Rutherglen Heritage Walk 

Town Walks
6 km
1.5 hours
Grade 1: No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Grade 4: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Grade 5: Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

Rutherglen was originally settled by squatters in 1836 but the discovery of gold in nearby Chiltern some 20 years later caused great excitement.

The town grew to a population of 20,000 by 1861. It is wine which has made Rutherglen famous today, the first vines were planted in the 1850s and by 1890 Rutherglen was producing a quarter of Australia’s wine. View ornate period buildings, significant historical markers and read about many of the characters that helped to shape Rutherglen’s earliest years. Find the answers to interesting questions such as ‘Where did Rutherglen get its name from?’ and ‘Why exactly was the mortuary attached to a prominent local pub?’. Collect your Rutherglen Heritage Walk booklet from the Rutherglen Visitor Information Centre and start your journey today! Or join one of our local Rutherglen Historical Society members for a guided walk on Saturday mornings, meeting at the Rutherglen Wine Experience. 9am in summer, 10am in winter.


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