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Goulburn River Valley Tourism acknowledges the support of its member councils Mitchell, Murrindindi, Strathbogie and Greater Shepparton and our industry partners and stakeholders who have made this publication possible. Please Note: Goulburn River Valley Tourism endeavours to ensure the information in the Discover the Heart of Victoria Planner is as accurate as possible at the time of print, but does not accept liability for any personal injury, damage to property or responsibility for the results of any actions taken on the basis of information in this publication or for any errors or omissions. As information may change over time we encourage you to visit www.heartofvictoria.com.au for the most up to date information on the region. FRONT COVER IMAGE: TOOBORAC


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DIS COV ER TH E H EA RT OF V ICTOR IA Look for these icons as you discover more about the Goulburn River Valley region – the Heart of Victoria.

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VISITING THE REGION WITH FAMILY? Look out for highlighted family friendly activities.


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WELCOME TO THE HEART OF VICTORIA. We would love you to share your images and stories with us on Facebook and Instagram via @visitheartofvic or #visitheartofvic.


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Shepparton Welcome to the Heart of Victoria – the Goulburn River Valley region. Discover the wonders of nature that make the region so special including the mighty Goulburn River. Experience art and culture and soak up the history and heritage of the region. Partake in great local produce and some of the best wines you can find. Have fun with the family, get active in the beautiful outdoors or indulge in a little retail therapy. The choice is yours in the Heart of Victoria. Enjoy easy access for a day trip or stay a while and experience all that is on offer. From Marysville to Alexandra, Eildon to Yea and Kinglake; Kilmore, Tooborac and Seymour; Nagambie and Euroa; Shepparton and its many wonderful surrounds, every destination and everything in the Heart of Victoria waits to welcome you.

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Wondering the best way to get to the Goulburn River Valley region? Go to www.heartofvictoria.com.au/getting-here. Enjoy your visit and remember to travel safely.

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E V E N T S When it comes to events, you can’t go past the Heart of Victoria. From food & wine to culture, music & performance, to sports & activity and the unique, colourful and quirky - you’ve got to experience the magic of the Goulburn River Valley region.

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SPRING The Heart of Victoria really comes alive in spring with the region bursting with colour, activity and music. Lovers of music are very well catered for so look out for Blues & Jazz in Marysville, Bluegrass in the Kinglake Ranges and Opera in Nagambie for starters.

Whether you are a willing participant or a keen spectator, summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors in the Heart of Victoria. Look out for cycling, marathons, and triathlons across the region or maybe wakeboarding at Lake Eildon is more your style.

Beautiful days and cooler nights signal that autumn has arrived in the Heart of Victoria. The region comes alive with festivals across the region. Enjoy the vibrant and creative Shepparton Festival, the prestigious Kilmore Art Show or the fun of the Alexandra Easter Fair during autumn.

There may be a chill in the air but there is always a warm welcome when you attend an event in the Heart of Victoria. Alexandra’s Truck Ute and Rod Show is the largest of its kind in regional Australia and you will quickly discover there is something on offer for everyone.

You’ll find country racing in full swing, celebrations at wineries, quirky food happenings and renowned events like International Dairy Week over summer in the Heart of Victoria.

Tempt your taste buds with some seriously good local produce and amazing local wines at any one of a number of great events. Our calendar is forever changing and expanding so keep up to date by visiting our website for all the latest offerings.

Look out for winter fun at Lake Mountain or indoor delights at SAM - the Shepparton Art Museum. Take in a local production, catch a visiting artist and savour a warming local red.

There are lots of family friendly events this time of year, so bring the kids and enjoy everything that the Heart of Victoria has to offer.

Our calendar is ever changing and growing; be sure to keep up to date by visiting:

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Spring is also the time of the many great food & wine events including the Tastes of the Goulburn in Seymour. The little ones are not forgotten with the much-loved Shepparton KidsFest, car enthusiasts are very well catered for and the sporting calendar really comes alive during springtime.


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Nagambie Lakes Community Market Saturday 9.00am – 1pm Blayney Reserve, High St, Nagambie

Violet Town Market Saturday 8.30am – 1pm Recreation Reserve, Tulip St, Violet Town

Avenel Farmers’ Market Sunday 9am – 1pm Jubilee Park, Queen St, Avenel

Shepparton Farmers’ Market Sunday 9am – 1pm Emerald Bank, Goulburn Valley Hwy, Kialla

Wallan Old Time Market Saturday 8am - 2pm Hadfield Park, High St, Wallan

Tallarook Farmers’ Market Sunday 9am – 1pm (excl Jan) Mechanics Institute Hall, Main Rd, Tallarook

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Nagambie Farmers’ Market Sunday 9am – 1pm High Street, Nagambie OTHER MARKETS IN THE REGION Shepparton Craft and Produce Market Dates Vary 9am – 1pm Maude Street Mall. See visitshepparton.com.au for details. Taggerty 4 Seasons Market Saturday of Australia Day, Easter, Queen’s Birthday and Melbourne Cup weekends 9am – 1.30pm Taggerty-Thornton Rd, Taggerty.


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N A T U R E IN THE HEART OF VICTORIA The Heart of Victoria is a welcoming oasis for lovers of nature. The mighty Goulburn River, magnificent lakes, towering forests, striking mountains and sweeping open plains are just some of the many beautiful landscapes found here in this region. Take time out to explore, discover and enjoy this unique and diverse environment. The majestic Goulburn River is the lifeblood of this beautiful region. Travelling from the mountains of the High Country to the Murray River, the Goulburn is Victoria’s longest river and binds the many different ‘Hearts’ of Victoria together as one. Try your hand at fishing in the river or find a quiet spot in one of its many tributaries. Explore the Goulburn by boat, drifting past many beautiful estates and wineries as you hunt for the perfect picnic spot or simply admire from a distance. While you’re here, make sure to enjoy one of the many National & State Parks and Reserves throughout the Heart of Victoria. From iconic areas to lesser known gems, this diverse region has it all. Waterways and waterfalls are also abundant and each secluded spot offers a unique and magical experience. The Heart of Victoria is a truly breathtaking region that will have you gasping at the variety of natural beauty on offer.

WAT E R FA LL S & WAT E R I N G H O LE S • Goulburn River • Nagambie Lakes • Lake Eildon • Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton • Lake Bartlett, Tatura • Polly McQuinn’s, Strathbogie • Seven Creeks, Euroa • Goulburn Weir, Nagambie • Falls Creek Reservoir, Tallarook • Rubicon River • Yea River • Eildon Pondage • Little River, Taggerty • Hughes Creeks, Avenel • King Parrot Creek, Strath Creek • Steavenson River, Marysville • Masons Falls, Kinglake • Jehosaphat Gully, Kinglake • Wombelano Falls, Kinglake

The Heart of Victoria is an ideal destination for lovers of nature. Discover more of the region’s hidden natural gems by visiting www.heartofvictoria.com.au/nature-at-its-best.


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The Heart of Victoria is well known as a great place to relax, recharge and unwind, but many would also know that this region is a great place to get active. Let’s discover how you can make your trip to the Heart of Victoria adventurous, action-packed and utterly unforgettable. Rail trails are a unique way to get active whilst experiencing the natural beauty of the terrain. With hundreds of kilometres of rail trail winding throughout the region including the Great Victorian Rail Trail, there is simply no excuse when it comes to pedalling, walking or running. You will find other great rail trails in Murchison and Dookie, and walking tracks can be conquered right across the Heart of Victoria. Explore a track of a different kind at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex. Experience recreational or competition motorcycle riding from the sidelines or partake in one of many organised events throughout the year. Try your hand at a game of golf at one of the picturesque courses across the region, go horse riding or have a safe wilderness adventure in Kinglake. Gather up your family or mates and enjoy a day of fun, thrills and spills on the water at

Lake Eildon or Lake Nagambie. Take a canoe safari, go for a swim or drop a line to catch whatever lies below at the Goulburn River. Enjoy affordable family fun at any time of the year at Lake Mountain. Depending on the season, there’s a myriad of activities to try, from mountain biking and road cycling to bushwalking and trail running. Come winter, why not get your thrills from the toboggan slopes or the flying fox, or simply enjoy playful shenanigans with your friends thanks to snow-making capabilities that guarantee fun on the slopes. Don’t forget the world-class cross country ski trails! For the little ones, there’s always plenty to do. Enjoy the delights of Kidstown, Australia’s largest outdoor playground or the new all-abilities adventure play-ground and fun park in Wallan, where opportunities for adventure and activity are always just around the corner.

The Great Victorian Rail Trail starts at Tallarook and meanders through the picturesque Trawool Valley. It follows the Goulburn River in to Yea and Molesworth before providing trails to Alexandra and Yarck and Mansfield. For more information go to www.heartofvictoria.com.au/greatvictorianrailtrail.


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Winemakers in the Heart of Victoria are passionate about their craft and equally as talented. With century-old varieties, exciting new drops, distinctive regional characteristics and award winning reputations, the Heart of Victoria is truly a wine lover’s paradise! Enjoy hand-crafted wines, delicious platters of local produce and beautiful views when you visit one of the many cellar doors around the region. From the larger and better known wineries to the historic family owned and operated wineries, each cellar door is utterly unique and has a beautiful story just waiting to be shared. Experience a warm welcome wherever you go and sample some exquisite wines that are grown, harvested and made with love. Behold some seriously good wine where the finest drops on offer will entice just about any wine lover! The excellent climate, majestic waterways and rich alluvial soil of the region work together to produce some of the best wines not just in Victoria but across the nation. Renowned signature varieties such as marsanne and shiraz are complemented perfectly by lesser known favourites like viognier, roussane and sangiovese. Of course, don’t forget the sparkling!

Immerse yourself fully in the wine tasting experience by talking to the winemaker, where you will hear their stories, experience some of their finest work and maybe even discover a new favourite. Or, take the time to relax a little and explore all that is on offer at your own pace. Dine at one of the many wineries in the Heart of Victoria in which restaurants will tailor the wine list to suit each course, proving how the combination of excellent wine and delicious food is simply irresistible. Be entertained with live music, local art and stunning views, or feel free to soak up the atmosphere with a relaxing walk in an inviting garden. There is an endless list of ever-changing activities just waiting to be enjoyed at cellar doors and wineries across the Heart of Victoria. If wine isn’t your forte, keep an eye out for a locally brewed artisan beer, cider or distilled spirit at the many wonderful and unique watering holes across the region.

The GOTAFE Dookie Wine Show, held every September, is a standout event on the Heart of Victoria Food & Wine calendar. Visit www. heartofvictoria.com.au to find out more about amazing food & wine events in the region.


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FOOD + PRODUCE IN THE HEART OF VICTORIA Producers in the Heart of Victoria have a burning desire to create food that is delicious, filled with passion and always reflective of its roots. With the freshest produce delivered straight from the farm, orchard and river, chefs and artisans spoil visitors and locals alike with an endless list of food choices right here in the Heart of Victoria. Visit the Goulburn River Valley and experience the finest produce from Victoria’s food bowl. Trout, salmon, berries, olives, oil, cherries, pork and beef are just some of the local delights to be discovered. Be spoilt for choice with artisanal breads, stone fruit, preserves, jams, relish, cheese, garlic and nuts when you visit the farm gates and fresh produce stores scattered across the region. Get to the real source of your food by meeting the makers, growers and farmers on their own land, where you can try your hand at trout and salmon fishing or pick apples and pears from orchards brimming with ripe fruit. Stone fruit, cherries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are just some of the amazing tastes on offer. Don’t forget to check a website or call ahead for seasonal opening hours, which can often vary depending on the crop, season, harvest or weather.

Blessed with a climate of four distinct seasons, fresh local produce is on the menu all year round at a wide range of eateries across the Heart of Victoria. Look out for local ingredients seamlessly integrated into seasonal menus, and add a regional wine or locally crafted beer to create a tailored menu that is truly irresistible. Depending on your mood, it’s easy to select a local café with a relaxed cosy vibe or a robust country pub with a warm and welcoming feel. Be tempted by one of many multicultural restaurants across the region or enjoy the tantalising local produce served at any number of beautiful wineries. Whether you are looking for special occasion dining, a relaxed outdoor meal, a warming dish by a log fire, a local platter with a matching wine or a tasty bakery treat, you can find it all in the countless eateries of this allencompassing region. Fall in love with food in the Heart of Victoria!

LOCAL MARKETS Local markets can be found in almost every town across the Heart of Victoria and are a great way to source and enjoy regional produce. Go to www.heartofvictoria.com.au/markets-and-more for more details.


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HISTORY IN THE HEART

TALLAROOK MECHANICS INSTITUTE

OF VICTORIA

A rich and meaningful history is waiting to be discovered in the Heart of Victoria. Dating back to our indigenous ancestors, the region’s history has been shaped by early pioneering farmers, gold miners, irrigators, loggers and bushrangers. Today, it is yours to discover! Travelling through the country side of the Heart of Victoria, it’s hard to ignore the historic buildings, rustic homesteads, shearing sheds, cottages and rural outbuildings of yesteryear. Each building is beautiful and unique, and together they stand as a testament to the thriving communities of a different era that helped shape the region as it is today. The many local Historical Societies and Museums across the Heart of Victoria provide an insight into the rich tapestry of the region, and each town has its own story to tell. Explore the tales of hardships and triumphs, ingenuity and prosperity and heroes and villains who shaped this region. Let’s not forget the many other important facets of life. Everything from logging, railways and irrigation to agriculture and manufacturing allowed each town to build a distinctive identity.

The links of a rich military history are evident throughout the Heart of Victoria and provide a fascinating insight into our armed history. Be moved by the evocative Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk at Seymour, which honours the service of the men and women who played their part in a tumultuous period of Australia’s history. Follow the stories of the troops at the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park as they prepared for battle in the Great War and later in WWII. Nearby, the RAAC Memorial and Army Tank Museum at Puckapunyal collects, preserves and exhibits the history of the Australian Light Horse and Armoured Corps. Whilst you’re here, why not take a visit to honour our Victoria Cross recipients. The ‘Honouring our Heroes’ statues of Maygar, Burton and Tubb stand tall at the VC Memorial Park in Euroa while in Tatura the sacrifice of Private Mactier VC is remembered.

NED KELLY Echoes of Australia’s most notorious bushranger Ned Kelly can be heard across the rugged ranges of the region that he roamed with his gang. Discover the Ned Kelly Touring Route at www.heartofvictoria.com.au/ned-kelly.


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THE ARTS IN THE HEART

SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM (SAM)

OF VICTORIA

There’s just something about the Heart of Victoria that is truly captivating. With inspiration bursting from almost every corner of this picturesque landscape, it’s no surprise that the Heart of Victoria is brimming with a creative energy that is unique, original and utterly enchanting. Exploring the beautiful galleries, museums and art spaces that can be found across the region is a fantastic way to discover the many artistic delights on offer. Acting as the centre of the creative offerings is the Shepparton Art Museum – affectionately known as SAM. Here, you will find a permanent exhibition that proudly tells the story of Australian ceramics, as well as a superb collection of Australian paintings and works on paper. Whilst you’re there, don’t forget to take advantage of the active exhibitions program that includes curated, local community and touring art displays. From acclaimed public galleries to specialised spaces with photography, sculpture and Indigenous art works, there’s something to suit every interest and taste in the most likely and unlikely of places. Visit one of the many markets in the Heart of Victoria to pick up something special from some of the region’s best artists.

For something the whole family is sure to enjoy, be sure to drop in to Longwood and explore the iconic gemstone museum. Wander through each room and marvel at the myriad of gems, jewels and fossils on offer. The MooovingArt Herd is a quirky art movement that brings a whole new meaning to street art. Be surprised and delighted by these colourful, ever-changing, life size fibre glass bovines as you explore the Greater Shepparton area. It’s hard to go past the Heart of Victoria when it comes to festivals and events, with a tempting selection of performances for lovers of music, theatre, dance and more. From unique and quirky entertainment to more traditional celebrations of ritual and custom, there is always something on offer in the Heart of Victoria.

ARTISTIC OFFERINGS From big festivals to intimate performances, the Heart of Victoria will delight and amaze you with a feast of fabulous artistic offerings throughout the year. Be sure to visit www.heartofvictoria.com.au for more information.


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LOCAL WARES IN THE HEART

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OF VICTORIA

Spend some time in the Heart of Victoria and you will soon find that you simply can’t resist the local wares on offer. From tasty treats and gorgeous gifts to local produce and hand-made jewellery, you’ll find a truly diverse collection of wares right across the Goulburn River Valley. Unique, fresh and varied - the local wares and beautiful produce in the Heart of Victoria are there to be enjoyed! Have fun discovering exclusive food stores and boutiques across the region. Many are stocked with a tempting range of handmade artistic wares, local produce, regional wines and great gift ideas. Pick up something to surprise friends and family or spoil yourself with a homemade relish or lemon butter. Across the Heart of Victoria, you will find friendly service and a wonderful relaxed vibe. Don’t miss the chance to chat with a shop owner or craft maker, they will greet you with a smile and provide you with plenty of tips and inspiration. Look out for one of many quirky retail experiences on offer as you wander the region. Be rewarded with exceptional quality and excellent value on artisanal products, recycled goods and speciality foods. If you’re stuck for ideas, pop into one of the many

Visitor Information Centres around the region for some travel tips from a friendly local, and have a look at the range of wares on offer while you’re there. Located in one of Australia’s most important food bowls, shops and outlets in the Heart of Victoria are always well stocked with a fantastic range of local produce and gourmet delights. Think fresh organics, smoked trout, homemade relish, olive oil, stone fruit, green tea, cherries, pork, pickles, wine or perhaps a chocolate apple! Destinations in the Goulburn River Valley have also got you covered if you’re staying a while and need something that’s more ‘everyday’. Fill up a trolley, stock up a pantry or take home a bag from any of our leading major retailers, or pop into a smaller speciality store for a more unique mix of flavours. Take the time to walk the town whilst you grab a coffee, an icecream or maybe even a sweet treat, and soak up the welcoming atmosphere of the Heart of Victoria.

Don’t forget to visit one of the many great markets across the Heart of Victoria if you are looking from some great local wares or produce. Go to www.heartofvictoria.com.au/markets-and-more for details.


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STAY A WHILE IN THE HEART

BARTON MILL, MARYSVILLE

OF VICTORIA

From romantic weekend getaways to family friendly retreats, the Heart of Victoria has your accommodation covered with caravan parks, camping grounds, cosy cottages, comfortable hotels and welcoming farmsteads. With countless options to cater for all tastes and budgets, the Heart of Victoria takes the stress out of travel with comfortable accommodation for everyone. Whether you’re seeking a stylish apartment, a room with a view or a farm stay experience like no other, there’s no doubt that you will find your dream escape in the Heart of Victoria.

you covered with accommodation for all occasions. Whether it’s a solo expedition or a workplace conference, there is always a room just a stone’s throw away - we even have your pets covered!

Experience a night or two in a fully renovated 1900’s church, relax in a stylish country hotel or feel at home in a local farmstead big enough for a group stay with all of your friends.

For those travelling with their own accommodation, you won’t be disappointed with the abundance of caravan parks scattered throughout the region. Pull up in your camper at one of the scenic caravan parks on the banks of the Goulburn River and sit back, relax and enjoy. Or pitch a tent at a powered or unpowered camping site to discover the true meaning of getting back to nature.

Look out for charming cottage accommodation at destinations small and large throughout the region. Nestled amongst tranquil gardens or native bushland settings, each accommodation has been designed to cater for comfort and privacy whilst upholding a sense of beauty and appeal. From budget to high-end or comfortable to luxurious, the Heart of Victoria has

The Heart of Victoria also offers beautiful venues with picturesque country backdrops, perfect for tailored events such as weddings and functions.

Accommodation options in the Heart of Victoria are numerous and varied. To find out more about campsites, cottages, hotels and farmsteads, go to www.heartofvictoria.com.au and search stay.


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SEYMOUR AND SURROUNDS BIG4 SEYMOUR HOLIDAY PARK 30 TREVAN STREET, SEYMOUR PH: 03 5792 1530

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DISCOVER

M U R R I N D I N D I ’ S GREAT OUTDOORS Just 90 minutes drive north east of Melbourne, the Shire of Murrindindi is blessed with stunning natural beauty – from the Goulburn River flats to cool temperature rainforests of the Yarra Ranges and the rugged peaks of the Cathedral Range. It is one of Victoria’s most picturesque regions, offering visitors the chance to explore and experience nature at its best.

WALKS

One of the best ways to enjoy this unique region is on foot. From a gentle stroll to a challenging overnight hike, there are a myriad of walks and trails to suit all ages and levels of fitness. In summer, the snow trails of Melbourne’s closest winter playground, Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, offer spectacular mountains views. Explore lush fern gullies in the Yarra Ranges National Park and Marysville State Forest. Enjoy sweeping lake views at Lake Eildon National Park and take in the panorama of Melbourne’s skyline from Kinglake National Park. Experience the breathtaking vistas from the summit of the Cathedral Ranges. And that’s just for starters!

WATERFALLS Dozens of waterfalls are

dotted throughout the region, each with a character and timeless beauty of its own and some more accessible than others. Well worth a visit are the renowned Steavenson

Falls at Marysville, the cascades along Lady Talbot Drive and the peaceful Cora Lyn Falls near Cambarville. Lucky visitors will see lyrebirds at Masons Falls at Kinglake and the impressive single long drop at Snobs Creek Falls on the way to Eildon.

WATERSPORTS

Lake Eildon attracts thousands of water sport enthusiasts all year round. With over 500km of shoreline, it’s a great place for all kinds of recreational water sport activities – from wake boarding and water skiing to the more peaceful pursuits of fishing and houseboating.

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Lake Eildon and the Goulburn River are Victoria’s most popular freshwater lake and river fishing spots. Flowing from the magnificent Lake Eildon, the Goulburn River and its tributaries are much loved by fly fishers and native fish anglers alike. Don’t forget the wheelchair accessible fishing platform on the pondage in the Eildon township for those needing easier, safe access to this premier fishing location. You could also experience the thrill of catching a fish at one of the local fish farms which cater for the young, old, experienced or beginner! Attracting national attention for its array of fishing opportunities, there are many places to throw in a line throughout the region.

CAMPING & CARAVANNING

The Murrindindi region offers a plethora of places to escape the hustle and bustle of the big smoke. The Fraser and Jerusalem Creek camping areas at Lake Eildon National Park are a great destination for families and large groups and the campgrounds at Cathedral Range State Park are the perfect place for bushwalking and nature enthusiasts. Camp by the riverside in the Marysville State Forest and at Murrindindi Scenic Reserve, or choose a secluded campsite at The Gums in Kinglake National Park. Parks, forests and reserves right across the region offer camping and scenic picnic spots to suit anyone and everyone.

A wide range of quality caravan parks are located throughout the region, which are perfect for those who want to stay and play.

Whether you’re driving a vehicle, towing a van, travelling in a Motorhome or just looking for somewhere to pitch a tent, most parks will be able to accommodate you. Offering well-appointed cabins, powered and unpowered sites and great on-site facilities, these parks will provide all the comfort and convenience for the perfect holiday or idyllic quick get-away. Pet friendly accommodation options are also available at some parks. Two RV dump point locations are available to the public free of charge – one located at the Y Water Discovery Centre in Hood Street at Yea and the other in Station Street at Alexandra. Both have water access for clean-up. Additional RV dump points are located within other caravan parks across the region.

CULTURE & HISTORY

The land just beyond the Great Divide has been culturally significant to indigenous people for thousands of years and many continue to have strong connections to country today.

The region’s post-European history is also evident with many places still reflecting their early heritage of gold mining and timber harvesting. Cambarville Historic Township and surrounding area in Yarra Ranges National Park is a great place to discover how the early pioneers of the area lived and worked and learn about their remarkable feats of engineering and timber milling that shaped the region. Visit the Rubicon State Forest and see evidence of Victoria’s first hydro-electric scheme and the timber tramways from the timber harvesting days. There are many more historic locations to explore.


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GREAT VICTORIAN RAIL TRAIL NEAR TRAWOOL

Whether you’re seeking adventure or looking to get back to nature, the Great Victorian Rail Trail is for you! info@greatvictorianrailtrail.com.au

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The Great Victorian Rail Trail winds its way through idyllic countryside and undulating farmland along the majestic gum-lined Goulburn River, providing stunning views of rolling pastures and magnificent valleys.

The trail is Australia’s longest continuous rail trail, spanning 134 kilometres from Tallarook, through Yea to Mansfield, with a spur line linking Cathkin and Alexandra. This easily accessible, varied and unique rail trail offers close proximity to heritage classified rivers, rich farmland and plenty of Australian wildlife to get up close, such as echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos and birds in their natural surroundings. Gentle gradients along much of the multi use trail make it suitable to be explored on foot, bike or horse. The trail offers the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with the kids and caters for most fitness levels. You can tackle the entire trail from either direction, or pick a short section starting at the many towns or car parks. Those keen on a more challenging experience won’t be disappointed - the 397 metre

stretch at Merton Gap and the climb from Alexandra to Eglington Cutting offers the twin rewards of spectacular views and a cardio workout for anyone interested in pushing the envelope! With a bridle path specially built in tandem with the rail trail, horse riding enthusiasts can also enjoy this tranquil and lovely part of the world on a long, exhilarating and safe journey. There are numerous horse yards and hitching rails available and designated areas where visitors can safely park vehicles and horse floats. Many stopovers along the way are equipped with picnic facilities, non potable water, bench seating, bike racks and unique shelters providing local and historical images, information and maps.


Visitors can sample the superb local fare of the Goulburn River Valley region at the many cafes, pubs and restaurants dotted through the valley to cater for all tastes and budgets. Discover heritage buildings and incredible historic landmarks like the amazing 200 metre long Cheviot Tunnel, explore art galleries and museums, enjoy boutique shops and farmer’s markets - an hour, an afternoon, a weekend or more; create your own stories on Australia’s longest rail trail. For more information, visit the official website www.greatvictorianrailtrail.com.au 1800 RTRAIL (1800 787245)


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Come drop a line at Buxton Trout & Salmon farm – a memorable day out for the family. First time fisherman to experienced anglers will love hooking onto a Rainbow trout or Atlantic salmon in our bush fishout. Cook your catch fresh by the river or try some of our famous Mountain Ash Smoked Trout & Salmon Caviar.

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Treat yourself to local produce and great bushwalking,road cycling and alike. Lilydale wine and enjoy a stay at MELBOURNE one of the many boutique cottages and retreats Another area close to Marysville is the in the area. Make sure you discover the gorgeous hamlet of Narbethong, set magnificence of the flood lit Steavenson amongst the tall trees of the Black Spur. With plenty of farmland and lush forest on offer, Falls after dark. here you can enjoy all that nature provides. The fantastic Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is just a short drive away. Not Also not far is Buxton with its beautiful just a cross-country skiing mecca, mountain vistas, trees and rivers. For those Lake Mountain is a complete winter keen on fishing, the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ playground. You can also visit in the offers fantastic opportunities or try dropping warmer months for mountain biking, a line at the Trout & Salmon Farm. Be inspired by a range of outdoor pursuits and endless hours of adventure to entertain the whole family. To discover more about activities in Marysville and right across the Heart of Victoria, go to www.heartofvictoria.com.au

Multiple award winning Barton Mill is finished to the highest of standards. This family friendly selfcontained house features 3 bedrooms with period detail throughout. Accommodating 1 to 6 people and offering individual bathroom facilities to all 3 bedrooms. Linen and toiletries are provided. Features large alfresco deck with mountain views and wood fire all in a central location.

Meander this private and picturesque property with its numerous walking paths, try your hand at fishing or just paddle out on the lake. There are two B&B style retreats (disability friendly) and four other accommodation rooms, ideal for a group. Plus full Conference Facilities, Event areas for parties/ weddings and a Cafe & Produce Store on weekends.

6 Barton Avenue, MARYSVILLE Ph: 0401 027 302 www.bartonmillmarysville.com.au

1188 Maroondah Highway, NARBETHONG Ph: 0429 699 969 www.saladinlodge.com


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CHESTNUT GLADE

Two fully self-contained apartments positioned upstairs, with spacious living, fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, laundry facilities and able to accommodate 4-5 people. Situated in the heart of Marysville within walking distance to cafes and shops. Marysville is located 90 minutes from Melbourne – a scenic drive through the Yarra Valley and magnificent trees of the Black Spur.

Two spacious self contained cottages of contemporary design nestled within a very peaceful setting, amidst an orchard of chestnut trees, surrounded by the mystic mountains. The cottages can sleep up to four and have open fires and spas. Children and pets are welcome. Every season is a delight. Packages available.

27 Murchison Street, MARYSVILLE Ph: 0408 103 481 www.alpinoapartments.com.au

20 Manby Road, NARBETHONG Ph: 03 5963 7103 www.chestnutglade.com.au

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At Woodlands Rainforest Retreat we provide a rare combination of genuine privacy, indulgent luxury and nature based experience in a secluded temperate rainforest setting. The architect designed self-contained cottages are situated in rainforest remnant on 16 hectares of native forest, overlooking the fern gullies of Hermitage Creek near the tiny hamlet of Narbethong.

4 self-contained architect designed cottages set in beautiful private gardens and in the heart of Marysville. A wonderful place to enjoy your special holiday, perfect for couples. With fully equipped kitchens, kingsize beds, Jotul real wood fires, air-con, large free standing spa bath and complimentary home-cooked gourmet breakfast hamper if book direct. Award winning. RACV 18 Falls Road, MARYSVILLE Ph: 0419 103 834 www.dalrymples.com.au

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WOODLANDS RAINFOREST RETREAT

Just over the Black Spur, 80 km NE of Melbourne, Woodlands is beautifully positioned on the edge of Victoria’s famous Yarra Valley and is just 30 minutes drive from the cross country ski trails of Lake Mountain and the boating and fishing waterways of Lake Eildon, Victoria’s second largest body of water (after Port Phillip Bay). Woodlands Rainforest Retreat has been designed and built to exceed your expectations.

Each cottage is hidden in its own separate enclave within the rainforest, offering complete seclusion, both from each other and the outside world. They are completely out of sight, overlooking beautiful fern gullies and a private bushland lake, with the sound of the babbling Hermitage Creek in the background. They each have large brick open fireplaces, central heating & cooling, fully equipped kitchens, king beds, full surround sound systems with DVD, video and CD players for your enjoyment where you will be topped up with wood for a cosy evening fire (winter months’ outside fire restriction only). There are no neighbours – only the wildlife, including riotous parrots and cockatoos, kookaburras, wombats, wallabies, echidnas and platypus (if you look and listen very carefully). You can enjoy a unique part of Australia, a temperate rainforest with native flora and fauna featuring magnificent wildlife.

137 Manby Road, NARBETHONG Ph: 03 5963 7150 www.woodlandscottages.com.au

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Lake Eildon National Park is situated on the shores of Lake Eildon and is home to the popular camping areas of Fraser and Jerusalem Creek. Find out more about exploring the outdoor gems in the region, visit www.heartofvictoria.com.au

Centrally located in Thornton between Alexandra, Marysville and Lake Eildon, this locally owned and operated business boasts 28 motel rooms, a spacious bistro, bottle shop, Tattslotto, large Sports Bar with TAB, Fox Sports, Post Office, free Wi-Fi and a courtesy bus. The perfect spot for fishing, boating, four wheel driving, horse riding or just chilling by the river. 1362 Taggerty Road, THORNTON Ph: 03 5773 2251 www.rubiconhotel.com.au

Fawlty Farm is a very appealing and adventurous 300 acre property in Taylor Bay, a short walk from Lake Eildon. It offers 24 beds (max 18 persons) with a variety of accommodation choices such as the romantic Lakehouse, fun A frames and family friendly bunkbeds. As well as full use of the property including a large spa, sports activities & BBQ, we offer 3 complimentary tours: an exhilarating 2 hour boat trip on Lake Eildon, exclusive Lookout Hut on the Ridge (wine & cheese included) and a guided tour of our unique, operational underground quartz-reef Gold Mine. Additional photos of Fawlty Farm can be found at www.fawltyfarm.com.au. For the best price, please use the contact details below for booking enquires.

250 Taylor Bay Right Arm Road, TAYLOR BAY Ph: 03 5774 2245 info@fawltyfarm.com.au


LAKE EILDON MARINA

FAIRWEATHER FARMGATE RESTAURANT & FOOD STORE

EILDON TROUT FARM

Their fleet of houseboats offer a unique accommodation experience for visitors to explore and truly appreciate the tranquillity and serenity of the pristine waters and magnificent surroundings of Lake Eildon. There are 10 and 12 berth houseboats catering for all levels of comfort and budget, from basic through to two storey luxury incorporating a spa.

A gem of the valley, Fairweather’s Restaurant is a deliciously unique dining experience, set in a 150-year-old cottage with beautiful gardens, dates & seating are limited, follow on facebook/instagram or check out the website-bookings essential. Also run from this property is a cute roadside Food Store where you can buy biscuits, jams, sauces and local delights – open most days Spring-Autumn.

Situated on 300 picturesque acres along the Goulburn River is Eildon Trout Farm. From the beginner to the experienced fly fisherman and less than 2 hours drive from Melbourne, Eildon Trout Farm has the 5 star fishing experience for you. ‘Catch & Release’ options are available. If fishing is not your thing, our produce shop is open 7 days a week where you can pick up Fresh Trout & Salmon at great prices or perhaps indulge in our Cherry wood smoked Trout & Pate.

190 Sugarloaf Road, EILDON Ph: 03 5774 2107 www.houseboatholidays.com.au

1556 Goulburn Valley Highway THORNTON Ph: 0425 773 492 www.fairweatherfarmgate.com

460 Back Eildon Road, THORNTON Ph: 03 5773 2377 www.eildontroutfarm.com.au

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One of Victoria’s best kept secrets, an award winning venue for all occasions Our 660 acre property boasts a purpose built event venue, catering for conferences, weddings and functions. A modern, spacious facility that truly reflects its natural surrounds. Located just 2 hours from Melbourne, we offer on-site accommodation for 150, 3 flexible function rooms, 2 small board rooms, a separate Homestead which sleeps 16 guests, and a wide range of entertaining spaces inside and out. With rolling hills and spectacular sunsets the views are a perfect backdrop for any occasion. Our team has over 180 years’ combined experience in management, hospitality and tourism, both within Australia and overseas and understand what it takes to create a truly successful event!

92 Moore Road, Eildon 3713 T: 03 5774 2631 E: eildon@holmesglen.edu.au www.holmesglen.edu.au/eildon facebook.com/holmesglenateildon


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EILDON PONDAGE HOLIDAY PARK

Eildon Pondage Holiday Park is nestled along the edge of the picturesque Eildon Pondage. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind surrounded by beautiful bushland and the mountains of the Victorian high country. Whether you want to camp, bring your caravan or stay in the self-contained cabins, the shady 30 acre park offers a range of facilities for the whole family to enjoy. 10 Eildon Road, EILDON Ph: 1800 651 691 www.eildonpondage.com

RUBICON VALLEY HORSE RIDING

Happy is the horse that strolls along the river enjoying a lopping canter to view the scenery and eat a bit of grass or get a pat or even quizzically engage in a bit of chit chat! Arrr the life of a horse. If you too want to engage in our love of horses we offer Introductory Rides, 2 hour, Half Day and Day Rides.

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90 Rubicon Road THORNTON Ph: 03 5773 2292 www.rubiconhorseriding.com.au

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TAYLOR BAY COUNTRY CLUB

Lease or investment opportunities available

Situated on 70 acres of classic high country and close to renowned Lake Eildon and Fraser National Park sits this recently built residence featuring unmatched facilities in the area.

• Well appointed bedrooms

• Heating & cooling • Wood fires • Internet access • Games room • Barbecue area • Outdoor fire pit • Extensive decks • Lake and mountain views • Fishing or motorbike riding • Golf chipping range • Pet friendly

We offer a wide range of on-site services and facilities, so whether you wish to be active or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the views in this serene setting then this is the place for you!

39 Taylor Bay Road, Taylor Bay, Victoria | Phone 0497 889 353 | info@taylorbaycountryclub.com.au | www.taylorbaycountryclub.com.au


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Eildon Big Fish Challenge and Food and Wine Festival comes alive on the 3rd weekend in October. Based around the Eildon Pondage and Lake Eildon this event is enjoyed by hundreds of families and avid anglers. So come and cast a line or just sit back and enjoy the food, wine and entertainment on offer throughout the weekend.

Visit Alexandra over Easter and make time for the annual Easter Fair. Whether you’re interested in the craft and produce market, are looking for the wealth of kids activities or just want to sit back and enjoy the music and entertainment the Easter Fair has something for everyone..

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The annual Alexandra Truck Ute and Rod Show is well-known as the premier trucking event in regional Australia. There is something for everyone with markets, craft stalls, trade displays, amusements and even wood chopping. Head to www.heartofvictoria.com.au for event details.

Nestled in a native bush setting at the foothills of the Cathedral Range, only 1.5 hours from Melbourne. Situated on the Acheron River, which is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet spot of fishing or discover a platypus. The water-skiing and boating mecca of Lake Eildon is just up the road. Meander through the romantic village of Marysville, experience the snow at Lake Mountain in winter, or discover treasures in Alexandra, Yea and Eildon.

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Just kick back, relax, and unwind while the children enjoy our swimming pool, jumping pillow, playground, tennis courts, mini golf and much more.

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For something truly homemade, fast & delicious, you’ll love our famous Vanilla Slices, exciting dine in and fast takeaway options, ripper healthy choices and really good coffee. Open from 6.30am. Stay overnight at our ideally located B&B. Giddy Goat... Great Food, Cheerful Service... Funny Looking Staff!

Relax or watch the grass grow from our cosy, 2 bedroom, selfcontained cottage. Fully equipped kitchen, linen provided, heated and air-conditioned. Peaceful and private. Veg out, join in the farm activities or ride the Great Victorian Rail Trail just 1.5 km away. Your friendly hosts John and Robyn Walsh

Our 100% natural soap and beauty products are handOur 100% natural beauty products on site from extra-virgin olive oil, pure plant made onsoap and site fromare hand-made extra-virgin olive oil, pure plant essential oils, herbs and spices. Come in and hand test liquid soaps and browse the large range of aroma-therapeutic skin care items, locally made gifts, art, furniture and produce. essential oils, herbs and spices. Come in and hand test Open 7 days 9.30am to 4.30pm. Dindi Naturals, 6572 Maroondah Highway,browse Yarck VIC 3719 | Tel.the 03 5773 4349 | www.dindinaturals.com.au liquid soaps and large range of aromatherapeutic skin care items, locally made gifts, art, furniture and produce. Open 7 days 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Purpose-built modern kennels, which are temperature controlled, ensuring the guests are always comfortable in the heat of summer or freezing winters. Safe, secure and worry-free you can be confident your dog is receiving the best care, relaxing in the indoor pens or playing in the outside exercise runs enjoying the farm setting.

6606 Maroondah Highway, YARCK Ph: 03 5773 4223 www.giddygoat.com.au

145 Middle Creek Road, YARCK Ph: 03 5773 4304 E: walsh145@me.com

6572 Maroondah Highway, YARCK Ph: 03 5773 4349 www.dindinaturals.com.au

6979 Maroondah Highway, YARCK Ph: 0472 669 995 www.countrylodgekennels.com.au

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Visit us in Yarck for tastings and sales of fresh cherries, straight from the orchard. Experience our brand-new shop and packing shed in operation. Select from our range of icecream, cherry liqueur, preserves, sauce and cherry-themed gifts. Open mid-November until mid-January, 7 days, 9.00am-5.00pm (Closed Christmas & New Year’s Day). For us, it’s All About Taste.

The Yarck Country Market is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, starting at 9am to 1.30pm. Visit the Yarck Hall where you will find local produce, jams, craft, plants and wines and much more. The market helps provide funds towards supporting our historical Hall.

We sell pre-loved, affordably priced books and magazines for the whole family. Our wide range of subjects includes a large military section. Open Monday 11.30am to 3pm, Thursday and Friday 11.30am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 5pm. We are open also on Tuesday and Wednesday during school holidays, and occasionally at other times. To be sure, telephone us first.

This charming country bakery is open 7 days a week, serving hearty breakfasts, gourmet lunches and exceptional coffee. Fresh ingredients are used to create hand crafted pies, breads, pastries and cakes. Customer’s dietary needs are also catered for. Located close to the rail trail, drop in for a leisurely lunch or a coffee stop to experience a fantastic country atmosphere.

6547 Maroondah Highway, YARCK Ph: 03 5773 4250 www.koalacherries.com.au

Yarck Hall, Maroondah Highway, YARCK Ph: 03 5773 4293 www.visityarck.com

6591 Maroondah Highway, YARCK Ph: 03 5773 4337 / 0400 418 139

6585 Maroondah Highway, YARCK Ph: 03 5773 4233

WITH THE GREAT VICTORIAN RAIL TRAIL LITERALLY ON YARCK’S DOORSTEP, THIS TRADITIONAL COUNTRY TOWN IS THE PERFECT BASE FOR DISCOVERING JUST WHAT THE HEART OF VICTORIA HAS TO OFFER.


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From Sedona Estate’s humble beginnings, Paul & Sonja’s vision has been to produce fine coolclimate wines from their vineyard in the Yea Valley. Grown and hand-crafted with zeal for perfection, the quality of the wines has not gone unnoticed by Australia’s leading wine authority; as a newcomer to the industry, Sedona Estate made it into Halliday’s top ten best new wineries in 2007 and received the prestigious 5-star winery rating three times since. A visit to Sedona Estate won’t disappoint! Mesmerising views, wine tasting with the makers and delicious artisan platters are the perfect recipe for a great country experience. Discover this hidden gem of the beaten track!

Having established a reputation for their contemporary menu offering traditional pub fare as well as dishes for the discerning, this stylish hotel is now home to Yea’s newest luxury appointed accommodation. Enjoy a selection of cold beer, premium wines and ciders from the local region and beyond and relax with the family in ambient surrounds. The Royal Mail Hotel in Yea were the winners of the AHA Award’s “ Best Pub Style Accommodation”.

Opening Hours 11.30am – 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday & Public Holidays. Platters available on weekends. 182 Shannons Road, MURRINDINDI Ph: 03 9730 2883 or Mob 0432 435 180 www.sedonaestate.com.au

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YEA PEPPERCORN HOTEL

Just one and a half hour’s drive from Melbourne in the small township of Yea, you will find one of the best restaurants in country Victoria and boutique accommodation. Situated directly opposite the old Yea Railway Station and the Great Victorian Rail Trail you will find our beautiful historic hotel which is older than the railway line itself. The Yea Peppercorn Hotel, built in the 1860’s, is a treasure trove of original features which gives the hotel the ambience and warmth of a bygone era. When you step into our renowned Kelly Dining room and soak up the rustic warmth of the wood fire, exposed original brick walls and giant wooden beams from historic nearby bridges you will immediately shake off the stress and strain of city life and relax into Peppercorn mode.

21A Station Street, YEA Ph: 03 5797 2000 www.yeapeppercorn.com.au

• Boutique Accommodation • Restaurant (indoor and outdoor seating options) • Garden Area • Lounge Bar • Wine Tasting & Live music (first Saturday of each month 3pm-6pm) • Personalised Limousine Wine Tours • Cellar Door • Private Functions • Small Weddings

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Visit the Y Water Discovery Centre and learn about wetland ecology and the importance of water resource management through interactive environmental interpretive displays. The Centre also offers guided tours of the Yea Wetlands, schools’ programs and holiday activities, an accredited Visitor Information Centre and a gift shop stocking locally made handcrafts and produce.

We are nestled in the Valley of a Thousand Hills and set on a working Alpaca farm. We offer a getaway for couples, singles and professionals.

2 Hood Street, YEA Ph: 03 5797 2663 www.ywatercentre.com.au

1657 Broadford-Flowerdale Road, STRATH CREEK Ph: 0419 528 808 bandb@wattlegrovealpacas.com.au

YEA MOTEL

Your basket of fresh bread and local produce will await your arrival in The Cottage. Australian wildlife abounds on our property and dusk awakens the local birdlife.

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Located just 90 minutes north of Melbourne, Yea Motel welcomes visitors to a picturesque garden setting with heated pool and BBQ under the aged shady trees. The nine units are bright, clean and comfortable with three family rooms sleeping four in each. Twin share units are also available. All have queen beds, ensuites and air conditioning. 8 Miller Street, YEA Ph: 03 5797 2660 www.yeamotel.com.au

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Kinglake Forest Adventures is a safe, nature oasis where you can create your own forest experience. Gently sway up high on our swing bridges exploring atop the giants of our ecosystem, hurtle (or turtle) around on mountain bikes cruising our forest tracks (electric assist available) or try out various outdoor recreation activities in our Outdoor Rec Arena. Meander along the King Parrot Creek with the local wildlife learning about the surroundings, history and the Black Saturday story with our interactive guides downloaded to your phone or tablet and available in English, Chinese or Indian. See the wallabies and relax with a coffee and snack. Only 60 minutes from the Melbourne CBD at the gateway to the Goulburn River Valley region.

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About 10kms south of Seymour, just off the Hume Freeway, you will find the township of Tallarook. Home to the start of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, Tallarook is set on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Whether you are set to cycle or simply looking to unwind, Tallarook is a cosy little spot that is well worth a visit.

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Continue on your way to the hamlets of Strath Creek and Flowerdale and you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’.

Immerse yourself in yesteryear across the Heart of Victoria. Visit one of the many museums and historical centres across the region to soak up many years of history. Go to www.heartofvictoria.com.au/history-andheritage for more information.

Catered function and small meeting rooms available. Chat to us about your next party or get together.

A quiet, tranquil park providing a relaxing stay on the banks of the Goulburn River, with family or friends or an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Maybe you are working in the area and require accommodation. Seymour is only an hours drive from Melbourne and is located in Central Victoria. A fantastic place for family reunions or to do a little fishing, canoeing, sightseeing, visiting some of the oldest wineries in the region or just relaxing under a shady tree. Dine at numerous wineries, cafes and restaurants. The park offers BBQ’s together with a spacious camp kitchen, laundry, a jumping pillow and a playground for children. Access to a public boat ramp adjoins the park.

Open 7 days. Bookings 5792 1003. 48 Emily Street, SEYMOUR Ph: 03 5792 1003 powseymour@gmail.com

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An annual exhibition featuring hundreds of quality paintings. Total awards valued at $5,500 attracting artwork by experienced artists from metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Enjoy exquisite artwork, also photography, glass art, woodwork, jewellery & more. Artist Demonstrations at the expo. Art & Roses Tours also available. All work is for sale. Held in April each year.

Kilmore is believed to be Victoria’s oldest inland town, where history and heritage has been captured in buildings, streets and land. Visit www. heartofvictoria.com.au/history-and-heritage to discover more about the fascinating history of the entire Goulburn River Valley region.

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The State Motorcycle Sports Complex is the home to motorcycle sport in Victoria. Owned by Motorcycling Victoria since 1975, this unique facility comprises of enough land to house tracks suitable for up to nine different disciplines. The SMSC is also ideally-suited to host a wide-range of community events such as community social welfare programs, including corporate events. 260 Strath Creek Road, BROADFORD Ph: 03 5784 4163 www.motorcyclingvictoria.com.au


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TO LIFE SEYMOUR’S MILITARY HISTORY SEYMOUR AND PUCKAPUNYAL SHARE A RICH AND HISTORIC PAST WITH THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY. Situated 10km west of Seymour, Puckapunyal is one of the best known army training camps in Australia and includes the Australian Army Tank Museum, which hosts a premier collection of tanks, armoured vehicles, uniforms and artifacts. Just minutes from the town of Seymour is The Australian Light Horse Memorial Park which was Victoria’s largest Army base, the Seymour Camp, known to many as Site 17. Throughout the park there are scattered relics of the Army Camp days and Anzac Hill offers 360 degree views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Enjoy exploring Mitchell Shire’s wartime heritage and discovering the proud contribution that the military has made to this area. AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE MEMORIAL PARK Goulburn Valley Highway, Seymour www.lighthorsepark.org.au AUSTRALIAN ARMY TANK MUSEUM Hopkins Barracks, Puckapunyal www.armytankmuseum.com.au *BEFORE VISITING THE MUSEUM, PLEASE ENSURE YOU VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR OPENING TIMES AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS.

VIETNAM VETERANS COMMEMORATIVE WALK THE VIETNAM VETERANS COMMEMORATIVE WALK (VVCW) IN SEYMOUR IS A UNIQUE MONUMENT DEDICATED TO THE AUSTRALIAN SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR. The VVCW is a meandering red earth path set in native trees and grasses that symbolise the rubber trees and rice paddies of the Vietnamese landscape. The entrance to the Walk is a replica of the ‘Luscombe Bowl’ troop entertainment site. The centrepiece of the Walk is an extensive DigiGlass wall engraved with the names of over 60,000 Australian personnel and eleven tracker dogs who served in the Vietnam War. The 106 panels tell the pictorial story of Australia’s involvement in Vietnam. Situated a small distance from the wall, the Remembrance panel lists the names of those Australian personnel who died during the Vietnam War. Areas of contemplation allow people to rest and reflect. The landscape is enhanced with artifacts used during the Vietnam War, including a replica of the Long Tan Cross, a Centurion tank and a Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) helicopter. High Street, Seymour (at the junction of Emily and Tallarook Streets) www.vietnamvetswalk.org.au


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From the Rabbit Ramble to the OkTOOBerfest, there is always something happening in Tooborac. To find out more about events across the Heart of Victoria go to www.heartofvictoria.com.au and click on the events tab.


MERINDOC VINTNERS, CELLAR DOOR & BISTRO

For three generations the Shelmerdine family has been among Victoria’s most prominent grape growers. With two vineyards in Heathcote we offer a variety of wine styles. Wines on tasting include Riesling, Viogner, Chardonnay, Grenache Rosé (dry), Nebbiolo, Syrah Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and of course Shiraz. The Merindoc philosophy is simple; we employ our understanding of the site, soil, and the seasons to craft wines that express the unique characteristics of our vineyards, this in turn ensures wines with a true regional identity. Surrounded by dramatic hills, sweeping vistas and spectacular granite outcrops, Merindoc Vineyard sits on McIvor Creek, site of mid-19th century gold diggings and amongst the earliest vineyards in Victoria.

Our Merindoc Cellar Door & Bistro is the ideal place to discover the balance and elegance of our wines. Let our experienced and friendly staff guide you through an educational tasting experience. The Merindoc property is also a working farm running sheep and cattle and there is a large kitchen garden adjacent to Cellar Door. Our Bistro menu is seasonally inspired and uses our own beef, lamb and garden produce. Heathcote is fast becoming one of Australia’s most loved wine regions. Good food, friendly cellar doors, spectacular landscapes, gold rush relics, local art and craft, serene bushlands and dark night skies dotted with stars make Heathcote an ideal place to explore. Cellar Door is open Friday to Monday from 10 am to 4pm for wine tastings & sales. The Bistro is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30 am to 3pm. Please check our webpage for latest menu offering and bistro hours

In a region renowned for producing some the country’s most celebrated wines, a hidden gem lies in waiting… Conveniently located at the gateway to the Heathcote Wine Region, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Mimosa Glen Homestead, Cottage and Woolshed is a jewel in the heart of Victoria’s quaint, unassuming little town of Tooborac. Built in the late 1800s, the classic Victorian period homestead has been lovingly restored by owner/ operators Sue and David Anderson and features three king size bedrooms, luxurious living spaces complete with log fire, outdoor dining and a gorgeous country style kitchen - fully equipped with everything you need for entertaining. Also located on site is the cosy Mimosa Glen Cottage, which sleeps a further four people, in two king rooms, both with private ensuites; making the property the perfect location for a group of gourmet travellers to explore this tasty region.

ACCOMMODATION 2905 Lancefield Tooborac Roads, TOOBORAC Ph: 03 5433 5188 www.merindoc.com.au

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Whether you’re after an intimate weekend away, planning a family stay or hosting a group of friends, there’s loads to experience in tiny Tooborac. From local wineries showcasing their prize drops and locally produced boutique ales to home grown, free range smallgoods and locally grown, homemade pickles, jams and assorted condiments - tasty Tooborac has it all. On top of all of this, Mimosa Glen Woolshed also offers the perfect function space. Whether it be a long anticipated wedding day, wellness retreat, special birthday or corporate team building event, the Woolshed provides picturesque views and a space that can be tailored to suit your needs. To find out more, visit www.mimosaglen.com.au or email info@mimosaglen.com.au or phone Sue on 0478 413 100.

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Renowned for welcome hospitality, comfort, delicious breakfasts and leafy tranquil gardens, Forlonge Bed & breakfast is located in the heart of Euroa within easy walking distance to town. Choose either the King/Spa Suite overlooking the garden or the two-bedroom Conservatory Suite with lounge and dining area. Separate entrances. Off-street parking. AAA Tourism, 4 1⁄2 Stars.

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A house full of the most intriguing gems, crystals and minerals from Australia and around the world. Fabulous fossils, meteorites and fluorescent minerals in colours that excite the senses plus unique jewellery and gifts made on the premises. Free admission, wheelchair friendly access, Eftpos. Group bookings welcome. Open Wed to Sun 10am - 5pm plus school and public holidays. Other times available by appointment. 31-33 Hill Street, LONGWOOD Ph: 03 5798 5595 www.therockery.com.au


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MAWSONS BAKERY CAFE

Treat yourself to one of our national award winning pies, cakes or bread! • Christmas cakes & puddings • Fruit mince tarts • Gift boxed christmas treats & hampers • Christmas cupcakes • Gingerbread santas Come & say hi to ‘marshmallow’ the snowman a wide variety of cakes, pies & breads best coffee & award winning customer service air conditioned dining room, bathroom and baby change facilities. Open Monday - Friday 6.30am-5pm Saturday and Sunday - 6.30am -3pm Closed Christmas Day Boxing Day, Public Holidays, New Years Day & 2 January open 7am - 3pm

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Overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Nagambie, now stands a life-size bronze statue of the only undefeated champion racehorse of 25 races. Black Caviar was born in 2006 at Gilgai Farm in Nagambie and as a tribute to this magnificent horse the breeder Rick Jamieson donated the statue to the community. Make sure you have your photo taken with a true racing champion in the thoroughbred Capital of Victoria. www.blackcaviartrail.com.au Jacobsons Outlook, High Street NAGAMBIE Ph: 1800 665 093 www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au

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Ph: 0475 018 743 Reservoir www.murchisonhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Italian-style thin crust pizza topped with local ingredients in the beautiful surrounds of a lush country garden. Highly regarded by food critics, The Australian, Age Good Food Guide and 3AW. Most recently featured in ‘Where to Eat Pizza’ the world’s best pizza guide. Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Lunch and Dinner. Licensed. 5 Bank Street, AVENEL Ph: 03 5796 2522


Central Victoria’s PREMIUM WINERY EXPERIENCE! The Nagambie Waterfront Motel is located in the heart of Nagambie township. It is the perfect place to stay during your next business trip or weekend getaway. As a guest you can enjoy on-site features like an outdoor heated pool and access to copy and fax services. Secure on-site parking is provided for your car or boat. If you’re looking for a day trip, weekend escape, or planning your next meeting or event, there is plenty of fishing, skiing, rowing, boating & splashing right on our doorstep. Visit: www.nagambiewaterfrontmotel.com.au or call (03) 5794 1410 for bookings.

Over the past two years, an extensive restoration and renovation program has been underway in bringing the Mitchelton Winery back to its former glory.

Australian chocolates. Offering a variety of over 70 handmade chocolates, there are plenty to choose from for the most

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discerning sweet tooth.

Cruiser has been travelling along the Goulburn River for over 12 months and is a great way to travel to the winery from the township of Nagambie. No visit to Mitchelton is complete unless you take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the vineyard and surrounding areas from the famous 55 metre ‘Ashton Tower’ observation deck, first opened

features a Rustic French inspired menu using the regionally sourced produce, designed to complement the estate grown Mitchelton Wines.

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In expanding the offer at Mitchelton, the chocolatiers, The Ministry of Chocolate have opened a chocolate factory and café located on- site Mitchelton, and are producing fine Belgium &

For more information visit: www.mitchelton.com.au Or call (03) 5736 2222

Only 90 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, the nearby township of Nagambie has a rustic charm with myriad opportunities to explore. It’s also in the heart of Victoria’s wine territory. But you won’t even need to leave the Leisure Park to have the time of your life. With luxury cabins on the riverbank, powered caravan sites or ensuite sites – you can read a book, have a game of tennis, row a boat, swim in the pool, or eat in the fabulous Chinaman’s Bridge Café. Where others promise … Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park delivers. For enquiries/bookings: (03) 5794 2373 or visit www.nagambielakespark.com.au


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Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic wineries; best known for its Rhone varietals including its rare Marsanne vines (planted 1927) and treasured Shiraz (planted 1860), which are amongst the oldest in the world.

Named as a ‘Winery to Watch’ by Wine Spectator Magazine, a ‘Five Star’ winery by James Halliday and Victoria’s Best Tourism Winery (three years in a row), Fowles Wine is a contemporary winery based in the ruggedly beautiful cool-climate wine region of the Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria.

From the elegant range of Estate grown wines, to the tranquil rolling greens and sweeping bends of the mighty Goulburn River, Mitchelton Winery has something for everyone. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the vineyard and surrounding areas from the famous 55 metre ‘Ashton Tower’ observation deck.

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There’s no better place to taste the diverse range of premium Tahbilk wines than in the original and historic Cellar Door that dates back to its founding. After your tasting, take in some of the historical significance of the Winery as you wander through and around the original underground cellars (classified by the National Trust) and cellar yard buildings, dating back to the mid and late 1800’s. Cellar Door is open Weekdays 9am – 5pm, Weekends and Public Holidays 10am – 5pm.

Fowles Wine is the world’s first winery to craft wines to match wild meat and encourage more thought around food provenance and our ‘Real Food, Real Wine’ ethos also underpins our approach to hospitality.

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The architecturally striking Tahbilk Café is the perfect place to meet friends for lunch or to revitalise after your wine tasting. Overlooking the Estate’s dedicated Wetlands Reserve, you can select from a diverse range of gourmet Café offerings matched to your preferred Tahbilk red or white, or just enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake and, if time permits, take a leisurely stroll along the Tahbilk Wetlands Eco Trails or a more relaxed Eco Cruise (please check for running times). Open Thursday to Monday 11am – 4pm. Bookings essential.

254 O’Neils Rd, Tabilk Phone: 03 5794 2555 www.tahbilk.com.au

A member of Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia (a hand selected collection of Australia’s premium wineries), expect to be welcomed by a knowledgeable and friendly team to enjoy flavours of the region through award winning cool climate wines and a delicious modern European menu.

Awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor and listed in The Age Good Food Guide for five years running, we offer tastings of all our wines that can be enjoyed with a range of antipasti and charcuterie, light bites or generous lunches. With a shaded courtyard and children’s playground, our Café has great spaces for everyone to enjoy. Fowles Wine is also suitable for a range of functions and can help plan and deliver a range of options that suit individual needs. Open 7 days, 9am-5pm, our Cellar Door Café is conveniently located just off the Hume Freeway in Avenel – we look forward to seeing you soon.

1175 Lambing Gully Rd, Avenel Phone: 03 5796 2150 www.fowleswine.com

Our award winning Cellar Door is a beautiful space to taste the range of Mitchelton Wines with our friendly and knowledgeable staff in a relaxed setting. Best known for our Rhone varietals of Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier, Shiraz, Mourvedre and Grenache, as well as the renowned Riesling, Winemaker, Travis Clydesdale, is dedicated to ensuring Mitchelton’s 40 year legacy continues. Open Daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

DINING AT MITCHELTON The Muse Restaurant at Mitchelton is a Modern Australian seasonal menu in a landscaped setting overlooking the Goulburn River and surrounding bushland. The riverside terrace offers outdoor dining, a great space to enjoy a glass of wine and a grazing platter. For a more relaxed, casual dining experience, The Ministry of Chocolate Cafe offers lunches, chocolates, coffee & tea. The Montage Room is designed to cater for a variety of functions, conferences and weddings.

THE MITCHELTON HOTEL COMING SOON! One of the most exciting developments at the Mitchelton Winery since the opening of the Chocolate Factory and Café is the Mitchelton Hotel, due for completion in 2017. The Hotel at Mitchelton will house 58 rooms in total, four of these luxurious suites, a day spa and gym facilities.

Mitchellstown Rd, Nagambie Phone: 03 5736 2222 www.mitchelton.com.au


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For the young and young at heart, enjoy the unique MooovingArt cows scattered throughout Greater Shepparton in our parks, gardens, public spaces and businesses. The ever changing public art exhibition has become part of the Greater Shepparton landscape, with over 90 3D life-size fibreglass girls in the herd. Each one is individual and distinctive in their persona, whilst some embrace our region’s key features including the fruit industry and our local indigenous culture. A hit with the kids and adults, you can keep track of the herd on Facebook and Instagram, for a full list of cows and their locations visit the website. Be sure to partake in the annual cow roundup in the September school holidays. Phone: (toll free) 1800 808 839 www.visitshepparton.com.au

To find out the hidden gems and must see places during your stay in Greater Shepparton, make the Visitor Centre your first destination.

Excitement fills the air with many great events and festivals on throughout the year in Greater Shepparton.

Our visitor experience enthusiasts can make your visit to the region a memorable one, providing comprehensive advice around planning your stay, what to see, where to go, shopping, dining out, local events, cycling, walking and touring. The professional team can also provide assistance around accommodation enquiries and help you with your event or conference needs, as well as provide tour guide services for groups and coaches – bookings are essential. We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful region and assisting you to enjoy all that Greater Shepparton has to offer. 33-35 Nixon Street, Shepparton (opposite Queens Gardens) Phone: (toll free) 1800 808 839 www.visitshepparton.com.au

Whether you seek exhilarating speed, entertaining the kids, or teasing your tastebuds there is something here just for you. Greater Shepparton is home to a myriad of events including festivals and exhibitions, national sporting events, car shows, farmers markets, food and family festivals and more. Our multiculturalism is celebrated and showcased in the annual St George’s Road Food Festival and Converge on The Goulburn Festival. It is here you can enrich yourself in exhibitions, cultural activities and of course indulge with the mouth-watering food. Arts and culture is well covered with the annual Shepparton Festival, Indigenous Ceramic Awards, bi- annual Australian Piano awards and the Shepparton Shake-Out 1950’s International Lifestyle and

Rockabilly Festival. From classic hot rods and movie cars, fashion parades, food stalls, bars and dancing with international rockabilly acts performing the awesome hits of the 50’s, this event will take you back in time. For the sport lovers, the World Series Beach Volleyball, Challenge International Triathlon, Spring Car Nationals and BMX National Series are sure to satisfy. The September school holidays see Australia’s largest adventure playground buzzing with KidsFest! With an abundance of activities for the family, you can lose yourself in the hive of activity and be a kid yourself again. Our calendar is forever changing and growing with many more events, be sure to keep up to date by visiting www.visitshepparton.com.au or follow Visit Shepparton on Facebook.


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AQUAMOVES

SPC KIDSTOWN

THE ULTIMATE IN FUN AND FITNESS Aquamoves is Greater Shepparton’s premier fitness and leisure centre located behind the picturesque Victoria Park Lake precinct in Shepparton. Whether you’re the serious sportsperson or just needing to relax and entertain the family, our facilities are perfect for you. OUTDOOR AQUATIC 50m Olympic pool, leisure pool, interactive Splash Park, sandy beach areas and free BBQ facilities. INDOOR AQUATIC 25m pool, leisure pool, hydrotherapy pool, spas (warm and cold), sauna, rapid-river, water slide and Tarzan swing.

GYMNASIUM Spacious and well-equipped, featuring a range of free weights, pin loaded equipment and variety of cardio machines. GROUP FITNESS Access to a suite of group fitness classes varying from the relaxation of Yoga to the excitement of RPM (cycling). Open 6am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 6am to 8pm Fridays, 7.00am to 5.00pm Saturdays and 8.30am to 5pm Sundays During summer the pools have extended opening hours.

Aquamoves is proudly provided by Greater Shepparton City Council 25 Tom Collins Drive, SHEPPARTON Ph: 03 5832 9400 www.aquamoves.com.au

KidsTown is the largest outdoor adventure playground in Australia with over 160,000 people visiting from all directions to take advantage of what there is to offer. KidsTown is positioned on 5 acres with giant slides, junior slides, swings, beach volleyball court, giant sandpit with diggers, teen playground, dairy mazes & a NEW Fruit-bin maze which give the kids oodles of place to explore and play.  Entry is a gold coin per person and it’s open 360 days a year. Toddlers have a wonderful time in a fenced off area of their own with a mini sandpit, slide and more (Wheelchair access is available for some equipment).  Miniature train rides also operate every weekend as well as on public holidays & Victorian school holidays. You can spend all day at KidsTown with your family and friends and use the many BBQ’s in sheltered & shaded areas to cook up breakfast, lunch or an early dinner as

the playground is open from dawn to dusk. KidsTown also offers a new healthy menu for families with coffee, cold drinks, a range of light lunch & snacks in the KidsTown Cafe. Large family parties, groups and school excursion are encouraged to book an area as KidsTown is one of the biggest children’s party destinations in the region.  KidsTown has its own Community Garden zone that is the perfect place for school excursion as we now offer specialized programs for your school and group booking. KidsTown hosts a range of small to massive events throughout the year. The biggest being ‘KidsFest’, the children’s festival which is held on the first weekend of the Victorian September / October school holidays. For more information visit www.sheppkidsfest.com.au.

7287 Midland Highway, MOOROOPNA (1km from Shepparton CBD) Ph: 03 5831 4213 www.kidstown.org.au


Shepparton Art Museum, affectionately known as SAM, has developed a reputation as one of regional Australia’s leading cultural institutions. SAM has exclusive exhibitions, lectures and workshops for all ages, and holds a significant collection of ceramic, historical paintings and contemporary art in all media. A particular local favourite is Sam Jinks’ Woman and Child (2010), which was purchased with the assistance of community donations in 2010.

70 Welsford Street, Shepparton VIC w sheppartonartmuseum.com.au p (03) 5832 9861 @sam_shepparton

Guided tours are available on request, giving visitors a unique opportunity to engage with art and ideas on display. Visit SAM’s website for full details on current and upcoming exhibitions and public programs and see why saying hello to SAM has become a must do on the cultural calendar. SAM is open 7 days, 10am - 4pm, public holidays 1pm - 4pm Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Entry is free, and SAM is an all ability access venue.


GOTAFE - DOOKIE WINE SHOW

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE GOULBURN VALLEY GOTAFE is the regions’ preferred education provider, with campuses located in the heart of Shepparton, Seymour, Benalla and Wangaratta in the North East. Education is vital for our community to grow and prosper. That’s why we offer training in all major industries; Health, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Creative Studies, Rural Industries and Technical Trades. GOTAFE is training the workforce of tomorrow. Our students gain real life experience thanks to handson training, delivered by passionate Trainers who have all worked in the industry. They teach in a way that’s practical and easy to understand. We provide our students with simulated work environments, from hospital rooms to automotive workshops, plus hair salons and day spa’s open to the public.

QUALITY HOTEL PARKLAKE

Our short courses and full qualifications are designed to prepare our students with the skills to build a rewarding career within our region. We are actively involved in community events, with our Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management students instrumental in delivering the Dookie Wine Show. Our students experience the buzz surrounding a major event and learn the art of collaboration, presenting a unique culinary experience to the community. Another permanent fixture on the GOTAFE calendar is our Masterclass Series where accomplished Chefs visit our regional campuses to expand our students’ horizons. Our on-site Restaurants are a destination in their own right, open to the public for lunch and dinner throughout the year. GOTAFE is proud to be at the heart of the Goulburn Valley. Let us be part of your future.

This most comfortable of hotels is in a prime location overlooking picturesque Lake Victoria, only a few minutes walk from a vibrant CBD, wonderful shopping and attractions. All 101 accommodation rooms are equipped with pillow top mattresses, 42” LED TV with Foxtel, free high speed Wi-Fi, reverse cycle air conditioning, mini bar and room service. The property also features a indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and gymnasium. There are 5 function rooms onsite which can cater for small groups or large gatherings seating up to 250 people. All function rooms are equipped with modern amenities and free car parking is provided. The Café-Bar-Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

PARKLAKE RESTAURANT

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Having a reputation for delicious food and excellent service makes the Parklake a popular dining destination. Enjoy a modern Australian menu 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch or dinner and everything in between. Dine indoors in the stylish & comfortable surroundings, or enjoy a meal on the terrace overlooking Lake Victoria & surrounding parklands. The perfect place to catch up with friends for a latte after lunch, or to enjoy a cocktail before the sun goes down. Thinking of staying the night in Shepparton? Your travels can be further enhanced by access to the property’s 101 accommodation rooms. Choose between a variety of well appointed standard, deluxe, family, spa suites or apartments. Relax & enjoy life at the Parklake.

Relax and enjoy life at the Parklake. SEYMOUR, SHEPPARTON, BENALLA, WANGARATTA Ph: 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) www.gotafe.vic.edu.au

481 Wyndham Street, SHEPPARTON Ph: 03 5821 5822 www.parklake.com.au

481 Wyndham Street, SHEPPARTON Ph: 03 5821 5822 www.parklake.com.au

SHEPPARTON


Cycling & Walking in Greater Shepparton Cycling and Walking From busy urban streets to peaceful riverside pathways, our city, towns and rural areas can be explored either by foot or bicycle. The Walk in Greater Shepparton and Cycle in Greater Shepparton guides provides you with comprehensive coverage of our tracks and trails with useful, easy to read maps, individual features for each route, safety and good practice information, annual events and our local club listings. Our walk guide routes have also been evaluated for accessibility.

Dookie and Murchison Rail Trail DOOKIE RAIL TRAIL Walk or Ride

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DOOKIE RAIL TRAIL Walk or Ride

DOOKIE RAIL TRAIL Walk or Ride

Location

The start of the Dookie Rail Trail is directly opposite the Gladstone Hotel in Mary Street.

Two fantastic trails for easy walking, cycling and riding: The Dookie Rail Trail offers vistas of rolling hills, seasonal crops and wildlife along its 9.3km, while the Murchison Box Ironbark Trail reaches 7.7km from historic Murchison, passing significant wetlands, flora and fauna including red gums, kangaroos and brolgas.

Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre Open 7 Days - 9.00am to 5.00pm

Dookie is a short drive

from four large regional city centres:

Shepparton Benalla Yarrawonga Wangaratta

30 kms (25 mins) 40 kms (30 mins) 70 kms (40 mins) 65 kms (50 mins)

Dookie Attractions

When you get to Dookie

you will find a range of unexpected treasures.

Walk in Greater Shepparton

Dookie CWA Gardens

/ Park

The gardens provide lots of shade, a lawned area, a free Lions BBQ with undercover seating and tables, toilets disabled) and an extensive (inc. playground for children along with a lovely walking/kids gravel bike path. Don’t forget to check out the MooovingArt Cow.

Dookie Emporium

& Café A large collection of antiques and collectables to excite you along with a boutique cafe selling local produce. Enjoy lunch or a cup of tea or coffee and be tempted by scrumptious desserts! (open Fri-Sun).

Friends of the Dookie Enquiries & friends are

33 Nixon Street, Shepparton (opposite Queens Gardens)

Rail Trail

always welcome

Contact Peter McManus – Dookie Rail Trail Co-ordinato r Address: PO Box 31 Dookie Victoria Australia 3646 Mobile: 0439 118 872 Email: psmcmanus@iinet.net.a u For more Rail Trails information visit www.railtrails.org.au

For more information about Dookie & District please visit:

www.lifestyledookie.com

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DOOKIE ... Something for everyon e!

This original store has it

all, ice-creams, sweet treats, drinks and so much more!

Dookie Gladston

Tallis Wine

Cellar Door Discover Tallis Wine Cellar Door offering boutique seasonal platters and magnificent wines, views of the Dookie district, located 7km south-east of Dookie. Open Tue to Thurs 10am - 3pm. Fri to Sun 11am - 5pm. Ph. 0437 825 547. University of Melbourn

e - Dookie

Campus Also worth a visit is the historical Agricultural College and grounds (est. 1886) 9km south-east of Dookie.

Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre 33 Nixon Street, Shepparton Open 9.00am - 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day Phone: 03 5832 9330 or toll free 1800 808 839

www.discoversheppart on.com.au

A WAlking guide to greAter SheppArton

Including the Yahna Gurtji

Shared Path Network

For further information about these and many other trails check out the Greater Shepparton Walk and Cycle guides.

T: (03) 5832 9330 / 1800 808 839 E: info@visitshepparton.com.au

Dookie General Store

e Hotel Enjoy a cool ale or taste a local wine and stay on for dinner, you’ll love the ambience of this local Dookie landmark. Open Tues to Sun. Dinner Wed to Sat. Lunch on Sun. Ph. 03 5828 6237.

Discover all the region has to offer from our scenic routes to those steeped in history and enjoy the hospitality of our region whilst on the move. These pocket sized guides are available from the Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre or online at our website.

For Further information

Total Distance: 4.7kms (one way) or 9.3kms (return) Timing: Brisk Walk (return) Approx. 2hrs Casual Ride (return) Approx. 1.5hrs

www.discoversheppart on.com.au Proudly supported by Greater Shepparton City

Council

W: www.visitshepparton.com.au


THE CHURCHES

The Churches is an award winning holiday house perfect for you to settle in and enjoy the Heart of Victoria. Five minutes from the centre of Shepparton, this four star three bedroom, two bathroom home away from home offers privacy in a rural location but is close to local shopping and attractions. The fully self contained venue inspires privacy and relaxation with spacious living areas and gorgeous gardens with BBQ and small playground. The kitchen and bathrooms have all you need for a weekend, or a week. Beautiful interiors, a unique charming setting and outstanding customer service by your hosts is what sets The Churches apart. • • • • •

Perfect for families, couples and group getaways Bridal packages a specialty Multi night rates Breakfast baskets available Onsite parking

325 Poplar Avenue, ORRVALE Ph: 0410 561 934 www.thechurches.com.au

OUT IN THE OPEN FESTIVAL

OUTintheOPEN is Greater Shepparton’s festival celebrating pride and community diversity. Join us in November for a weekend of fun, food, film, friends and fabulousness!

TATURA HOT BREAD

CHOCOLATE APPLE FACTORY

Try our Multi Award Winning Vanilla Slice - so famous that people travel from far and wide just to try some! Visit the bakery and your mouth will water from the aroma of freshly baked bread, cakes and other treats. Try their gold medal winning chicken and chunky steak flavoured pies! Open Mon - Fri, 5.45am 5.30pm. Sat, 6am - 2pm and Sun, 8am - 2pm.

Incredible treats that look too good to eat but take that first bite and be lost forever in creamy caramel, chocolate and fresh apple! Other products include: juices, jams and chocolates

130 Hogan Street, TATURA Ph: 03 5824 1267 www.taturahotbread.com.au

95 School Road, SHEPPARTON EAST Ph: 03 5829 2353 www.chocolateapplefactory.com.au

KAIELA ARTS

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Open Nov, Dec, Jan – 7 days a week Feb - Closed, Mar to Oct Thurs - Mon

COLD ROCK ICE CREAMERY

Our line-up of events in previous years has included comedy & canapes, a queer-themed film screening, lazy lunch, a Glamour Party with drag queens, Thai food banquets, meditation, our BIG community brunch, a health/wellbeing forum for LGBTI people, and our signature event - Carnival Day - with music, dykes on bikes, fabulous food, entertainment, and so much more! OUTintheOPEN Festival was developed to address some of the inequalities faced by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ) & allied communities and to build a more inclusive community in Greater Shepparton. OUTintheOPEN is a project led by Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. and is proudly supported by many other organisations and community groups. Join us this year!

Our Aboriginal community run arts centre and retail gallery is located in Shepparton’s CBD. We enable Aboriginal artists in the Kaiela-Dungala region to tell their stories through art. Established in 2006, Kaiela Arts represents over 80 Aboriginal artists. We are open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and by appointment

Create your own amazing ice cream combination. Choose from 30 flavours including Cookies & Cream, Peanut Butter or Raspberry Sorbet and then watch as staff cleverly use the coldrock to mix in your favourite chocolate, lollies, fruit and hot fudge sauces. Plus Super Shakes and Smoothies, take home packs and cakes that you can create yourself. Choose it Mix it Smash it love it!

PO Box 851, SHEPPARTON Ph: 0418 511 562 www.outintheopen.org.au or www.gvpride.org

137-139 High Street, SHEPPARTON Ph: 03 5821 9842 www.facebook.com/GalleryKaielaIncorporated/

465 Wyndham St, SHEPPARTON (located behind KFC) Ph: 03 5821 5444 www.coldrock.com.au

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HOTEL AUSTRALIA

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MOOROOPNA INC.

TALLIS WINE

The Aussie Hotel, conveniently situated in the middle of Shepparton, is a family run pub that prides itself on exceptional food, great service and friendly atmosphere. With live entertainment on weekends, great function facilities or if you’d just like a quiet drink in Jacks Bar or enjoy the sunshine in our new beer garden, at the Aussie we’ve got you covered!

Showcasing one of the finest collections of medical historical significance within regional Victoria from C1875 – to the present day. Also featured is the history of local rural industries such as fruit growing, canning, milling, and irrigation as well as heirloom clothing, family and military histories. Open Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm, Sundays from 1pm to 4pm or by appointment. Wheelchair friendly.

Discover warm hospitality at our relaxed cellar door perched above an ever-changing landscape. Be guided through a wine tasting and share a regional grazing platter. Experience captivating natural beauty, fireside or on our relaxed deck. From cellar door, our Rock Correa walking track (1 hr return) offers a chance to take in breathtaking panoramas. Open Tues - Thurs, 10am 3pm, Frid - Sun, 11am - 5pm. Closed Monday.

73 Fryers St, SHEPPARTON Ph: 03 5821 4011 www.aussiehotel.net.au

30 Park Street, MOOROOPNA Ph: 0428 252 144 www.hsm.org.au

195 Major Plains Road, DOOKIE Ph: 0437 825 547 www.talliswine.com.au

DON’T FORGET FOOD ENTERPRISES AT GV HOTEL

MOOROOPNA GOLF CLUB

Don’t Forget Food Enterprises at the GV Hotel is the Goulburn Valley’s premiere dining, function, wedding, conference & entertainment venue. The GV Hotel offers modern cuisine. Our menu choices are extensive and our talented and innovative Owner and Executive Chef Gracie Sharwood and the team, use the freshest ingredients to make mouth watering dishes your guests will be talking about for a long time.

Located just 4kms from Shepparton, this picturesque 18 hole course lays alongside the Goulburn River, and is lined throughout with native bush land and wildlife, for a truly relaxing golfing experience. There’s on-course golf tuition, a well stocked Pro Shop, plus spacious club house with bar and superb dining facilities. Open 7 days a week.

223 High Street, SHEPPARTON Ph: 03 5821 9822 www.dontforgetgv.com.au

2 Fairway Drive, MOOROOPNA Ph: 03 5825 4135 www.mooroopnagolfclub.com

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Opened in August 2014 the Y Water Discovery Centre features a fully accredited Visitor Information Centre with interactive environmental interpretive displays to inform visitors about the importance of water and local wetland ecology. Located adjacent to the beautiful Yea Wetlands the Centre is a striking, architecturally designed building incorporating sustainable design elements and native landscaping. A range of local produce, gifts and artworks is available to purchase and the Centre can also be hired for meetings and functions. Guided tours of the Wetlands are also available bookings essential. The Centre is fully accessible and offers ample parking with a recreational vehicle dump point. Enjoy our free BBQ facilities and shaded picnic areas. The Y Water Discovery Centre is open seven days a week, 9am - 5pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday). For further information visit our website, follow us on Facebook or drop by the Centre and chat with our friendly staff. 2 Hood Street, Yea, Victoria 3717 Phone: 03 5797 2663 info@ywatercentre.com.au ywatercentre.com.au


Information Centres Greater Shepparton 33 – 35 Nixon Street, Shepparton Ph: 1800 808 839 or 03 5832 9330 www.visitshepparton.com.au

Alexandra Rotary Park, Grant Street, Alexandra Ph: 03 5772 1100 E: info@alexandratourism.com www.alexandratourism.com

Seymour 47 Emily Street, Seymour Ph: 03 5799 0233 www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Marysville Murchison Street, Marysville Ph: 03 5963 4567 www.marysvilletourism.com

Eildon Main Street, Eildon Ph: 03 5774 2909 www.lakeeildon.com

Y Water Discovery Centre Cnr Hood & High Street, Yea Ph: 03 5797 2663 www.ywatercentre.com.au

Euroa Hub Tourist and Resident Information Binney Street, Euroa Ph: 03 5795 1199 www.euroa.org.au

Nagambie Lakes & Strathbogie Ranges High Street, Nagambie Ph: 1800 444 647 or 03 5794 1471 www.nagambielakestourism.com.au

Euroa Shell Freeway Service Centre Hume Highway (north of Euroa – Southbound) Ph: 1800 444 647 open 24/7

Fowles Wine Cnr Lambing Gully and Hume Highway, Avenel Ph: 03 5796 2150

For more information visit www.heartofvictoria.com.au.

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