Chip & Sip

Sampling the best golf along the mighty Muray river.

 

The Murray River is Australia’s longest river, meandering more than 2,500 kilometres west from the Australian Alps. And as you could imagine, such a large area provides an enormous number of varied activities to take part in along the famous watercourse.

Beyond water-based activities on offer along the Victorian and New South Wales border, golf is one of the area’s chief attractions. The vast number of courses present a great variation from town to town, while dozens of wineries offer a perfect accompaniment to any trip.

Having long heard positive stories from every type of travelling golfer from boys’ trips playing 36 holes a day to couples dropping in for the odd hit on a more leisurely pace, I was eagerly looking forward to my own first trip playing the Murray courses from Swan Hill all the way to Albury.

 

WHERE TO SIP

Travelling to the Murray for golf offers tourists the chance to play as much golf or as many of the courses as they like. Once the day on the links is done, or a day off, provides the chance to sample some of the regions wines. Here are some of the wineries to make a stop at if you fancy trying a local drop.

 

ALL SAINTS ESTATE

Driving down the 150-year-old Elm tree driveway to All Saints Estate gives a window into the special place you are visiting.

The national trust-listed castle and beautifully manicured gardens including a lake, a pond and a rose garden, adding to the experience of tasting the wide variety of Rutherglen wines on offer from the company, which dates back to 1864.

A trip to All Saints Estate’s cellar door includes trying the Estate range, Limited range and then the internationally-lauded Family Cellar range and Fortified range, with private and group tastings also available at the family-owned winery.

 

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