The closest wine region to Melbourne, and gateway to the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region, Sunbury also has a claim to fame as the birthplace of The Ashes, international cricket's coveted trophy.
The history of the Ashes records that when Australia won against England at The Oval in London 1882, The London Times announced the death of English cricket. The English team toured Australia shortly after this and played a social match at Rupertswood. Tradition has it that after the game the bails were burnt and the ashes presented to the English captain. Upon his death his widow presented them to the Marylebone Cricket Club and today the urn remains in the MCC museum at Lord's.
Historical Rupertswood Mansion now hosts festivals and weddings amidst its grand rooms, extensive gardens and wine cellar, while luncheons and heritage tours are held year-round.
Sunbury is also home to the state's oldest homestead, Emu Bottom, which was built in 1836. Emu Bottom now offers tailored tastes of Australia's pioneering history, including music by a bush band and various bush tucker eating experiences.
The town is an ideal starting point for a tour of the celebrated Sunbury Wine Region. Meet the winemaker and taste at the cellar door of the numerous wineries in the region including two historic wineries, Goonawarra (1863) and Craiglee Vineyard (1864).
Sunbury is approximately 40 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, or around 40 minutes by car along the Tullamarine Freeway and the Sunbury Road.