Glenrowan is a small, peaceful town between Benalla and Wangaratta in Victoria's High Country with a huge history as a pioneering wine region and site of bushranger Ned Kelly's 'last stand'.
Ned Kelly is undoubtedly Australia's most notorious bushranger and an important part of Australian folklore. Many attractions around Glenrowan bring together the various aspects of the enduring legend, making it easy to learn more about the man and his infamous gang.
Winemaking is equally as important as Kelly history in Glenrowan, with grapes planted long before the bushranger thrust the village into the annals of folklore. Call in at historic cellar doors like Baileys of Glenrowan and taste the old vine shiraz at Booth's Taminick Cellars, owned by the Booth family since the beginning of last century.
Visit the farm gates of local orchards for your fill of fresh cherries, peaches, apricots and more.
Back on the Kelly trail, see the six-metre-high statue of Ned Kelly clad in homemade armour and helmet. Visit Kellyland, an animated theatrical portrayal of the Kelly Gang's final stand that uses original props including an authentic handgun once owned by Kelly.
On Saturday, 27 June 1880, the Kelly Gang took 60 hostages in the Glenrowan Inn. A siege followed and in the ensuing battle with police three gang members were killed. Remarkably, Kelly escaped but was shot in the legs and arrested some hours later. He was tried, convicted of murder and hanged on 11 November 1880 at the Old Melbourne Gaol.
Popular local events include Trails, Tastings and Tales over the Queen's Birthday weekend and October's Winemaker's Weekend.
Glenrowan is 220 kilometres or just under 2.5 hours' drive from Melbourne along the Hume Highway.