Abode to collect a couple of their very chic bicycles. Speak to the reception staff who will supply you with your very own cycling map, outlining the routes to some of the 13 neighbouring wineries.

A 17-minute scenic cycle will take you to Four Winds Vineyard. Your first stop should be the bar, where the staff will talk you through eight of their wines. Once you’ve picked your favourite, order a glass (or bottle), select a few items from the fridge to build your own cheeseboard, and sit outside in the shade overlooking the vines.


Get back on your bikes and explore the surrounding wineries, including the Vintner’s Daughter, Clonakilla, Shaw Vineyard Estate. Time (and energy) dependent, you can also make the 25-minute ride to Helm Wines before returning to Abode to freshen up.


For dinner, head to Clementine in Yass, a unique dining destination set in a charming weatherboard cottage. They’re known for their incredible food using local produce, as well as their unwavering support of local wineries.

8:30pm: Yazz Bar is where the locals head for live music, local music and good times—and so should you. Settle in and enjoy the home-grown talent before returning back to Abode for a blissful night’s sleep. 



Dependent on how much you enjoyed the local vino, you may find it difficult to leave the comfort of your bed. Treat yourself to breakfast in bed, choosing from breads and pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt, cereals and more.


Check out and head back to Yass. Stop in at the Visitors Centre to grab yourself a map, and then set out to explore the Yass Town Walk, which takes you past historical buildings that are over 150 years old. Stop in at Trader&Co, where Dan from Six8 Coffee will make you the most divine ethical coffee. Pick up a juice from Jucie Lucie and shop at Yass Wholefoods.


Thyme to Taste is a must-visit destination to check out the best of local produce. Whether it’s cheese, sauces, oils, meats or wine that you’re after, you’re guaranteed to leave with something exceptional. Enjoy a platter crafted from local produce in the café, or call in advance and Andrew will prepare a delicious hamper for you.


What better way to finish your sweet escape than with a visit to Robyn Rowe Chocolates? Watch Robyn and her team create divine confections and pick up some of her delicious edible art. Order a tea, coffee or hot chocolate and sit yourself outside under a brolly, soaking up the last moments of your getaway before you return home to Canberra.

the essentials 
What: Abode Murrumbateman
Where: 57 Rose Street, Murrumbateman

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Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author

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