Forget the Kelly Trail it is now the Baileys’ Trail and home
We have found it very difficult to visit Glenrowan, or even pass through it, without paying a visit to Baileys’ Vineyards, they are about 9 km out of town. A great place to visit. The vineyards were established in 1870 by Richard Bailey and have passed through a few hands over the years. It is now owned by the Casella Family, purveyors of the ubiquitous (but tasty for the price) Yellowtail brand. Baileys are famous for their reds, particularly their vintage port and muscat. Great big fruity full flavoured drops.
The visitor’s grounds are immaculate, surrounded by the preserved old winemaking buildings. On weekends there is a great café set up serving wood fired pizza, salads and platters. You do need to time a visit to Glenrowan to get at the pizza! One sits out on a grassy area at tables shaded by umbrellas, or in the open if it is a bit cloudy as it was on our visit. A rather tasty salami and prosciutto pizza, rocket and pear salad and a Baileys shiraz kept us occupied for a couple of hours as we reflected on the highlights of the Kelly Trail!
Back in town we had a short wander around the commercial centre and saw the light show about Ned’s life. Runs from 10 am to 4pm on the hour and half hour. Not bad. But not vital to see either!
So it was back to the van park to pack up for the return journey to Brisbane the next morning. We have been able to have fires alongside the van to keep us a little warmer on the cold nights. BBQ some snags one night. Slightly blackened but love that smoky flavour an open fire adds! And a last word on those bread rolls, they were all pretty good as were the other snacks that one is tempted by at these regional bakeries.
Fast forward and we have arrived back home after stopping at what are now the regular spots of Forbes, Coonabarabran and Inglewood. A great trip through N.E. Victoria. The van is unpacked and Homealone has the washing ready to roll. But it is raining in Brisbane this afternoon, no complaints though as it is needed. More so out west, we do hope it gets there soon!