FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Got some questions about Winery Walkabout? See some of the most frequent questions that we get asked below.
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What kind of ticket should I buy?
If you're only coming for one day, just get a Saturday OR Sunday general admission ticket. If you'd like to attend both Saturday and Sunday, you can save money by buying the Weekend ticket.
Also, if you'd like to use the bus service instead of driving, you can either choose the Shuttle Bus (which does a hop on/off loop around all the wineries) or get the Regional Bus + Shuttle Bus ticket, which gets you a return ticket from a nearby regional town, and it also includes the shuttle service!
Can I buy a ticket on the day of the festival?
No. Tickets will sell out before the event, so get in early to secure yours! Ticket prices will increase the closer we get to the event weekend, so buy yours ASAP to get the best value!
What time does the festival run on Saturday and Sunday?
Wineries will open from 10am both days. Wine serving and music will end at 4pm, with all shuttle and private buses leaving the region by 5pm.
I don't want to drive so I can enjoy the wine. What are my options?
You have a few options:
1. Buy our Shuttle Bus or Regional Bus + Shuttle Bus ticket. Find out more here.
2. Organise to hire a bus with friends and split the cost. If you're bringing a private bus you need to register your bus and make sure you book in to each winery in advance before the event. Click here for more information.
3. Get a mate to be your designated driver for the weekend - they can't drink alcohol but they can get free entry and free teas and coffees!
I'd like to stay in Rutherglen for the weekend, where should I go?
We have heaps of accommodation options here in Rutherglen for Winery Walkabout: check out our accommodation page. If you can't find any accommodation in Rutherglen (as it books out quickly) we have a Regional Bus that services the following towns: Wahgunyah, Corowa, Bundalong, Yarrawonga, Mulwala, Howlong, Albury, Wodonga, Chiltern, Beechworth and Wangaratta. If you check out our Regional Bus stop map, you can find accommodation in nearby towns and buy a Regional Bus ticket and still enjoy the event!
What's on at each winery? Where do I start?
There is so much to do at Walkabout, we couldn't write it all here! Check out the event guide to find out what's happening at each winery. You're able to start wherever you like, but if you want some advice, start your day at the Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre (57 Main Street, Rutherglen) and our friendly volunteers can give you some inside knowledge on what to do and where to go!
How does the Shuttle Bus work?
The Shuttle Bus ticket gives you unlimited access to the hop on/off shuttle bus for one day. There are five loops of the shuttle bus, with each loop visiting a different collection of wineries. All loops start and finish at the Rutherglen Showgrounds (off High Street), so you can swap to different routes easily during the day. You can jump on and off the bus along your chosen route(s) wherever you like, and then come back to the Showgrounds at the end of the day. Check out the timetable and bus route map here.
I don't drink/I'm the designated driver. Can I still come to Winery Walkabout?
Sure can! We love responsible designated drivers - book online for free to get your white wristband (which shows us you're a designated driver/not drinking) and you'll also get two free tea/coffee/softdrink vouchers. You can also enter our Designated Driver competition courtesy of our major sponsor, TAC, and go in the draw to win a $200 fuel voucher!
Please note: Designated drivers are not able to consume any alcohol at Winery Walkabout - wineries will not serve any alcohol to those wearing the DD white wristband. This is event policy, and all DDs at this festival must have a BAC of 0.00.
I want to book a private vehicle with my friends and come to Walkabout. What do I need to do?
Sounds like fun! All private vehicles (and buses run by tour companies) that seat 8 or more passengers must first register their bus by clicking here, which gives them a unique bus registration number. This number can then be used to book into each winery via our online itinerary building platform. you MUST book your bus in advance to visit the wineries, as they will not accept any bus without a booking.
Don't forget, you must also buy your general admission tickets before arriving on the day - get your friends organised and make sure you have your tickets purchased well in advance, along with registering your bus.