About Murrumbateman

Murrumbateman is a charming town in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. Located on the Barton Highway, it is approximately 30 kilometres northwest of Canberra and is part of the Yass Valley Shire. As of the 2021 census, Murrumbateman had a population of 3,607.

History and Economy

In the 19th century, European settlers introduced sheep farming, wheat growing, and gold mining to Murrumbateman. The town saw the opening of its first government school in 1869. Winemaking began in the 1970s, with several properties developed as grape-growing areas or boutique wineries. Today, much of the land has been subdivided into hobby farms ranging from 2 to 40 acres, with many residents commuting to Canberra for work.

Local Attractions and Events

Murrumbateman hosts a variety of local attractions and events:

  • Murrumbateman Market: Held fortnightly at the Recreation Ground, focusing on local produce and arts and crafts.
  • Annual Events: Including the Murrumbateman Pony Club's showjumping festival in June, the Murrumbateman Field Days in October, and the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show in September.

These events, along with the town's rich agricultural and winemaking heritage, make Murrumbateman a delightful place to visit.

Facilities and Services

Murrumbateman offers a range of community facilities and services, including:

  • Education: A pre-school and a primary school.
  • Retail and Hospitality: A pub, various retail outlets, and the new Fairley Square development which includes a commercial and tourist precinct.
  • Recreational Clubs: The Murrumbateman Pony Club, Murrumbateman Adult Riding Club, and the Murrumbateman Stormers - Little Athletics Club.
  • Future Developments: Plans for a boutique brewery, bakery, child care centre, visitors' centre, cafe, medical services, and post office.

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