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THE HEART OF THE MURRAY LOCATED on the Murray River between Robinvale and Kerang, Swan Hill in the early 1850s was a major inland trading port. Today the township is widely considered to be “the heart of the Murray.”

From the moment you enter the town, the wide tree-lined streets and easy access to the beautiful Murray River and surrounds will help you to relax and unwind. The Murray River throughout Swan Hill is lined with a number of parks including the revamped Riverside Park on Monash Drive which has picnic areas, barbecue facilities, exercise equipment, playgrounds and well lit walking trails perfect for a picnic or family outing. One of the most popular tourist attractions in town is the Pioneer Settlement which recreates the atmosphere of a pioneer river port town, and is situated at the junction of the Murray and Little Murray Rivers. The Pioneer Settlement offers a number of attractions such as paddle steamer cruises along the Murray River aboard the restored 1896 Paddle Steamer Pyap, or the world class Heartbeat of the Murray light show spectacular. Swan Hill today is a place with

Step-back-in-time as you walk through the Swan Hill township and observe some of the fine architecture that has been exquisitely restored, such as the 1888 Guardian building, or the 1935 Town Hall quintessentially the very essence of an early settlement town, dressed up with the very best of modern convenience. Undergoing some major renovations, the Town Hall has been transformed into a beautifully restored and elegant conference and events venue, helping to bring the local community together. Swan Hill’s commercial centre is located around Campbell Street and the wide boulevard of McCallum Street which crosses the Murray River over a narrow bridge into New South Wales.


Population Approximately 10,431 (2011 census) Location 338 kilometres north-west of Melbourne

consistently pleasant weather and a variety of unique attractions. A range of restaurants and cafes showcase the very best of local produce, with the influence of many international flavours of a very rich and culturally diverse

community. There is always something on, and between the very active sporting community, and the thriving theatrical and artistic scene, you won’t fall short of things to do when visiting Swan Hill.


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Rich River Golf Resort ...................................... 37

Lake Boga Post Office ...................................... 18 Jamies Fine Dressings ...................................... 18 Lake Boga Marine & Automotive .................... 20

KYABRAM Kyabram Fauna Park ......................................... 36

SWAN HILL Wood Wood Caravan Park ................................. 3


ROBINVALE Robinvale Wines ............................................... 22 Robinvale Estate ............................................... 22


Jacaranda Motel ................................................. 7 Comfort Inn Campbell ..................................... 10


Moulamein IGA ................................................. 23

Swan Hill Holiday Park .................................... 13

Swan Hill RSL ..................................................... 6 Bjs Delight ........................................................... 8 Spoons Riverside ................................................ 9 Swan Hill Club .................................................. 13 Andrew Peace Wines ........................................ 15 Murray Downs Golf and Country Club


Murray Downs Resort ...................................... 40

LAKE BOGA Lake Boga Caravan Park .................................. 19 Lake Boga Hotel .............................................. 20


LAKE BOGA Jamies Fine Dressings ...................................... 18

Euston Bowling Club ....................................... 21

TOOLEYBUC River Retreat Units .......................................... 17

ROBINVALE/EUSTON Euston Bowling Club ........................................ 21 Robinvale Wines ............................................... 22 Robinvale Estate ............................................... 22

MOULAMEIN Edward River Riverfront Accommodation ..... 23

TOOLEYBUC Tooleybuc Sporting Club .................................. 17

KOONDROOK – BARHAM Club Barham .................................................... 31


BALRANALD Shamrock Hotel ................................................ 26 Balranald Bakery ............................................... 26

Lake Charm Caravan Park ............................... 28


Ibis Caravan Park ............................................. 28

Moulamein Bowling Club ................................ 23

Kerang Valley Resort ....................................... 29


Club Barham ..................................................... 31 Royal Hotel Barham ......................................... 32



Winbi River Resort ........................................... 37

Kerang Sporties ................................................ 27 The Wood Box ................................................... 28 Chinos ................................................................ 28 Gospoda Eatery ................................................ 29

Adelphi Apartments ........................................ 38 Rivergum Motor Inn ........................................ 38


LODDON SHIRE Simply Tomatos ................................................ 34 Coffee Bank ....................................................... 34 Bridgewater Bakehouse ................................... 35

SWAN HILL Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery ......................... 5 Olson Pheasant Farm ...................................... 14 Swan Hill Jockey Club ...................................... 14 Murray Downs Golf and Country Club ........... 40 Pioneer Settlement ............................................ 2

LAKE BOGA Flying Boat Museum ....................................... 18 Lake Boga Observatory ................................... 19

ROBINVALE Euston Bowling Club ....................................... 21


Moama Sports Club .......................................... 37 Wisteria Tea Rooms .......................................... 38

INFORMATION CENTRES & COUNCILS Swan Hill Incorporated .................................... 16 Balranald Shire ................................................. 25 Gannawarra Shire ............................................. 30 Loddon Valley Shire ......................................... 33




Moulamein Art Gallery .................................... 24

Northern Shoe Store .......................................... 3 Battery World ...................................................... 6 Nifty Auto Rentals .............................................. 8 Lolly Arcade ........................................................ 8 Blue Sky Outdoor .............................................. 11 Syd Wilson ......................................................... 12 Swan Hill Caravans ........................................... 12 Swan Hill Automotive ...................................... 15

Club Barham .................................................... 31

LODDON SHIRE Simply Tomatos ................................................ 34

Halls Home Hardware ...................................... 29 Betta Home Living ............................................ 29 Loddon Valley Disposals ................................. 30

LOCAL MARKETS Swan Hill Rotary Market .................................... 9 Murrabit Market ................................................ 27

CONTENTS Swan Hill ......................................................... 3-16 Tooleybuc ........................................................... 17 Lake Boga ...................................................... 18-20 Robinvale ...................................................... 21-22 Moulamein .................................................... 23-24 Balranald ....................................................... 25-26 Gannawarra Shire ......................................... 27-30 Koondrook-Barham ...................................... 31-32 Loddon Shire ................................................ 33-35 Kyabram ............................................................. 36 Echuca/Moama ............................................. 37-38 What’s on ............................................................ 39

TOURIST NEWS Published by The Guardian, Swan Hill 54 McCallum Street, Swan Hill, 3585 Phone: (03) 5032 2161 SALES MANAGER

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Jade Bate Ken Jenkins Angus Verley


Mic Auricht Danielle Wilckens


Tooleybuc Sporting Club ................................. 17




KurracaBurN Heights ...................................... 34

Rich River Golf Resort ..................................... 37

Barham Newsagency ........................................ 32

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Ten Steps at Swan Hill Riverfront. Photo by Cath Voigt.

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MAJESTIC LAKE TYRRELL JUST north of the Sea Lake township and approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Swan Hill lies the surreal Lake Tyrrell, an attraction not to be missed when you are travelling along the Calder Highway.

platform allowing visitors to see the vast span of the lake and the magnificent colours it radiates due to the unique mineral composition.

The lake, discovered in 1838 by Australian explorer Edward Eyre while in search of new grazing land, today houses a wide array of wildlife from kangaroos, emus and white-faced chats.

In recent years, Lake Tyrrell has become increasingly popular with Chinese tourists who visit the shallow salt crusted lake for impressive reflective photos, after being advertised on a number of the country’s websites as a top Australian tourist destination.

Located 7km north of Sea Lake, the lake provides a viewing

The lake, which has high levels of salinity due to it being fed by

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery aims to inspire and challenge visitors with a wonderful blend of touring exhibitions, workshops and diverse local art. It is home to one of Australia’s most comprehensive

groundwater, boasts a unique pink azure attractive to a wide number of tourists. The shallow, salt-encrusted depression covers roughly 20,860 hectares and each year hosts the oldest running off-road motorsport event in Australia, the Sea Lake Mallee Rally. The Rally is held annually during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June and brings thousands of people to the region. The gruelling 85 kilometre track

challenges competitors with a variety of surfaces including grass, sand, salt and clay. The competitors navigate the circuit, endeavouring to complete four laps all the while avoiding obstacles such as numerous gates and trees. To access the viewing platform all other times of the year for your viewing pleasure, follow the sign and take a short drive off the Calder Highway, about a five minute drive north of Sea Lake.

collections of naïve art, and the prestigious biennial National Print and Drawing Award. The Gallery hosts live outdoor music and events, while inside concerts often feature the 1923 Steinway and Sons grand piano.

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GUIDING THE REGION DROP into the Swan Hill Region Information Centre and let the friendly and helpful staff assist you with all of your tourist information needs.

drink in town, regional events, or just some good old fashioned local insight, they can help you make the most of your time in this beautiful region.

The centre has an extensive range of free local or visitor information, to make your time in Swan Hill and surrounds a breeze.

The Swan Hill Region Information Centre provides a conference room, rest rooms attached to the building and a booking office for the many events and shows hosted in the region throughout the year.

Whether you are interested in local history, the best places to eat and

The ticketing system allows the staff to make you a booking for the many events easily, over the phone or in person. Some of the region’s best produce is on offer at the centre as well as quality souvenirs, maps, home wares and locally produced beauty products. The Swan Hill Region Information Centre is an accredited information

centre and is open from 9am-5pm every day of the year, except for Christmas Day. A 24-hour-touch-screen can be accessed at the front of the centre and contains a variety of local and regional information. The centre is located at the corner of McCrae and Curlewis Street in the CBD, just across from Beaurepaires.




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WALK TOWARDS THE LIGHT Set on the banks of the Little Murray River at Swan Hill’s Pioneer Settlement, the worldclass Heartbeat of the Murray is a 360-degree multi-media light show spectacular, unlike anything seen in Australia before. Using water, light, laser, sound and special effects to tell the story of the Murray, you’ll be transported back 30 million years, before travelling forward through time to the Murray River as we know it today. Pioneer Settlement operations manager Grant Jones said the power and wonder of lasers, lights,

and water was remarkable. “You’re transported through the ages to experience the Murray River’s amazing story, from the prehistoric era to the pioneer days,” Mr Jones said. “It is a fully immersive experience that is a must see for all tourists and locals alike.” This state-of-the-art show is the first of its kind in the world to use a natural river environment and setting as the background. “The Heartbeat of the Murray laser light show has been made possible thanks to funding from the Federal

and State governments, and Swan Hill Rural City Council,” he said. Open every night of the year other than Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day, the show runs at varying times depending on daylight savings, with multiple shows per night in the peak tourist season. The Heartbeat of the Murray is completely eco-friendly as it recycles water from the Murray River to power its high-powered fountains and water screens, complemented by energy efficient LED lighting. “The Heartbeat of the Murray has

been a revelation for the Pioneer Settlement,” Mr Jones said. “The thousands of visitors that have seen the show so far have all made very positive comments.” The Heartbeat of the Murray has won first place honours for the best International Multimedia Show at the 2016 International Laser Display Association awards. Ticket prices vary and are available on the Pioneer Settlement website at Special discount rates are available for groups or through different multi-pass packages.

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DA VINCI THE EXTRAORDINARY Swan Hill Art Gallery will be home to Victoria’s first showing of the Da Vinci Machines exhibition. If you are passing through town between June 23 and August 20 be sure to wander down to the Art Gallery, conveniently located by the picturesque Murray River, and marvel at the replica works of Leonardo Da Vinci; scientist, artist, inventor and creator. The interactive exhibition, featuring more than 50 of his machines and inventions, preserves the taste and flare of renaissance Italy. Swan Hill Art Gallery director Ian Tully said that the extraordinary exhibition has been fabricated from Da Vinci’s drawings and designs. “It is just a remarkable opportunity to see some of these ideas come to life, some are life size and others are scale models, but there is a lot of works,” he said. “Some of the works will be displayed in other parts of Swan

Hill. There will be work in the library and information centre but the bulk of the exhibition of course will be in the gallery itself.” During the exhibition, which spans some two months, a series of events related to the exhibition are due to take place. On June 30 at midday, listen to Mr Tully discuss the exhibition itself on the floor of the gallery, or later in the exhibition transport yourself to the European home of Da Vinci with an Italian style afternoon tea on August 5 at 2.30pm. If you happen to be in town on August 12, enjoy a tour through the Da Vinci Machines exhibition with local sculptor Steve Cole at 11am. Mr Tully said the exhibition would offer interactive features that visitors could enjoy. “There is the opportunity to wind the handles, levers and gears and so forth and see some of these models actually work in real time,” Mr Tully said. “I think the fact that you have the

opportunity to interact, it is really going to connect with a whole range of ages.” Mr Tully said the exhibition itself originated from Italy, the ‘Artisans of Florence’ responsible for restoring a touch of Da Vinci’s

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RIVERSIDE PARK: A SANCTUARY FOR TOURISTS AND LOCALS ALIKE As you drive through Swan Hill, hopefully you will stop and take in the merits of the mighty Murray River. If you head on down towards the river that marks the border between Victoria and New South Wales, you will undoubtedly cross through Riverside Park. The park features luscious green grass and peaceful, tranquil walking trails that are all shaded by the riverside gum trees. Riverside

Park is a must visit when spending time in Swan Hill. Swan Hill Mayor Les McPhee said the town has been blessed with a natural water source that fluctuates dramatically from full to empty, making it a unique natural asset. “It is one of the unique parts of the Murray River, we don’t have a weir as such and our river is in its natural state,” Cr McPhee said. As you stroll past the pond and exercise machines you may take

notice of how new and well-kept the area looks. The park has recently undergone upgrades to include some unique features with comfort and health in mind. “What we have completed so far is the walking tracks and the fitness stations, the park has very scenic lighting along the walking track as well,” Cr McPhee said. “The bicycle path and exercise stations are about making sure

that our locals and tourists alike can maintain a healthy lifestyle.” The park is a beautiful place to stretch your legs on a long drive or set up a picnic for lunch. HOT TIP: If you are staying overnight in Swan Hill, pop your sneakers on and head on down for a peaceful walk along the Murray in the morning. You will catch the golden light as it streams through the gum trees.


Swan Hill

Rotary Market

Sunday — Wednesday: 8am-5pm Thursday — Saturday: 8am-11pm Showcasing fresh, seasonal and regional produce. Located on the little Murray River Specialising in weddings, functions and special events.

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EAT FRESH, EAT LOCAL Experience the fresh taste of the region’s finest produce, direct from the farmers themselves, in the unique and tranquil environment of Swan Hill’s Riverside Park. The Swan Hill Farmers Market is held on the first Sunday of each month on the banks of the picturesque Murray River. The market provides the perfect location to relax and indulge in an array of unique tastes and flavours, all the while filling up your basket with some of the

region’s finest produce. Some of the fresh produce available includes a variety of different fruit and vegetables, certified organic meats, olives, olive oil and breads. Stroll down to the markets early Sunday morning, grab yourself a freshly-brewed coffee and bask in the early morning sun while your kids run around and enjoy the many activities on offer for the little ones. Live fresh like the locals do.


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ALL ABOARD One hour cruises depart from the Pioneer Settlement every day at 2.30pm and an extra service is added on weekends, public holidays and school holidays at 10.30am. The ‘Pyap,’ is Swan Hill’s grand 30 metre long, almost five metre wide paddlesteamer. Originally constructed in Mannum in 1896, the Pyap was captained 500km up and down the Murray River, selling goods from the serving counter. The paddle steamer can float in less than one metre of water, making it the perfect vessel for the natural stretch of Murray River that flows through the Swan Hill area. No cruise of the Murray would be complete without a captain and deckhand.

Captain Bill Hogg and deckhand Carol Hogg are lucky enough to call the Murray their office, and no day is ever the same. Captain Hogg was born and raised on the river. His father was a riverboat captain, making the shores of the Murray his inheritance of sorts. “His education was up and down the river more than formally at school, you develop a love for the river when you are born into it,” Ms Hogg said. Both Mr and Ms Hogg believe the best part of cruising the Murray is the unique nature of the Swan Hill area. “Swan Hill is a lot different to Mildura and South Australia, you have weirs down there but we are not under the influence, we just have the natural Murray,” Ms

Hogg said. “This is where the Mallee meets the Murray, you have the red dirt and then you have got water,” Mr Hogg said.

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A DETAILED INTERACTIVE GUIDE TO THE REGION Coming to the region? Get online and visit the Swan Hill region’s interactive website featuring all the hottest tourist destinations, key attractions, things to do, accommodation and food and wine in the Swan Hill region. The newly developed website funded by Swan Hill Incorporated and the Swan Hill Council is the portal to what is going on in the region. forms part of the Murray River Tourism digital platform and addresses a wide audience from visitors, to members of the local community. The streamline and easy to

navigate website makes your time visiting the region as simplified and stress free as possible. You can jump online to book local shows, hotels, restaurants and accommodation with just a few clicks of the finger. Swan Hill Incorporated marketing co-ordinator Julie Wiggins said the comparisons between the old website and the new website were quite significant. “The new website is a lot more user friendly in the eye of the tourist and visitor alike,” she said. “The navigation menu is very selfexplanatory and easy to use.”

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MAGIC AT THE SHOW The Swan Hill show brings smiles to the faces of locals and tourists alike each year. Due to be held on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, the show will delight, surprise and entertain every age group. Friday night will feature a fireworks display and see the return of the whip industry motorbikes to the Swan Hill show. The stunt motorcycle group have previously wowed crowds in the past but were absent from last year’s show spectacular. Chainsaw sculptor Rob Bast will perform on both days and is set to impress crowds with his selftaught sculpting skills. The circus will also be coming to town with a spot of juggling and unicycle riding, ensuring the Swan Hill show will be as wacky as it is


entertaining. The show will also feature crowd favourites like the animal nursery, pipe band and stock competitions. Publicity officer for the Swan Hill District Agricultural and Pastoral Society Tricia Witney said this year would mark the 122nd edition of the annual show. “It is a good glimpse at country life for tourists, it is good and simple entertainment,” Ms Witney said. “The show has a great country atmosphere, we have a huge horse section, we have cows and we have a hoof and hook competition.” If you are in town for the show weekend, be sure to catch some of Swan Hill’s most delightful and daring entertainment on offer.


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FAMILY FUN DAY Australia’s Largest Free Range Gamebird Farm Guided Tours • Picnic in a delightful garden setting • Walk-in Aviary • Farm Produce For Sale Open Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm — Weekends & Public Holidays by appointment Ian & Ros Harbour — 5030 2648 — 2167 Chillingollah Rd, Nowie

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EVERY October Swan Hill closes the main street and the town comes alive. Swan Hill Market Day is a chance for local retailers to give back to the community that supports them. The street is closed off and the retailers bring their wares out of the shops and onto the street. They are joined by other community groups and service clubs who join in the festivities to do a spot of fundraising — whether it’s a barbecue put on by

the Girl Guides, or the local RSL selling raffle tickets. There’s something for everyone as the street fills with displays of cars, a jumping castle, face painting, street entertainers and buskers. Last year was the first year market day was held on a Saturday and the wider community showed their appreciation with huge crowds supporting the day. This year’s market day will be held on October 21.



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FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS ARE you ready to get your feathers ruffled? Take a trip to the Olson Pheasant Farm for an ‘emu’sing time! The farm has recently changed hands and the new owners Ian and Ros Harbour have been working hard to transform and update the pheasant farm for visitors to the region. The Harbours purchased the farm in 2016 and have been busily collecting new bird bloodlines and updating the enclosures and habitat. The recently updated walk-in bird aviary allows you to make a few fine feathered friends, with ducks,

chooks, pheasants and a variety of other bird species roaming freely by your feet or even above your head! The farm is located at 2167 Chillingollah Road with signs directing you from the highway. Visitors are welcome to experience this rare and quirky attraction from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday. The Harbours would like you to call 5030 2648 and book an appointment if you wish to visit on Sunday and public holidays. Adult tickets are $10, seniors $8 and a family pass is $25.





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Population Approximately 176 (2011 census) Location 383 kilometres north of Melbourne

INAUGURAL BLUES FESTIVAL Tooleybuc is the home of music in the Mallee region. The Tooleybuc Sporting Club hosts five festivals each year across a range of genres. Take the trip across the border this July 7-9 and enjoy the smooth tunes permeating the air at the first-ever Tooleybuc Blues Festival. With a fantastic line-up, including the Buxom Blues quartet and the Blue Sundays, along with local acts The Breakaways and Blues Berries, the festival is sure to be a hit. Tooleybuc Sporting Club manager Hank Van Der Veen said they were excited to add blues to the mix of musical experiences on offer in a town nestled on the banks of the

mighty Murray River. “This is our inaugural blues festival,” Mr Van Der Veen said. “We are hoping to get a good crowd, we have basically covered every genre now.” The size of the Tooleybuc Sporting Club makes it the perfect host for the festival. “We have a fantastic club here for a small town, we have a 300 seat auditorium,” Mr Van Der Veen said. “We are a fairly large club in a very small community, it is important to use those facilities.” Head to the Tooleybuc Sporting Club website www.tooleybucsc. for more information on prices and availability.

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DICK Peel was one of the founding fathers of the Catalina Museum, first discussed between friends over a few brews in 1983. Bits and pieces from war time have been collected by locals and enthusiasts over the years, including the body of a Catalina aircraft that was donated to the Lake Boga Lions Club by a local farming family. Locals, members of the Lion’s Club and Dick Peel himself put in countless hours to restore the plane, that was originally from the Netherlands but used by the RAAF during war time.

The Catalina PBY5 was on display in the parklands from 1988 to 2010. In 1997, the underground communications bunker from World War II was transformed into a museum and in 2011 the museum was relocated from the bunker to a hanger in order to protect the plane from the

elements. However it wasn’t until April 21, 2012 that the initial idea reached its potential, when the museum, the hangar and restored Catalina officially opened as one whole tourist site. The almost intimidating size of the Catalina, which sits dormant at home in Lake Boga, makes you question how man built such a feat. With a wingspan of more than 100ft that hangs above your head, a deep hull and the height of a two-storey building, this is one glorious piece of machinery. Mr Peel concedes that, although he did receive assistance from a few other locals and crane operators, the plane was his passion project. When he wasn’t running his business he was elbow deep in scrap metal, wiping the sweat off his dirty forehead as he labored on the project for five years. With a cheeky smile, Mr Peel quips

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that his wife had no idea when they married there would be a third body in the marriage; that of the great Catalina. The Catalinas that sat unknowingly on the shores of Boga housed a crew of seven, and each engine stored 740 imperial gallons of fuel. Climbing a ladder at the museum to peer into the belly of the beast

you are met with a small reality of war; serviceman certainly did not pay extra for premium economy. To experience this slice of Australian history, you can visit the museum every day, apart from Good Friday and Christmas, from 9am to 4pm. Adult tickets cost $15, Children $8 and family tickets are $30.

Relive the era of flying boats and the important part they played in the defence of the South Pacific during World War II at the award winning home of the historic Catalina Flying Boat on the site of the secret RAAF Repair Depot on the shores of Lake Boga

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SHOWCASING UNIQUE TALENT THOSE who desire the beautiful things in life, or enjoy discovering the talents of local artists producing one-off pieces, will not be disappointed by the Bogartz Glass Studio. You will be pleasantly surprised by what you find at the studio, which features the works of very talented Lake Boga artist John Fowler, who specialises in the art of contemporary slumped glass.

Slumping is a highly technical operation, in which items are made in a kiln by means of shaping and texturing glass over moulds at high temperatures. “I have been fascinated with glass for more than 20 years after doing a course in Melbourne under a very well-known artist Graham Stone,” John said. “People love the glass because

they see stuff not commercially available.” There are many variations of textures, shapes and designs when it comes to slumped glass and, at Bogartz Glass Studio, you will see this demonstrated widely throughout the collection. With no charge to visit the glass studio, it would be silly not to swing by and check out the

collection. Works displayed at the studio are available for purchase and, if you are travelling, you can use their ‘Pak n Post’ service to send items you have purchased to the address of your choice. The studio is located at the Lake Boga Observatory, so kill two birds with one stone the next time you visit Lake Boga.


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FRESH AT YOUR FINGERTIPS EXPERIENCE some of the freshest produce in the region at Lake Boga Farms. Featuring strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and stone fruit, they have it all! Make 48 Murray Valley Highway (opposite the Yacht Club) your first stop and load up on luscious produce before exploring tranquil and majestic Lake Boga. The farm is open to the public from early November until after Easter. You can check out Lake Boga Farms

on Facebook to see what fruit is available at your time of travel or just call in to enjoy seasonal offerings. Lake Boga Farms proprietor Jeff Sibley said all their produce was grown in Lake Boga and available directly to the public from their sale shed, or from local farmers’ markets. “We grow strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, stone fruit and sell the freshest produce from

surrounding farms,” Jeff said. “Visitors can come to our sales shed six days a week except Tuesdays. Because we grow fruit on site and sell direct to the public, it allows us to offer fully ripe, flavoursome fruit for the ultimate eating experience with all natural sugars released before picking. “Simply put, the fruit is fully ripe and tastes so much better because it doesn’t travel.” Jeff has been living in Lake Boga, only 15kms from Swan Hill for nine years and is a third generation orchardist from the Yarra Valley. He opened Lake Boga Farms three years ago and since then has had a fruitful couple of seasons. Jeff is passionate about growing exceptional fruit and wants to give people visiting the region not only a visual experience, but a local flavour. “About eight years ago it was impossible to buy direct from farms and my vision was to change this and give people the opportunity to taste fruit how it should be,” Jeff said. “Things are changing now and

farmers are often selling from their packing sheds. I suppose that agri-tourism is evolving, visitors are looking for more than a visual experience, they crave for a taste of what the region has to offer.” Along with Jeff, the region is aligning itself to offer a strong focus in agri-tourism and the Swan Hill region is one of the newest foodie destinations. Just as Gippsland has done its with dairy products and the Clare and Barossa Valleys have achieved with wine, the Heart of the Murray can delight visitors with an amazing array of fresh and tasty fruit, nuts and vegetables. “We are blessed here with awesome tasting fruit and I would like to share the experience of biting into a juicy strawberry, a sun ripe apricot or a delicate raspberry with our visitors. Our fruit tastes the way fruit should taste. I guarantee it will make your tastebuds tingle and it is healthy for you. Pop in and say “G’day” to Jeff when heading to the region, and experience some of the freshest flavours of local produce.


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A BLOSSOMING COMMUNITY WINTER is the perfect time to visit Robinvale as the multitude of fruit and nut trees come into flower. The flowering season is celebrated every year in August with the Mallee Almond Blossom Festival which is held in town. Scheduled this year for Sunday, August 20 at the Robinvale Community Centre grounds, the day highlights the wonderful locally-grown produce. A great family day out, the festival provides an opportunity to sample and purchase some of the region’s finest produce including almonds, olives, flavoured olive oils and salad dressings, avocados, sultanas, fresh garden produce, honey and more. Renowned artist Russell Morris will be performing at this year’s festival for the crowds. Take time out to relax in nature as the town is surrounded by the Murray River on three sides and includes scenic viewing areas, walking tracks, an array of native


DIVERSE AGRICULTURAL CENTRE Population Approximately 2134 (2011 census) Location 469 kilometres from Melbourne

birds and fish, nearby state forests and a caravan park. In the heart of town, view memorials of the region’s history in Caix Square or shop in the treelined Perrin Street, while soaking up the relaxed atmosphere amongst pretty gardens and wide streets. Things to see include the Robinswood Historic Homestead, the Rural Life Museum and the huge historic windmill on the Murray Valley Highway, reportedly the largest in the southern hemisphere. The Robinswood Homestead was built in 1919 by the Cuttle family who shortly after expanded upon their dream of establishing a township and founded Robinvale. The town is named after their third son who was killed in action in World War I. For more information on visiting Robinvale, call the RobinvaleEuston Tourist Information Centre on (03) 5026 1388.

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KINGFISHER CITRUS A FRAUGHT Australian dollar and dry earth forced the Fishers to farm differently at their orange farm at Narrung. Brothers Angus and Alexander Fisher first established the farm back in 1938 and it is the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Alexander, who continue to work the farm today. Lex and Glenda, together with their sons, Ronan and Lynton, and their wives, Mel and Aimee, have embraced the opportunity to sell direct through farmers’ markets

across Victoria and amid the chaos and increasing workload, the Fisher family continues to flourish and so too does the workforce on their 113-hectare farm. “We do as much as we can organically because our customers like to know we are sustainable,” Lex said. “We were suffering through a decade-long drought and collapse in the Aussie export dollar. “At crisis point, a semi-trailer load of beautiful fruit amounted to no

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more than a pitiful $500. It was cheaper to leave the fruit on the trees to rot.”

With the harsh reality of an uncertain future, it was this defining moment that Kingfisher Citrus turned to farmers’ markets. Kingfisher Citrus was named one of 18 most innovative Australian farmers to be recognised at a gala event in Melbourne at The Weekly Times Coles 2016 Farmer of the Year Awards. Nine years since the first

Collingwood Children’s Farmers’ Market, each of the three families now attend different markets every weekend - amassing 22 market stops every month from Swan Hill to Bairnsdale. They farm two orange varieties - blood and seville - and four mandarin varieties - imperial, afourer, daisy and ellendale. You can find Kingfisher produce at the Swan Hill farmers market, or you can purchase some of their delicious jams and fruits at http://

Multi award winning olive and olive oil products FARM GATE SALES Robinvale Estate offers farm gate sales and tastings just 8km south east of the township of Robinvale on Tol Tol Rd, 3km off the Murray Valley Hwy. (follow the brown signs) Visitors can taste award winning olive oils,Ê dressings & caramelised balsamics. All are produced on site. /œÊi˜ÃÕÀiÊÜiÊ>ÀiÊ>Û>ˆ>Li]Ê«i>ÃiÊ«…œ˜iÊvœÀÊ >««œˆ˜Ì“i˜Ì°

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Located 72 kilometres north-east of Swan Hill, Moulamein is a popular fishing destination with a proud history of more than 165 years to explore. The name Moulamein, derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning “the meeting of the waters,” celebrated its 150th birthday in 2001, making it the oldest town in the Riverina. With a population of approximately 593, although a relatively small country town, Moulamein boasts a large sporting community including bowls, tennis, football, netball and polocrosse clubs. Situated on the junction of the Edward River and Billabong Creek, Moulamein is considered by the locals to be the best fishing town in NSW. The Edward River and Billabong Creek junction surely is a great spot to dangle a line for many varieties of fish including Murray cod, golden perch, silver fish, redfin, freshwater Murray crayfish and yabbies. Fishing in the area has something to offer all levels of angler experience, from the beginner to the most experienced.

Moulamein is a popular camping and fishing destination all year round with plenty of room along both the Edward River and Billabong Creek for camping and or fishing. A public boat ramp is located behind the Tattersalls Hotel on the Edward River at the convenience of the modern day fisherman, plus there are a number of low spots along the river where boats can be put in with a ramp. The beginning of December heralds the start of cod fishing season, and locals and visitors get together, making a day of it to celebrate. After a spot of fishing be sure to check out the many sights in store around Moulamein from the old wharf, where the paddle steamers used to drop off and pick up supplies in pioneer days, to the old courthouse which is now a historical museum. The town’s 15 hectare man-made lake is the perfect spot to spend the day enjoying a range of water sports. Moulamein is the perfect holiday destination for those of you who love the peace and serenity of the great outdoors.

Population Approximately 593 (2011 census) Location 369 kilometres from Melbourne




The Club is located within the Moulamein South Recreation Reserve sporting facilities and has 2 great maintained bowling greens. Fully licensed NSW Club facilities, including TAB & Keno. We have an amazing Australian Restaurant named the ‘Feedlot’, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm We have 4 lovely cabins situated in a beautiful bush surround for an enjoyable stay.

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A FESTIVE RACE DAY HELD on the second Saturday of December each year, the Moulamein Races are jam-packed with racing, fashion and fun for the whole family. Moulamein Racing Club president Katarni Lipp said the annual meeting traditionally featured a six-race program, full bar, catering, and on-course TAB facilities. “The Moulamein Races have this amazing and unique feel that isn’t really comparable to many other race days,” she said. “It’s a great combination of things such as, the dirt race track being positioned on a wide open reserve, drinks being served out of the original four sided boughshed bar, and the atmosphere that is generated from the crowd. “There is such a wide variety of

ages attending the event, from newborns to 90-year-olds.” The cup is such a huge event on the local event calendar, and attracts between 1300 to 1500 attendees each year. “This in turn helps local businesses and the towns exposure for tourism,” Mrs Lipp said. “Also available on the day are the highly sought after marquee packages. “The private marquees allow you to experience a prime piece of trackside action, along with catering and drinks packages.” As the races are held in December there is a magical sense of party time in the air, as everyone is gearing up for the festive season. “It’s a beautiful bit of the country to visit for the weekend,

with many attractions like the Moulamein lake and the Billabong Creek and Edward River junction,” Mrs Lipp said.

“Moulamein opens itself up to a wide range of activities for visitors, so why not make a weekend of it?”


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Where the wetlan ds meet the outb ack

Visit the award-winning Discovery Centre & explore Yanga NP & world heritage Mungo NP

Take in the magic of the 5 rivers, the lakes & wetlands - fish, boat, kayak or camp out

Absorb the heritage & culture, visit the Old Gaol, the Museum, Military Trail & Gallery

Visit surrounding villages including Euston, Kyalite, Penarie, Oxley, Clare & Hatfield

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DISCOVER HISTORY RICHARD Branson may be planning the first commercial flight to space but closer to home a trip to Mungo National Park is bound to result in the same sense of awe and wonder. For decades, tourists have trekked to the world heritage-listed park to gaze on Mungo’s lunar landscapes. Many choose to make a pilgrimage the Walls of China, where some of the most significant human remains ever found were discovered by archaeologists in the 1970s. But with talk of the Wentworth Shire Council sealing the road to Mungo, there is a sense the time is ripe to visit. A thriving tourist trade has also sprung up in nearby towns, with operators running daily tours in peak season from Mildura, Wentworth and Balranald.

STUNNING HISTORICAL WORLD HERITAGE AREA Population Approximately 1,627 (2011 census) Location 428 kilometres north of Melbourne

For the intrepid traveller, there are camping facilities and a well-resourced tourist centre while Mungo Lodge provides accommodation for the more upmarket. Picnic shelters dot the dusty landscape and park rangers are available for tours. And Mungo is only a stone’s throw away from Yanga National Park. Established in 2009, Yanga boasts an iconic homestead, wool shed, an expansive lake and enough history to rival the mighty story of Mungo. At nearby Balranald, a newly built Discovery Centre provides a gateway to both parks and offers visitors plenty of information about the surrounding landscape. Head to to explore your options.

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MURRABIT COUNTRY MARKET Victoria’s Largest and Longest Running Regional Market

A WALK IN THE PARK ONE of Kerang’s major attractions is located opposite the central business area. Residents and visitors regularly call into Atkinson Park — located next to the Murray Valley Highway — for its various amenities. The parkland, bordered by the Kerang Bowling Club, Kerang Caravan Park and Kerang Lawn Tennis Club, features public barbecue and sheltered areas to share a meal. The park underwent an extensive upgrade earlier this decade, with a new playground, skate park and performance space added. The playground features a 25-metre

long flying fox, large climbing tower, podswing, accessible play platforms and swings. The skate park is one of the top competition venues in the region, with many skateboarders, bike riders and scooter users attracted to the bowl and jump platforms. The performance space was one of the final additions, and is used during major celebrations - including New Year’s Eve and Australia Day - and smaller events. Other features include a pond which is the home of the town’s former fountain, previously located at Victoria Square - and an extensive network of walking tracks.

Fresh Country Air • Fabulous Fresh Produce Delightful Devonshire Morning Teas Live Entertainment • Great Atmosphere Up to 300 stalls • Lots of bargains and interesting items

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Gonn Avenue, Murrabit 24km from Barham, 26km from Kerang, 50km from Swan Hill

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Lake Charm Situated between Swan Hill and Kerang Forming part of the Kerang Wetlands

LOCATED ON ABSOLUTE LAKE CHARM FRONTAGE Cnr Benjeroop Road and Boat Ramp Road, Lake Charm

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GATEWAY TO GANNAWARRA CENTRE THE Gateway to Gannawarra Centre at Cohuna is growing in popularity. It is a key starting point for visitors to the Shire of Gannawarra. The centre’s prominent position on the bank of the picturesque Gunbower Creek, adjacent to the Murray Valley Highway, makes it easy for motorists to stop for information about local attractions. It is also in close proximity to a designated recreational vehicle camping site. The Easter and school holiday periods are popular times for tourists to venture into the district. They are provided with information about the shire’s many natural attractions, the Murray River, the red gum forests and the Kerang lakes.

Information is also offered about local produce, camping spots and the varied agricultural pursuits, ranging from the eastern Mallee broad-acre grain properties to the more intensive dairying area. Walk-in enquiries are accommodated by shire staff and a band of volunteers keen to sell the virtues of their district. Visitor numbers in March were 1130, which were higher than the same month in the previous two years. More than 9000 visitors at an average of 759 per month sought information in 2015 and this figure rose to 10,119 last year. Almost 2300 visitors explored the centre in the first three months this year.

Salads, sandwiches, rolls & refreshments PH: 03 5450 4223 KYLIE & IAN WOOD 24 Victoria St, Kerang,Vic 3579 ABN: 76 530 549 653

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AMANTI COFFEES — The One With Aroma Extensive menu and devonshire teas baked daily on the premises • Focaccias • Hot and Cold drinks • Gourmet Sandwiches

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Eat-in or takeaway OPEN 7 DAYS Tantalise your tastebuds 20 Victoria Street, Kerang Phone 0411 028 773

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SILO CINEMA EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE way to watch a number of renowned movies will resume in October, depending on weather and harvesting operations. A group of dedicated Quambatook residents have spent the past 18 months attracting people from throughout the region to watch movies screened on the town’s grain silos. Last season’s Quambatook Silo Cinema highlights included The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Miracle on 34th Street, The Dressmaker and The Water Diviner, with the 2017/18 season to begin in October. Each screening attracts a large crowd to the area near Guthrie Street, with those attending bringing along chairs, beanbags and picnic blankets to enjoy the show.

Food and drinks are available on-site, but patrons are also encouraged to bring along their own snacks and drinks.

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Promotion of this year’s events reached international acclaim, with the director and author of The Dressmaker, as well as Russell Crowe, who directed and starred in The Water Diviner, promoting the screenings to their respective online followers.

Call in today for all your Whitegoods, TVs, Phones, Small Appliances, Air Conditioning, and more.

Followers of the cinema’s Facebook page have the chance to determine what movies are screened, with themes focusing in the past on Halloween and Christmas. To keep an eye on when the 2017/18 season begins and what movies will be on offer, visit www.

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THE district’s red gum forests are proving to be a magnet for visitors seeking close contact with nature.

FOR ALL YOUR OUTDOOR NEEDS Camping, shooting, fishing & so much more!

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Recent flows of water through the Gunbower Island national and State parks, and other adjacent River Red Gum forests, have bolstered the forest ecosystems. Holiday camping along both the Murray River and Gunbower Creeks remains popular and a myriad of groups from students to scientists are visiting the forests. The Treetops Scout Camp in the forest near Gannawarra, located between Cohuna and Koondrook, is a regular base

for environmental and cultural studies. Students can study plants, animals, insects, fish and invertebrates, become immersed in the culture of the Barapa Barapa and Yorta Yorta indigenous nations or simply enjoy the outdoors. An intense focus on local flora and fauna occurred last year when Museum Victoria conducted the Murray Explored Bioscan, identifying and gathering hundreds of specimens, replicating a similar expedition by the museum’s first curator, William Blandowski 160 years earlier when more than 17,000 specimens were collected.


•Canoeing amazing waterways •Bushwalking & Mountain biking the forests •Camping out under the stars •Fishing for Murray Cod • Birdlife, wildlife cultural heritage


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MUSICAL DELIGHTS MUSIC lovers will be able to take advantage of the hospitality Barham and Koondrook offers during two festivals which will take place in the coming months. Country music and rock ‘n’ roll fans will benefit from two festivals taking place at cluBarham in July and August. Festivities will begin on Wednesday, July 26 when the Country Music Stampede begins at the Niemur Street, Barham entertainment complex. A variety of performers will take to a number of stages throughout the venue during five days of events. Rock ‘n’ Roll fans will enjoy the number of events planned when the Rock By The River Festival begins on Thursday, August 24.



HISTORICAL RIVERSIDE TWIN TOWNS Population Approximately 2661 (2011 census) Location 298 kilometres from Melbourne

Those who love the music of the 1950s and 1960s will enjoy the variety of performers that will feature during the fourday event, which wraps up on Sunday, August 27. One of the highlights of the festival is the Play in the Park, which usually occurs on the final day of performances at Barham’s Riverside Park. Festival passes, which include entry for all days of each event, usually go on sale one month before the opening day, with daily passes available the week of the celebration. To keep up to date with what is planned – including confirmed performers and set times – visit



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THE new Murray River wharf at Koondrook is expected to become the catalyst for commercial development in the riverside town. The $2 million wharf includes a moored pontoon, a 28-metre gangway and a series of viewing platforms within the tree canopy with interpretation features. The wharf is located adjacent to river bank parkland and the nearby former railway goods shed is set for redevelopment as a riverside cafe and tourist centre.

economic development manager Roger Griffiths said the wharf would open up many tourism opportunities. Council has also revealed plans for an eco-tourism venture adjacent to the shire-owned caravan park. “Projects like the Koondrook wharf are generating significant interest from the commercial sector for the development of new hospitality businesses in the local area,” he said.

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THE NATURALLY LODDON SPRING FESTIVAL THE Naturally Loddon Spring Festival is on again this year, with 10 events scheduled across a twomonth period. The festival features creative events, celebrations of nature, history and local gatherings held in communities across the Loddon Shire. The festival will commence with a Father’s Day celebration on September 3 in John and Sonia Piccoli’s Star Spanner Sculpture Gardens at Barraport. The following weekend the Wedderburn Historical Engines and Machinery Society will host its annual Vintage Machinery Rally, featuring displays of old engines, farm machinery and vehicles. On September 17 and October 15, Bush Heritage is coordinating guided tours of its Nardoo Hills Reserves, comprising four blocks

of land that support diverse vegetation, including grey box grass woodland, box ironbark forests, and diverse Mallee Landscape. The Friends of Kooyoora group will host its 11th annual Kooyoora Wildower Show on the weekend of September 23-24 at the Inglewood Eucy Distillery Museum. The event will include wildower displays, bus trips to local wildower hotspots and a photo competition. The Terrick Terrick National Park Activities Weekend will commence the following Friday, running from September 29-October 1. Organised by the Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park, activities include park tours, evening presentations, displays, plant walks and a bird-watching session. On the same weekend the Tarnagulla community will host

its Strictly Vintage Fair, featuring a high tea and town walk on the Saturday and vintage market, swing band, cemetery tour, history display and town walk on the Sunday. The Boort Sculpture by the Lake competition will be held in conjunction with the Boort Show on October 14. Sculptures of any form made predominantly from metal are eligible, with major prizes on offer. An Open Gardens event will be held in Wedderburn on Sunday, October 15, with six exceptional gardens opening to the public in support of the Wedderburn Lions Club Aged Care Fund.

On October 21-22 the Boort Angling Club will host its Carp Eradication Weekend, inviting ďŹ shermen to compete for prizes while ridding Little Lake Boort of a destructive pest. The ďŹ nal Naturally Loddon event will be the Pyramid Hill Fiesta, scheduled for October 28. The ďŹ esta will consist of cultural dancing and singing, live music, Filipino cuisine and much more, all at a reasonable cost. For more information on all events, go to, call the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 5494 3489 or visit the centre at 24 Wilson Street, Wedderburn.

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DON’T HUDDLE BY THE HEATER – RUG UP AND EXPLORE YOUR BACK YARD! That’s the invitation from Loddon Shire this winter as the region’s businesses and tourist attractions greet the chilly months with their usual distinctive offerings. Alternatively, the area’s natural assets provide opportunities for walks, bike rides, fishing and boating trips. A number of the area’s hotels offer the warmth of open fires or wood-burning heaters and friendly conversation, but all kinds of accommodation are available, from hotels, selfcontained cottages and motels to caravan parks and – for the hardy adventurer – bush and riverside

camps. It’s easy to escape the cold, browsing the renowned antiques and collectable stores at Inglewood, Coach House Gallery and Museum at Wedderburn or one of the jam-packed historical societies’ headquarters sprinkled around the shire. The Blue Eucy Museum at Inglewood presents an opportunity to discover the unique history of eucalyptus oil production in the area, while the town’s blue plaque walk reveals stories of its earliest days and the characters who made their mark during the days of the boisterous

gold rush era. The area around Boort is home to farm-gate producer Simply Tomatoes and offshoot enterprise Aussie Wool Quilts, while John Piccoli’s famed spanner sculptures at Barraport and Boort’s awardwinning olive oil business, Salute Oliva, welcome visitors. When the weather’s clear, buy supplies from one of the district’s popular butchers to enjoy a barbecue at Kooyoora State Park or Terrick Terrick National Park – alternatively, plan a picnic by visiting Bridgewater Bakehouse, nearby Water Wheel Vineyards or local stores and cafes.

For those keen for some brisk exercise, the shire has a network of signposted walking and cycling trails, while amateur prospectors can fossick for gold at numerous spots around the area. People not wishing to drive can catch a V/Line train to Pyramid Hill and walk in the steps of explorer Major Mitchell as they tramp the town’s famous hill. Alternatively, motor through the south of the shire and stop in the gold rush-era village of Tarnagulla, and the appealing triumvirate of Newbridge, Laanecoorie and Eddington.

Homemade Pies, Sausage Rolls, Cakes & Slices • Wide variety of hot & cold lunch meals • Amazing coffee • Birthday cakes made to order • Catering available at reasonable prices Enjoy a delicious picnic box in our family homestead gardens when you visit our farm. Check out how we manufacture green tomatoes, fabulous wool bedding and therapeutic heat pads. RVs can pull up stumps and stay the night! Silver winner RACV Victorian Tourism Awards - Excellence in Food Tourism

Monday - Friday 6.30am - 4.30pm 36 Kelly Street, Pyramid Hill. Phone: 5455 7006

KurracaBurN Heights Your hosts Michelle and Bruce Hargreaves provide boutique accommodation at Wedderburn, Victoria in the heart of Central Victoria’s Golden Triangle. The house overlooks Donaldson Park Recreation Reserve and Nardo Creek. It is just a 5 minute walk to Wedderburn shops, cafes and hotel. Private self-contained accommodation for up to six people. The back garden opens out onto bushland and walking tracks. KurracaBurN Heights is an iconic 1938 building. 1 Hospital Street, Wedderburn, Victoria 3518 m - 0427 943 596 e - w -

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NEW VISITOR GUIDE PERFECT FOR THE TRAVELLER VISITORS to the Loddon Valley can now access an up-to-date and informative resource that highlights the region’s diverse attractions. The Loddon Valley Official Visitor Guide was launched in April during a function at the Inglewood Town Hall Community Hub. Loddon Mayor Cr Neil Beattie said the new edition of the biennially updated guide highlighted the shire’s natural gems, must-see attractions and thriving local businesses. Sections of the guide include undiscovered villages; untouched wilderness; water, rivers and wetlands; gold; local produce, sustainable living and events. The guide also takes tourists on

journeys along the shire’s three major roads – the Loddon Valley, Calder and Wimmera Highways. “It’s an excellent publication that will help grow tourism and benefit our businesses,” Cr Beattie said. Cr Beattie also encouraged local residents to explore their own backyard and expect to be surprised. “There are a lot of attractions in Loddon that a lot of us who have lived here a long time don’t realise are here, so I encourage everyone to have a good look around and you will be surprised what you find,” he said. The guide is available from the Loddon Visitor Information Centre at 24 Wilson Street, Wedderburn, or by calling 5494 3489.

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DROP IN ON YOUR WAY - IT’S WORTH IT! Open 6am - 6pm, 7 days a week Fresh salad rolls, pies, donuts, cakes, slices, buns and a great coffee! 6 Main Street, Bridgewater. Phone: 5437 3404


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WILDLIFE HAVEN KYABRAM is situated approximately 30 minutes south east of Echuca. The Kyabram Fauna Park, the second largest collection of Australian animals in Victoria, is a hive of activity with some interesting, furry, spiky, clawed and winged friends to meet. Spotted quolls, koalas, black swans and Cunningham skinks all birth their young, making the park a veritable melting pot of adorable creatures to cuddle and watch as they go about their daily habits. There are several other animals that can be observed including kangaroos, cranes and Tasmanian devils. The Kyabram Fauna Park functions as a source of rehabilitation for various native wildlife, a place to replenish and seek protection from introduced predators.

CENTRE OF A RICH IRRIGATION DISTRICT Population Approximately 7,321 (2011 census) Location 200 kilometres north of Melbourne

Conservation of native wildlife is the driving passion of the park, which has been involved in successful bredding program since 1979. Meet Sniff and Jessie, two southern hairy nosed wombats and a kookaburras called Kookie, who enjoys interacting with the local wild kookaburras. Popular regulars include the reptile house, the dingoes and Getcha, the 2.5 metre salt-water crocodile. The spring/summer period also sees breeds of bird travel back to the park, including dusky wood swallows, pelicans, sacred kingďŹ sher, dotterels, spoonbills, native hens, grebes, nankeen night herons and seven species of duck. The park includes a three hectare public picnic area, a playground for under 12s, barbecue areas and a licenced cafĂŠ and snack bar.

NEW KOALA EXHIBIT NEW With Kay Baby Wombats Up close and have arrived! personal times available daily!


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So much fun on the Mighty Murray River...

ECHUCA MOAMA WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL while listening to great blues music. Located on the banks of the mighty Murray River, the twin towns of Echuca Moama are an easy two and a half hour’s drive from Melbourne. You’re invited to explore the historic Port of Echuca and Wharf which is recognised as one of Australia’s finest heritage icons and is home to the largest paddlesteamer fleet in the world. “The Echuca Moama region boasts many exciting attractions and activities paving the way for a fun-filled day or extended visit,” Mr Smith said. The Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival caters to music lovers of any age, and is the perfect antidote for a case of those winter blues.

Moama Sports Club Meal Deals Every Night Happy hour & a half every Friday night from 6pm. Comfortable bistro dining ªCoffee Shop ªSports Bar. Located right next to the Adventure Playpark.

Two Course Sunday Night Carv Carvery Succulent selection of roast meats served withh traditional roast vegetables getables & a dessert of the day. y. From $16.90 (Members) s)

Winbi River Resort A piece of paradise situated on the banks of the Murray River 2.5 hours from Melbourne. Fully self contained 1,2 & 3 bedroom units linen provided. • Absolute River frontage • Private boat ramp • Two swimming pools & gas heated spas • Water skiing • Fishing • Playground • BBQs • Tennis Courts • BMX bike track • Games room • 15 acres of lawns & tranquil gardens • Close to wineries, golf, bowls and entertainment clubs Close to wineries, golf, bowls and entertainment clubs Winbi Avenue, Moama 2731 t: (03) 5480 9044 or e:


RECOGNISED as one of the best Blues and Roots music festivals in Australia, the Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival is held from July 27-30. The free event is based around Echuca’s historic Port Precinct and throughout the twin town’s prestigious restaurants and function centres. Echuca Moama Regional Tourism chief executive officer Tom Smith said The Winter Blues Festival was one of the great Blues Festivals in the country, attracting visitors from all around Australia. “If you haven’t been you are missing out,” he said. Relax and enjoy the ambience of Echuca Moama with their restaurants, cafés, pubs, cellar door outlets, attractions and sensational specialty shops

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Tuesday Night Ultimate Buffet An array of dishes from the oven, pan and grill including seafood, salads and soup finished with a dessert from our Coffee Shop.

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Courtesy bus bookings available for local pick ups and drop offs

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Population Approximately 19,267 (2011 census) Location 212 kilometres from Melbourne


Adelphi Apartments Nestled on the Banks of the Campaspe River

Only a short stroll to EVERYTHING Echuca has to offer! 25 Campaspe Street Echuca, VIC, 3564

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THE historic Port of Echuca is recognised as one of Australia’s finest heritage icons and is home to the largest operating paddlesteamer fleet in the world. Echuca has a long and proud tradition of building and restoring paddlesteamers, with more than 100 paddlesteamers having been built there since the 1800s. From around 1860 to the early 1900s, Echuca was a bustling pioneering outpost, paddlesteamers ferried people and goods up and down the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee River systems to Echuca, which was the closest point to Melbourne along the Murray. Today in Echuca you can chose from a number of historic paddlesteamers that offer luxurious cruises along the mighty Murray River. Echuca Moama and District Tourism chief executive officer Tom

Smith said the paddlesteamers provide a wonderful opportunity to step back in time as you cruise the mighty Murray River. “There is nothing better to travel along this magnificent water way under the power of steam just as people did over 150 years ago,” he said. “The paddlesteamers represent the pageantry of the river trades heyday and offers an extraordinary insight into our pioneering days.” Whether you prefer a day cruise to soak up the afternoon sun while taking in the surrounds and wildlife along the Murray, or an overnight cruise to enjoy a serene evening under the stars, you can chose from a variety of famous riverboat classics. You can ride aboard the PS Adelaide, the world’s oldest wooden hulled paddlesteamer built in 1866 that was once used as a logging boat for more than 90 years.

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MOULAMEIN MOULAMEIN RACES Second Saturday of December.





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