The Silo Art Trail can take you on a fantastic family-oriented journey through Victoria’s west. It’s a chance to switch off from the screens and spend some quality time together.

But, when you’re planning a trip with the kids, finding a few stops along the way that they will love (and that offer a few conveniences) maximises the enjoyment of your rural roaming.

We’ve picked out a few stop-offs that are ideal to stretch little legs, burn off some energy and bring a smile to your children’s faces – all while unearthing more amazing things the Wimmera Mallee has to offer.

Mallee Bull
Main Street, Birchip

The Mallee Bull

There is something fun about an iconic road trip photo opportunity, and the Mallee Bull is a must. Be sure to take the chance to pose alongside the bold bull sculpture for a memorable family snap!

You’ll find the Mallee Bull overlooking the main street of Birchip, ready for a selfie with you when you arrive.

Warracknabeal Flora and Fauna Park
84 Craig Avenue,  Warracknabeal 3393

Animals have a magical effect on children, making the Warracknabeal Flora and Fauna Park just the place for kids to get moving after a long drive.

Created and maintained by the local Lions Club, this popular park is situated on a picturesque bend of the creek, surrounded by magnificent gums. Say hello to the emus and peacocks, before enjoying a picnic or run at the playground. It’s an experience that the kids will just love.

Jaypex Park
80 Western Highway, Nhill 3418

With equipment for children big and small, plus picnic tables, BBQ and toilet facilities, Jaypex Park is a winning lunch stop.

There is also a game of twister for the whole family, birds nest swing, and more great activities to keep everyone occupied. Finish up by heading to the boardwalk to check out the birdlife as you stroll to the beautiful Nhill Lake.

Kaniva Wetlands and Fauna Park
A 350 metre stroll from the Kaniva Visitor Centre

You could spend many hours at the Kaniva Wetlands and Fauna Park, acquainted with the kangaroos, wallabies, deer and a variety of native birds. The nature play space gives children the benefits of learning through play within this grounding natural environment. And not to mention play equipment for kids and adults alike! Bring lunch to cook on the BBQ or enjoy a picnic before heading back out on the road.

Adding a few kid-friendly pit stops along the way will certainly enhance your experience. For even more inspiration for your trip – click here.

*NOTE: With current COVID-19 measures, it’s important to plan ahead and contact the business you would like to visit to ensure they are open and you adhere to their guidelines.

Here is a quick checklist to start your planning.

Written by Wimmera Mallee Tourism on 2 August, 2020