Canberra District

Named after Australia’s nearby capital, the Canberra District is a cool climate region located 30 minutes from Canberra and three hours southwest of Sydney. This highly regarded and flourishing young wine region is one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions, with more than 140 vineyards and 30 cellar doors producing award-winning, elegant wines.

What you can do there

The picturesque towns of the region include Murrumbateman, Gundaroo, Yass and Bungendore, which are perfect for food and wine lovers to explore. Visitors can discover the region by bike or car and enjoy local specialties such as cured and smoked meats, apples, olive sand truffles in some of the village cafes and winery restaurants.

Recommended wineries

• Tallagandra Hill

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This small, family-owned winery offers tastings at the cellar door on Saturday and Sunday. Its award-winning single vineyard wines include shiraz, tempranillo, vermentino, viognier, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Choose from a range of wine and food tasting experiences, including Jacko’s Pizza Van on Sundays. There are three cottages to stay in at the winery too.

• Lake George Winery

Established in 1971, Lake George Winery is the oldest winery in the Canberra District. The 150-hectare property is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Cullerin Escarpment. The cellar door is open from Thursday to Sunday and the onsite restaurant, The Westering, offers a rustic menu paired with award-winning Lake George wines.

• Shaw Wines

This beautiful, modern winery offers a private tasting room for group bookings, an open seated tasting room and a casual lounge where visitors can relax in an armchair with a glass of wine and a cheese plate enjoying the vineyard views. Open seven days a week, the winery also has an art gallery and onsite restaurant.

Tours and activities


• Canberra Helicopters

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Canberra Helicopters provide exceptional helicopter experiences to Regional NSW and specialise in tour packages to wineries in the Canberra District wine region. Guests can enjoy wineries, golf and mountain tours all via an easy heli transfer from Canberra.

• Blackwattle Alpaca Farm

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Located in Murrumbateman, Blackwattle Alpaca Farm is surrounded by wineries and offers picturesque views of the Brindabella Ranges. The farm provides a unique location to learn about alpacas and their luxury fibre. Blackwattle Alpaca Farms offers visitors tours of the farm providing an insight into farming alpacas in Australia.

Suggested itinerary

Wind your way from the cool climate wineries of the Canberra District and Yass Valley down to the sparkling waters of Eurobodalla and the Sapphire Coast. And with pet-friendly accommodation along the way, you can even bring your four-legged friend along for the ride. Download a snapshot of our recommended itinerary here.

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