Local life: Rutherglen and Corowa

Looking up a string of lights suspended near a corrugated iron wall and an old brick building.

When Adam and I lived in England, we made a real concerted effort to get out and explore the local area as often as we could. When we moved back to Australia we decided it was something we wanted to keep up.  So, the other day we jumped in the car and headed south…

After around two hours on the road we found ourselves in Rutherglen, not far south of the Murray River and in the state of Victoria.  Rutherglen is well known for its wineries, but we decided to throw caution to the wind and check out a new brewery that’d opened in town.

Front entrance to the Rutherglen Brewery, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia.

It was mid-week when we visited, so we had the place to ourselves.  We feasted on a pizza, that had delicious locally grown olives and I was impressed with the kitchen garden growing in raised beds behind the brewery. I was driving so didn’t get to sample the beers on tape, but Adam tells me they were pretty good ;).

Close up of home made pizza.

Kitchen garden at Rutherglen Brewery, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia.

On a Friday night or Saturday afternoon when there are a few more people about I imagine it’d be a really fun space to be in.

We headed back over the river to Corowa to visit the town’s whiskey and chocolate factory.

Old flour mill in Corowa, New South Wales, Australia.

It too, like the brewery in Rutherglen, is still in its infancy – but I think the factory is going to be one space to watch locally.  Distilling isn’t occurring yet, but there is the most amazing rustic/industrial space for events on site. Both Adam and I agreed that if we were getting married locally, it’d probably be a location we’d investigate further!

Function room in the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory, Corowa, New South Wales, Australia.

Bar in function room in the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory, Corowa, New South Wales, Australia.

It was also really nice to spot things that looked really Australian – tall grain silos, corrugated iron buildings and expanses of brown grass.  They weren’t things I particularly yearned for while I was living in England, but seeing them with somewhat fresh eyes put a little smile on my face.

Looking up at grain silos in regional New South Wales, Australia.

Window on corrugated iron wall in regional Australia.

Adam and I are plotting our next day-trip now – any suggestions are more than welcome!

Have a wonderful week. x

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