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Thornebridge Murchison Family Tours

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Available all year but a good family option during holidays

Forget about home renovation shows. This is the real deal. I wrote an article on this amazing restoration after I had the pleasure of staying at Thornebridge last year. Click here.

Tim Linton and his partner Clare O'Reilly discovered the shell of what had once been a glorious 1868 building when they were out for a country drive some years ago.

The old hotel was derelict and overrun with rats and possums. Anything not bolted down had long since been stolen.

Only they could see the potential. It took them 21 years of painstaking and exacting renovation work but now they have achieved perfection and opened this Heritage listed building to the public for tours and stays.

The 90-minute tour will cover the condition of the building before restoration, the restoration process, include many funny stories and will be conducted by the couple.

You can note the perfect lath and plaster walls, stunning decorative paintwork (Derek Marvelley was the ornamental paint whose work is also seen at Werribee Mansion), massive antique Victorian beds and cast-iron baths so heavy they had to be craned in through upstairs windows.

Ornate verandahs looking down over artfully recreated, Victorian box-room gardens.

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There are dainty hedge- boxed gardens with vegetable varieties such as war greens and heirloom carrots, apple and plum trees and intricately designed geometric shaped pathways, fountains and foliage-covered tunnelled walkways. Children will love these gardens.

Out the front is the fourth largest plane tree in the state. This amazing tree, planted in 1913, is a sanctuary of dappled greenery and is even higher than the two-storey hotel

The property and garden are open for tours and afternoon teas most weekends but they are also opening days during school holidays. During the coming school holidays, families can do tours on Saturday, June 30th & July 7th, 2018.

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Other family things to do in town :

Thornebridge is on the Goulburn River so there is a nearby beach on the river bank for you to chill out or throw in a line.

View the remnant of the famous 100 kg meteorite that hit the town in 1969.

Meteorite Park has a walking trail that runs alongside the Goulburn River. The Park has lots of statues of life-size painted cow that children will adore.

Opposite is a bakery for lunch or a very good cafe Wagner Brothers Fine Food Store.

You can also ride or walk along the Murchison Rail Trail

Nearby, Shepparton has possibly Australia's best adventure playground SPC KidsTown. And SAM the Shepparton Art Museum is quite special.

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Do drop in

Adults or history-oriented teenagers may also enjoy the war-related history in the area. During World War II, there was an internment camp in the district, which held 4,000 POWs mainly Italian and German.

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Heavy cast-iron baths that had to be craned in through upstairs windows

There are a number of well-known wineries such as Mitchelton and Tahbilk and a number of ciderie, but I really loved the local winery Longleat Wines which is a 5 minute drive or a 2.5 km walk from Thornebridge. They do excellent and well-priced cheese platters.
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Why? To see what determination and 21 years of hard work can achieve and to enjoy a memorable tour, or weekend away
When: Most weekends including school holidays.
Phone: 0427 262 076
Where: 10 High Rd Murchison East
Cost: House tours: Adults $25 children under 16 $10.
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