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Five ways for a girls’ getaway in Murrumbateman

Molly McLaughlin

Dreaming of a girls weekend away but feel like it’s just too much hassle, time and money?

We’ve got one word for you: Murrumbateman.

From winery tours to horseback rides in the country, this unexpected destination should be top of your list for a getaway with your favourite people.

Just half an hour’s drive from Canberra, Murrumbateman is the ultimate convenient mini-break, and it’s a great option for mums or those who prefer not to stray too far from home. This once-sleepy town is experiencing a renaissance of all things food and wine thanks to its proximity to world-class vineyards and producers.

The recent addition of the stylish Abode Murrumbateman makes the region even more ideal for an effortlessly enjoyable girls weekend, and the hotel’s rural-chic design is just begging to be the background of your group Insta pic (#countryliving).

Here are five ways to spend a perfect girls’ getaway.

COUNTRY CHILL

A girls’ trip is the ideal opportunity to do all the things you wish you could on your average weekend but never seem to have time to do in between loads of washing.

Visit the farmers’ markets (the Murrumbateman Village Markets are held every second Saturday) and sample delicious seasonal produce, cuddle up and read that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table, or even grab one of Abode Murrumbateman’s cute vintage-style bikes for a grand tour of nearby wineries. They’re complimentary and available at reception.

Did we mention there are handmade Belgian chocolates just down the road? At Robyn Rowe Chocolate you can see how these delicious treats get made (Coconut Lime Zing, anyone?) or enjoy one of Robyn’s decadent hot chocolates while enjoying the country air.

When it’s time to rest your weary head, Abode’s spacious Premium Terrace rooms are the ultimate spot for a sleepover with two queen-sized beds, a flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel to ensure uninterrupted Gilmore Girls binge-watching.

ALL THE WINE

Speaking of wine, there are plenty of options for wine tasting across the region, ranging from an relaxing day out to ultimate luxe experiences. Leave the car and behind experience Murrumbateman’s cellar doors with a guided tour.

Vines & Wines offer set expeditions or can customise the day to suit your group, with a minivan adventure through four wineries and a delicious lunch along the way.

Murrumbateman Winery

Canberra By the Glass has the option to include a local brewer and distillery, as well as the region’s famous cool-climate wineries. If a limo is more your style, Valley Limousines can accommodate groups of up to 10 for a sophisticated day out.

If you’re venturing to the region because you’re attending an event at one of these fine establishments, Abode is the perfect choice for groups of any kind, including weddings.

FINE DINING

While Murrumbateman is most famous for its wines, the Yass Valley’s dining scene more than holds its own. Clementine in Yass is a local favourite, serving up delicious dishes like free-range pork belly and grilled swordfish in a converted 1950s weatherboard cottage.

Clementine. Credit: Tim Bean Photography

Olleyville, at Shaw Vineyard Estate, offers the best of both worlds with modern Italian share plates and feasts straight from the wood oven. Four Winds Vineyard also offers lunch-time wood-fire pizzas every weekend, including all you can eat pizza for groups of over 10.

Keen for an after-dinner tipple? Yazzbar—just down the road in Yass—serves up local wines, live music and good times every weekend.

GET AWAY FROM IT ALL

For a dose of authentic country life, Burnelee Excursions on Horseback gives riders the opportunity to explore a fully operational grazing property of 3,500 acres. It’s a magical, peaceful experience that sees you leaving the stress of everyday life behind.

Whether you’re after a shot at mustering sheep and cattle or simply looking for native wildlife, horses are available for all levels of riders and accompanied by an experienced instructor.

WOULD YOU LIKE CHAMPAGNE AND PANCAKES WITH THAT?

Of course, the other essential ingredients of any girls trip are champagne, breakfast and champagne breakfast. Luckily, that’s exactly what’s possible every morning at Abode Murrumbateman, with made-to-order pancakes and bubbles available.

The Abode Pantry is always stocked with food, nibbles and other essentials, including local wines. The hotel is also home to a communal kitchen where you can recreate The Great British Bakeoff or arrange the perfect cheese platter, depending on what mood you’re in, as well as the shared dining room where the whole gang can hang out.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Send that group email and start planning a country catch-up. Murrumbateman (and all the wine and cheese you and your BFFs can eat) is worth the road trip.

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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