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Driving along the Wimmera Highway, when you cross the South Australian border into Victoria, the first town to welcome you is the historic village of Apsley. Surrounded by beautiful Red Gums, wetlands, flora and fauna, all still found in their natural environments.
If bushwalking is your passion, Newland’s Nature Walking Trail is one for you. Federation Corner is the start of the easy all weather walking track linking the township of Apsley to the picturesque Newland’s Lake. Meandering through 258 hectares of natural unspoilt bushland, the 5 km walk (or a shorter version if you choose) takes you into amazing stands of Stringybark’s, banksias and rare orchids of the Newland’s Lake Reserve.
15km north of Apsley are the Little Willow Farm Sculptures.
A short drive south is the tiny hamlet of Dergholm adjacent to the Dergholm State Park with the unusual and unique green granite Bailey’s Rocks, there’s a lovely picnic ground set amongst natural bushland where you can picnic or enjoy a BBQ or go for a stroll through the bush and forget the outside world!
Federation Corner Information Bay was erected in 2001 to celebrate Australia’s Federation. It is also a good starting point for Apsley’s Historic Walk to relive the history of a former thriving community since it was first settled during the 1840’s. Established in 1855 the Apsley Racing Club is now the oldest surviving racing club in Victoria – even predating Australia’s icon sporting event, the Melbourne Cup.
There is an outstanding collection of historic buildings around the district; many of these were built by Chinese labourers as they travelled through to the goldfields from the port of Robe, during the gold rush period of the 1850’s. Take a historic walk along Main Street.
The Flowering Gum, located in Wallace Street, is said to be the largest flowering gum in the Southern Hemisphere.
Inside the Apsley Cemetery gates is the Jimmy Tarpot Memorial. Jimmy Tarpot, also referred to as Jimmy Talbot, was a member of Aboriginal Cricket Team of 1868.

Beulah is conveniently nestled between Hopetoun and Brim and is situated on the Henty Highway. A prosperous agricultural community in the heart of the Wimmera / Mallee, Beulah owes it’s origins to the arrival of the early pastoralists in the mid 1800’s who were following the course of the Yarriambiack Creek as it flowed north to Lake Corrong near Hopetoun.
The scenic Yarriambiack Creek that flows through Beulah is a relaxing retreat and has walking tracks and picnic and camping areas stretching along its serene banks. Powered and non powered boating is permitted. The Beulah Opportunity Shop is a haven for vintage hunters.
Murals depicting Beulah’s heritage scatter the township and a tour booklet can be purchased from the Beulah Business and Information Centre located in Phillip’s Street. The Centre also provides tourist information, internet access, cafe, meeting room hire, administrative and banking assistance, Australia Post and historical research.

Victoria’s first declared wilderness area, Big Desert Wilderness Park, located north of Kaniva, is 13,500 hectares and is a playground for 4WD, hiking, nature lovers and birdwatchers alike. It is an arid area of sandstone ridges, sand dunes, Mallee scrub and heath. The Park is home to a wide variety of birds, lizards, snakes, birds, the pigmy possum, the hopping mouse and other small mammal species. Access is by the Nhill-Murrayville Rd which runs parallel to, but 5 km east of, the park boundary. It is only suitable for two-wheel drives in dry weather (check road conditions before departing) and, as there is no vehicular access within the park, this is as close as you get. You will have to walk from the road through a strip of public land into Big Desert. Only experienced and entirely self-sufficient campers and walkers with a map and compass should try but, even then, there are times in summer when it is definitely too hot for walking.
There are many 4WD tracks to explore in the Big Desert Wilderness Park. These tracks vary in length and difficulty. As weather conditions and season can affect the tracks, please contact Park Victoria on 13 19 63, view the brochure or visit their website. Please contact Parks Victoria for up to date information.
As above, there are many walking trails through the Big Desert Wilderness Park. As weather conditions and season can affect the trails, please contact Park Victoria on 13 19 63 or visit their website. Some of the walking trails include:
• Mount Rescue
• Gosse Hill
• Mount Shaugh
Please contact Parks Victoria for up to date information.
Mallee Parks has listed over 300 species of birds so don’t forget to take your binoculars and see how many you can find in the Big Desert Wilderness Park.

Birchip is the perfect place to stop for lunch on if you are traveling on the Sunraysia Highway. Birchip has a family friendly park in the centre of town near local eating houses and the famous Mallee Bull.
Birchip is a small rural town with a strong sense of community. It is home to the world renowned Birchip Cropping Group – a farmer-driven agricultural organisation conducting farmer driven applied research and extension on agricultural crops.
Birchip holds many annual events including the Birchip B & S ball, a Quarter Horse Race Meeting, Field days and expos along with many sporting events.
On the Birchip Wycheproof Road 8 kilometres east of Birchip lies the Tchum Lake system. The main lake holds approximately 900 mega litres of water and is a popular holiday spot for campers and water skiers. Enjoy swimming, boating, windsurfing, fishing, water skiing, walking tracks, BBQ’s and camping.
Birchip is the perfect place to stop for lunch on your way through to larger regional cities such as Mildura and Swan Hill. Birchip has a family friendly park right in the centre of town opposite the lunch spots. The park is fenced and children love playing on the green lawn. Best of all, in the warmer months, the local swimming pool is right next door!
The Birchip History Museum is located at the corner of the five-way intersection in the old court house, built in 1914. It provides local history research, a large selection of catalogued photos, displays and collections.

Located between Warracknabeal and Hopetoun on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek, Brim takes its name from the Aboriginal word for “spring”.
9 kilometres north of Brim on the Henty Highway is the Netting Fence, constructed in 1885 to stop rabbits invading the Mallee from the south and to keep the dingos to the north. The fence is also the division between the Wimmera and the Mallee regions.
The Yarriambiack Creek at Brim will bring you back to nature and is an ideal spot for skiing, swimming and fishing.
If you’re looking for a relaxing and affordable escape from the hustle and bustle, try Redda’s Park on the Yarriambiack Creek at Brim. An ideal location for camping, Redda’s park offers a bushland setting, amenities, walking tracks, powered and non powered sites and BBQ facilities.
Guido van Helten, a world renowned street artist, painted the 1944 Brim Silo’s in December 2015 that feature a 30mt X 30mt mural. The iconic artwork depicts generations of the local community.

Charlton is a charming tree lined town situated on the banks of the Avoca River. At three hour’s drive from both Melbourne and Mildura, it’s a perfect place to break up a long drive. With excellent accommodation, Charlton is also the perfect place to stay for a few days and explore the local and surrounding areas. So, whether it’s for five minutes, a couple of hours or overnight, enjoy the river’s natural beauty, our heritage style buildings, vibrant shopping precinct and the town’s friendly hospitality.
Enjoy the tranquillity of the Wooroonook Lakes located 14 km west of the town on the Borung Highway. The lakes have powered sites, a toilet block and playground.
The Charlton Weir located 1 km to the north of the town provides water in the river for fishing, canoeing or just a relaxing walk along the banks of the River. The River frontage through Charlton Park is a natural wonderland of serenity and beauty, its river red gum and native bird life are probably Charlton’s best kept secret.
Use Charlton as your base to visit the Silo Art Trail, the largest outdoor gallery in Australia. Currently stretching for over 200 kilometres, it links the six towns of. Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Rosebery, Lascelles and Patchewollock. The silo art acknowledges the area’s ancient indigenous roots as well as its history as one of Australia’s most important grain growing areas.
The Travellers’ Rest complex, situated on the Avoca River in the centre of town, provides excellent toilet facilities, a children’s playground, bocce court, picturesque picnic area with ample parking for cars, caravans and coaches and eight self contained caravan sites. Here you will also find river heights of Charlton’s worst floods recorded beside the viewing platform. View the “Big Fish”, (a Kenya Broadbill), a memento of the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Premier Harvester manufactured at the Charlton Foundry in the early 1900’s.
Walk through the Travellers’ Rest, across the swing bridge over the Avoca River to Gordon Park which contains another large playground, skate park, the Charlton Swimming Pool and a statue of a swagman, carved by chain saw artist Kevin Gilders from a stump of a pine tree. A 500 metre paved walking track will lead you along the water’s edge amongst the river red gums. Along the way read the interpretive signs detailing the local birdlife.
Charlton’s High Street has many delightful shops and eateries to enjoy. Café’s, pubs, clothing, antiques and giftware are in abundance. Walking along the street you will find displays and plaques illustrating the history of the township, as well as a bronze bust and audio history of former Charlton resident, Prime Minister John Curtin.
The heart of Charlton’s High Street is The Rex – an original Art Deco cinema that has been community owned since 2007 and is fully run and operated by dedicated volunteers. As well as weekly screenings of current films and other special events and live performances throughout the year, The Rex hosts the annual Charlton Film Festival in February. See what’s screening this week at www.rextheatre.org.au.
At the western end of High Street, you will find war memorials for the Boer War, WW1, WW2 and the Vietnam War. In the Elliott Gardens a bronze bust and information on Major General Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott is located. Pompey was one of WW1s most famous and loved generals and was born and raised in West Charlton. Also located in these gardens is the Golden Grains Museum, housed in the former Mechanics Institute. This award-winning museum has a large collection of memorabilia and photographs dating back to Charlton’s early pioneering days. For opening hours visit www.charltongoldengrasinmuseum.com.au.

Dimboola is situated on the Wimmera River and was previously known as ‘Nine Creeks’. The ‘Gateway to the Little Desert’, Dimboola is the setting for Jack Hibberd’s renowned play, Dimboola. The area was traditionally known as ‘Watchegatcheca’ by the local Wotjobaluk People which means ‘wattle tree and white cockatoos’. The name Dimboola comes from the Ceylonese/Sri Lankan word Dimbula which means ‘land of figs’
For those wanting to get back to nature, Dimboola is the gateway to the Little Dessert. The Little Dessert has many bush walking and 4WD tracks as well as camping facilities. There are fantastic camping facilities at Horseshoe and Ackle Bend.
A few kilometres west of town, next to the Western Highway, is Pink Lake. You can view the lake from the rest-stop beside the highway or walk down the path to the edge of the lake. Yes, it is Pink! The intensity of the pink varies with the amount of water in the lake. When the lake is drier more light is reflected from the white crystallized salt reducing the impact of the pink.
Located 22km north of Dimboola is Antwerp. Antwerp was first settled by Europeans in 1846, when George Shaw and Horation Ellerman applied for 130,000 acres (530km2) for sheep grazing. Ellerman named the area after his birthplace, the Belgian city of Antwerp. In 1858 Moravian missionaries arrived in the area and established the Ebenezer Mission. Operating until 1904, Ebenezer is the most extensive 19th century mission surviving in Victoria and is an important part of the post-contact Wotjobaluk history.
35km north west of Dimboola is the Glenlee Flora and Fauna Reserve.
Dimboola has plenty of activities to entertain the whole family with the Dimboola Print Museum and the Sidney Nolan Gallery for the history and art enthusiasts.
For more information visit: www.visithindmarsh.com.au

Donald is a small country town with a lively spirit. A 3-hour drive north west of Melbourne, this is one town you don’t want to miss.
Lake Buloke has an area of 11,000 hectares and is great for duck shooting, fishing and bird watching when it has water. Brush Lake Tours focuses on the ecology of Lake Buloke and surrounds and is a 2-hour tour for 1 – 3 people. This tour is especially recommended in Springtime. See the regeneration of native trees and grasses, huge nests of Wedge-Tailed Eagles and learn of the lake’s biodiversity. Contact Bruce Dunn on 03 5497 2155 to book a tour.
Granite Rocks Reserve is 4 hectares of Crown land featuring an outcrop of large granite rocks overlooking a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding farmlands. Historically the Granite Rocks was a picnic area for the community. This is also encouraged today, with picnic tables and of course a playground of granite rocks for children to enjoy climbing over.
20km north of Donald is the Mount Jeffcott Wildflower Reserve. It is ideal for both hiking and 4WD with its rare trees and plant specimens. If you have a 4WD, you can drive to the summit from where you can view the district. As weather conditions and seasons can affect the tracks, please contact Park Victoria on 13 19 63 or visit their website for up to date information on track closures and fire danger.
If its history you’re looking for, Donald definitely has one. Visit the Agricultural Museum, adjacent to the Sporting Complex or the Donald Archives in Main Street near Butcher Shop (Open when sign is out. Telephone 03 5497 2287) The Court House historical displays, next to the Post Office will also give you a great idea of life in the early days of Donald.
Be sure to drop in to George and Jo’s at 98 – 102 Woods Street for second hand goods, collectables and new gifts.
When the kids need a little time to run around, the Lions Train Park is perfect. Located near Donald Primary School and Sporting Complex, the kids can play in the playground and the train. BBQ facilities are available. Another beautiful park is the Apex Park adjacent to the Hospital and Bridges.
Donald is also home to Kooka’s Country Cookies. These delicious Australian owned and made cookies are a home style biscuit with hand-made country appeal and are regarded as “The taste of Country Australia”. Make sure you stop in as you travel the Sunraysia Highway for some scrumptious treats.

Built on the banks of Lake Wallace, Edenhope is a thriving district with a population of around 1000. You will be fascinated with Edenhope and the surrounding areas which are dotted with chains of wetlands, lakes and majestic Red Gums.
Lake Wallace has been known for great fishing from bank or boat and is stocked with Redfin and Trout. (*Seasonal water permitting.)
Be sure to visit the Back Swamp, diagonally opposite the Old Court House, habitat of abundant bird life which can be viewed from the bird hide and bird walk 5km relaxing walk. Many varieties of birds and parrots including the extremely rare Red-tailed Black Cockatoo can be seen around Edenhope and the district. Why not take a walk around Lake Wallace and view the wetlands and water sports (water permitting) or wander through the Flora Reserve? Edenhope also has antiques for all tastes.
The giant green boulders that are The Bailey’s Rocks are another great place to explore.
Did you know that it was on the banks of Lake Wallace in the 1860’s that local Aboriginal station workers were trained in the art of batting, bowling and the fundamentals of cricket? A Cairn, along with an information bay, honouring this elite team who became the first Australian International Touring Cricket Team in 1868, is erected on the Edenhope College oval where you can read their fascinating story.
At the former Court House (circa 1878) you will see the manner in which prisoners were brought before the Judge in the last one hundred years. The Magistrate’s Bench, Prisoners Dock, the Pews and the Public Gallery have been preserved in immaculate condition. With a pretty cottage garden surrounding the building it is now home for the Visitor Information Centre. Old lock-up c1860 now houses historical information and memorabilia.
Edenhope has so much to see and do so come and enjoy the ‘Henley on Lake Wallace’ Festival or experienced a country race meeting on your next holiday.

Traveling from Frances in South Australia to the world renowned rock climbing mecca of Mount Arapiles, you will come across the pleasant township of Goroke, with a population of 200.
Situated on the edge of the Goroke State Forest, this is the perfect area for nature based tourists to enjoy four-wheel driving, bird watching and bush walking through the beautiful untamed country joining the Little Desert National Park. As weather conditions and seasons can affect the trails and tracks, please contact Park Victoria on 13 91 63 or visit their website for up to date information on track closures and fire danger.
East of Goroke the ‘Duff’ monument commemorates the finding of Jane Duff and her brothers Isaac and Frank after nine days lost in the bush in 1864 (with the great assistance of one of the international Aboriginal Cricket Team members and black tracker, Dick-a-Dick). Visit the new War Memorial – a tribute to our local “diggers”. Just down the road, you will find the Little Dessert National Park where you can look for the famous Mallee fowl.
The Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, a unique and wonderful two days entertainment, is held on the banks of Lake Charlegrark annually on the third weekend of February. Huge crowds travel long distances to listen to some of our country’s finest Country Music musicians.
Enjoy nearby wetlands including Lake Charlegrark, (a favourite with water sports enthusiasts and famous for its record size Murray Cod) and Lake Ratzcastle, both delightful peaceful and tranquil natural lakes in bush settings, where you can stay-awhile either in local accommodation or camping under the stars. If it’s fishing, yabbying and water sports that’s your passion this is a must for you! Another picturesque lake nearby is Big Booroopki, and when it is holding water it is excellent for fishing and yabbying.

Nestled in a valley beside the picturesque Glenelg River, historic Harrow lays claim to the title of Victoria’s oldest inland township.
Be sure to allow time to visit the Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre. This state of the art interpretative centre commemorates Australia’s first Aboriginal cricket team to tour England in 1868, and is a ‘must see’ for cricket enthusiasts and history buffs. For the motor enthusiasts, don’t miss the Harrow Transport Museum.
A leisurely stroll along the well marked Glenelg River Walk provides you with the opportunity for fishing, bird watching or just admiring the majestic Red Gums.
Discover bygone motor vehicles at the Harrow Transport Museum or explore the old log jail and other buildings dating back to the 1840’s.
During the year you can join the local players at the ‘Harrow by Night’ Sound and Light Show, an interactive cabaret style performance that ‘brings Harrow’s history to life.
Join in with the festivities held during the March long weekend, there is plenty of action! The Annual Cricket Match celebrating the Aboriginal cricketers takes place on the Johnny Mullagh Oval. Watch the National Bush Billycart Championships, or design one of your own for your chance to win big prizes! You can also marvel at the skills of the shearers in the Quick Shears Competition.
Come and see pre 1975 motorbikes in the Classic Scramble MotoX in April. Come to Harrow – you will love it!

Jeparit is well-known as the birth-place of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister. The town was gazetted in 1889 as ‘Jeparit’, from an Aboriginal word said to mean ‘home of small birds’.
Here the Wimmera River meets Lake Hindmarsh Guuru) with 13kms of gravelled walking track meandering along the banks of the Wimmera River and looping around town. Explore Settlement history and step back in time at the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum. Learn about the life and achievements of Sir Robert Menzies
25km south west of Jeparit is the Glenlee Flora and Fauna Reserve.
Jeparit offers fantastic camping, boating, bird watching and fishing at Lake Hindmarsh and the Wimmera River.
For more information visit: www.visithindmarsh.com.au

The town of Kaniva is a perfect place to stop
on the drive between Adelaide and
Melbourne. Kaniva is the home of Sheep Art
and situated between the Little and Big
The Kaniva Visitor Centre is situated in the
Windmill Café beneath the town’s big
windmill. Visitors can relax in the public
gardens or discover the many things the
region has to offer. Caravan parking, baby
change facilities and public toilets are also
situated next to the windmill.
The Sheep Art Trail is an easy 800mt walk,
with each sheep telling a story and linking to a
place or community group. Visitors can follow
the trail to the Kaniva Wetlands and Fauna
Park. The park features a nature place space
with walking tracks, bird aviary, animal
enclosure, adult play equipment, BBQ area
and toilets.
The trail also links to the planned Silo Art in
Progress St, encompassing children’s play area
and war memorial.
The main street offers a variety of shops
including eateries, galleries, gift shops and a
large op shop.
There’s plenty to do around town, choose
from history and galleries, nature and wildlife
or simply enjoy exploring the eateries and
main street.
The Kaniva Puppet Shop is the only retail
puppet shop in Australia devoted to the sale
and history of puppets, puppeteers &
puppeteering. It is a must see and offers the
visitor the opportunity to experience puppet
demonstrations and a private marionette
collection including one of the rare Australian
mid-century Tintookie Marionettes. Children
can perform impromptu puppet plays with
puppets and theatre provided.
The Overland Museum is a privately owned
Museum dedicated to preserving the history
of this great Australian railway icon. It has been set up to celebrate the rich history of
this train. The collection includes a restored
1951 build sleeping carriage housed
undercover along with many artefacts and
photos relating to The Overland with some
items dating back to 1909.
The Kaniva Historical Museum has been
recently restored and tells the stories of
families and the rich farming history that
Kaniva is known for. The museum site also
features school room, machinery shed and old
medical equipment.
A quick stroll around the main street
highlights flora and bird life of the Little and
Big Desert through paintings by local artists
fixed to shop fronts. The parks are popular
with 4WDs and campers in spring time. If you
are time is limited time, the Billy Ho bush walk
will give you a good indication of the Little
More Info: www.kaniva.info

Lake Albacutya (Ngalpakatia/Ngelpagautya) adjoins Wyperfeld National Park, and only fills with overspill from Lake Hindmarsh. Access is via the sealed road from Yaapeet (14km) to the main camping area. Some tracks are 4WD only.
The main feature of this park is the 5850a lake, which fills from Lake Hindmarsh when the Wimmera River is in flood. The lake generally fills and empties on a 20 year cycle, the longest dry period on record being 27 years. The park also includes Ross Lake (470 ha) and a 2.5km stretch of Outlet Creek.
Outlet Creek and the sand dunes north of the lake can be explored on short day walks or longer overnight expeditions. The park is popular for four wheel driving, trail bikes, bush walking and family camping. As weather conditions and seasons can affect the tracks, please contact Park Victoria on 13 19 63 or visit their website for up to date information on track conditions, closures and fire danger.
Lake Albacutya Park is popular for water skiing, fishing, yabbying and boating when water levels are high enough.
For more information visit: www.visithindmarsh.com.au
Lascelles was named after the “Father of the Mallee”, Edward Harewood Lascelles and became a popular staging post on the trek to Mildura during the early days of the settlement of the Mallee.
Lascelles is the abode of the renowned Minapre Hotel, built in 1926 after the original Hotel was destroyed by fire. This grand county pub provides a meeting place for the small township of Lascelles and the farming region beyond and is famous for its icy cold beer.
The Wathe Flora & Fauna Reserve is one of the few areas where the endangered Mallee fowl can be seen in the wild.
The Stockmans Hut Gallery, known for hosting some of Australia’s best corrugated iron sculptures and rural inspired paintings, is conveniently located on the Sunraysia Highway, adjacent to the historic Minapre Hotel. Hosts and artists, Phil and Marlene Rigg provide guided tours and share insight into the artwork that makes the Stockmans Hut so unique.

Situated south of Nhill, the Little Desert National Park offers a wide variety of activities for the nature enthusiast with an abundance of flora and fauna. It is the second largest national park in Victoria
The Little Desert National Park has so much to see and do. Whether your interested in bush walking, 4WD, dirt bike riding, horticulture, or simply seeing animals in their natural habitat, this National Park has it all. For the avid bird watcher, personalised ‘Birding’ Tours can booked through the Little Desert Nature Lodge (03) 5391 5232.
There are many walking trails through the Little Desert National Park. As weather conditions and seasons can affect the trails, please contact Park Victoria on 13 19 63 or visit their website for up to date information on track closures and fire danger.
The Little Desert National Park has approximately 670 species of plants and 200 species of birds. Wildlife includes possums, the black-faced kangaroo, the silky desert mouse and reptiles such as the bearded dragon and the short-tailed snake. The Mallee Fowl is indigenous to this area of Victoria but keep an eye out for Wedge-Tailed Eagles, the endangered Red-Tail Black Cockatoo and many other species.

Minyip is celebrated for being the place where the Flying Doctors television series was made and to this day the series is still very popular all over the world. Buildings and locations used for filming the Flying Doctors are still identifiable and many visitors still stopover in Minyip for this very reason. Aboriginal for “Ashes”, Minyip had its early origins as part of a squatter’s “run” until the township was established in the early 1870’s and the sale of town blocks in 1875 attracted ex-miners and many South Australian farmers to the district.
The Minyip Wetlands is a recent development and includes a Caravan Park, walking tracks, outdoor fitness equipment, playground, BBQ facilities and ponds for fishing. For those interested in genealogy and history, the Minyip Cemetery located to the eat of town reflects the German influence in Minyips’ early days.
Classified by the National Trust in 1974, the church features a striking octagonal belfry and houses a magnificent Fuller pipe organ. The whole structure with organ in situ was moved to its present site in 1935 from Kirchheim, south-west of Minyip, where it was originally built in 1889. The organ can be played by request with sufficient notice.
There is no shortage of historical buildings in this township with many good examples of early country Victorian architecture. The two hotels, although being built in the same era, are strikingly different in their architecture, one Gothic and the other Federation style. Each building displays a plaque that details the original use and history of the structure.
Stroll down memory lane and visit many of the buildings such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base, Emma’s Garage, Coopers Crossing Memorial Hall and the Majestic Hotel that all featured prominently in many episodes from the long running television series ‘The Flying Doctors’.
Minyip is known for its many brilliant sunsets and are sure to create a lasting impression.

Rich rural culture is alive and well in this Wimmera township, located 20 minutes from Horsham. Aboriginal for “Home of the Lizard”, the land around Murtoa was occupied by squatters McPherson and Taylor in early 1844 and incorporated into their “Stations” Longerenong and Ashens covering over 200,000 acres.
Following various subdivisions and owners, including Sir Samuel Wilson, after whom Wilson Hall at Melbourne University is named, the Land Act of 1869 divided the area into 320 acre blocks for lease and eventual purchase by selectors, many of whom were German families from South Australia.
The site at Marma Gully Swamp was surveyed in 1873 and settled soon after, rapidly becoming the large grain town of Murtoa with the State’s largest grain receiving centre on the main Melbourne to Adelaide rail link.
Murtoa is the residence of the impressive Australia Heritage Listed Stick Shed, built in 1941 for grain storage and is capable of holding approximately 100,000 tons of wheat. Recent investment has ensured this towering rustic building will stand the test of time. Currently, access to the building in limited and internal viewing is restricted to the Big Weekend held annually in October.
Lake Marma and Rabl Park, situated within the township, can only be described as a tranquil oasis with its abundant bird life and magnificent treed surrounds. A 2km walking track around the lake provides many varied scenes and the Marma Lake Reserve is an ideal picnic spot with large lawn areas, electric BBQ’s and children’s playground.
Barrabool Nature Reserve is located just south of Murtoa. It is a largely undisturbed Wimmera forest with important Aboriginal sites.
For those interested in Genealogy and history, the Murtoa Cemetery, 3km east of town, provides an insight into the early beginnings of Wimmera settlement, particularly the German heritage.
If Architecture and Heritage catch your eye, Murtoa abounds in both, with a largely original early 1900’s shopping centre & many buildings of significance throughout the town. These include the Sprott Fountain (1884-96), the Rotunda (1907) & the Memorial Gates (1920), all located at the Lake Marma Reserve, CBA Bank (1882), Railway Station (1878), Primary School (1875), Dr Rabl’s residence (1897), Marma Gully Hotel (1913) and many other private houses, churches and public institutions of the period 1880 to 1920.
The Water Tower Museum houses the world famous “James Hill” taxidermy collection of over 500 birds, eggs, reptiles and animals and is well worth visiting on your travels in the region.
The Mighty Murtoa Stick Shed was constructed in 1941/2 as an emergency wheat storage shed. It is an incredible 900ft long, 200ft wide and 60ft high at the centre. It is primarily made of 560 bush poles with a tin roof, and has been described as a ‘Bush Cathedral’.  It was added to the National Heritage Register in 2014, which give it the equivalent importance to Australia as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the MCG, amongst many other fine assets. It is one the very few assets listed outside the metropolitan areas. The Mighty Murtoa Stick Shed was constructed in 1941/2 as an emergency wheat storage shed. It is an incredible 900ft long, 200ft wide and 60ft high at the centre. It is primarily made of 560 bush poles with a tin roof, and has been described as a ‘Bush Cathedral’.  It was added to the National Heritage Register in 2014, which give it the equivalent importance to Australia as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the MCG, amongst many other fine assets. It is one the very few assets listed outside the metropolitan areas.
The Stick Shed is currently open Mon – Sat 10am until 12:30pm and 10am-2pm Sunday. It is also open by appointment for larger groups over 10, or for a minimum of $100, due to opening expenses and time constraints. 
The usual entry fee is $10 per head – small children and dogs are free. 
The Stick Shed may be available for other events or functions too – enquire. Please email the C.O.M. Secretary on: thestickshed@gmail.com  ;
Or Phone 0434 227 921 to discuss any planned visits. 
Website: www.thestickshed.com.au Facebook: / The Stick Shed Opening times may change as time passes so please contact to confirm.
The Wimmera Inland Freezing Works Museum is located on the Wimmera Highway, on the eastern edge of Murtoa, and houses four massive single piston, Richard-Hornsby engines. They date back to 1911 when they powered the old freezing works and are believed to be the only set of four remaining in the world.
Midway between Melbourne and Adelaide, Nhill, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘early morning mist rising over water’, is a thriving country town offering a picturesque place to stop, explore and recharge. Surrounded by natural wonderlands in the Big & Little Desert National Parks, the central part of Nhill offers a wide range of shopping facilities, as well as parks and gardens within the median strip. Enjoy a game of golf on the greens, utilize the numerous sporting facilities or just sit back and relax in one of many beautiful cafes and restaurants around town.
Nhill possesses a pleasant and attractive main street with an enormous median strip within which is Goldsworthy Park, a delightful spot with seats and well-maintained lawns, trees and bushes, electric barbecues, a playground and a memorial statue to the Clydesdale which did so much of the leg-work in rendering the Wimmera fit for agriculture. It is also home to the Hindmarsh Visitor Information Centre.
Nhill Lake, adjacent to the town, was originally part of Nhill Swamp. When full there is boating, a boardwalk and plenty of bird life.
Hermans Hill Tourist Walk, located to the north-east of town between Jeparit and Rainbow, is where you can take a walk though the Mallee scrub to a hill overlooking the surrounding district. Here you will find a bird-hide and an information bay.
Nhill is also the gateway to the Big Desert Wilderness Park to the North West, Wyperfeld to the North East and the Little Desert to the South. For more information, see Big Desert Wilderness Park, Wyperfeld National Park and Little Desert National Park.
21km north east of Nhill is the Glenlee Flora and Fauna Reserve.
Located 15kms south-east of Nhill on the Western Highway is Kiata, home to Inverness Motors, a museum of vintage and collectables cars.
Located in McPherson St, the Historical Museum has displays relating to local history. It is open Thursday mornings, every second Sunday and by appointment.
The John Shaw Neilson National Memorial Cottage can be located by proceeding down the main street past the Wesley Hall and the Nhill Uniting Church to Shaw Neilson Park on the western side of town. The cottage comes from Penola in South Australia where Neilson was born in 1872. It contains documents connected to the life of the lyric poet. Owing to drought he moved with his family from Minimay to a spot just west of Nhill in 1889. He and his father worked at various jobs in the area and both published their poetry in local papers. Neilson left town in 1895. Adjacent to the cottage is an old wheat wagon, formerly common throughout the area. A couple of kilometres out of Nhill, on the way to Kaniva, there is a roadside memorial indicating where the original Neilson cottage stood.
The Post Office, built in 1888, is one of the few remaining buildings to have survived a tornado that ripped through the town in 1897. The two-story brick building is a must see for anyone interested in History and Architecture.
For more information visit: www.visithindmarsh.com.au

Established in 1914, Patchewollock originated from two aboriginal words “putje” meaning plenty and “wallah” meaning porcupine grass. Patchewollock boasts an open country lifestyle in the Mallee and is famous for the “Patche Pub”, the local watering hole. Enjoy the hospitality of locals, relax by the pool and when night comes, witness the amazing sky with dazzling stars.
The Pine Plains Lodge, developed by the O’Sullivan family is constructed from drop logs and provides a welcome alternative from camping. The Lodge is the perfect place to explore the Wyperfeld National Park and caters for individuals to large groups. The O’Sullivan family has been associated with Pine Plains for over 120 years and are happy to share with you their knowledge of the area in regards to flora and fauna, bush hikes and driving tracks. Pine Plains is the favoured breeding ground for Mallee Fowl, Major Mitchell Cockatoos and Wedge tailed Eagles and you can see kangaroos, emus and other native fauna on the vast ancient flood plains that dominate this area.
The Wirrengren Plain is the last link in a chain of dry creeks and lakes that in times of severe flooding, receive the runoff from the Wimmera River system after it has filled Lake Hindmarsh and Lake Albacutya – very rare but spectacular events.
Popular picnic spots ‘Snowdrift’ and ‘Mt Jenkins’ offer views of the surrounding countryside.
The Textile Wall Mural is located in the Patchewollock Memorial Community Centre and measures 5 x 4.5mts. The Mural is a project of the Arts and Crafts Group and depicts the environmental factors which have impacted on the lives of Patchewollock’s women over the years. Special lighting recreates the tones of the passing day. There are electric barbecues adjacent the centre and a wood barbecue in Lions Park, located in the main street, opposite the hotel.
Located adjacent to the Patchewollock Memorial Community Centre the historic display contains photographs, newspapers and local school memorabilia. Open by appointment. Visit the Patchewollock Community Store to obtain a key.

An oasis in the middle of vast agriculture and wildness areas, Rainbow offers unique gardens, a vibrant main street and spectacular hand-painted murals for visitors and locals alike. Taking its name from the lunette “Rainbow Rise” west of town, once covered with wildflowers, the silhouette of palms and silos beckons everyone to enjoy the ‘Metropolis of the Mallee’.
The Yurunga homestead and Pella Church are not to be missed, with the natural beauties Lake Hindmarsh, Lake Albacutya, Outlet Creek, Wyperfeld National Park and the Birdcage Reserve all offering various outdoor adventures and memories to last a lifetime.
Sit back and relax in the central strip of parkland in the middle of the main street. Visit the spectacular hand-painted murals.
For more information visit: www.visithindmarsh.com.au

First surveyed in 1873, the town located on Dunmunkle Creek was originally known as Lallat but by 1876 had become known as Rupanyup, Aboriginal word meaning “branch hanging over water”.
Jack Emmett Billabong and Rupanyup Memorial Park are recent additions to the attractions of the town with an artificial lake, surrounded by native trees and shrubs that have been constructed next to the highway at the northern end of town by the local Lions Club. The Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Jack Emmet Billabong and is the perfect setting to caravan or camp while exploring what the region has to offer.
Rupanyup is head quarters for the Wood’s Farming and Heritage Museum located on the Wimmera Highway. This amazing collection of stationary engines, tractors, tools, farm and household memorabilia is available for viewing by appointment. There is truly something for everyone so be sure to contact 0427 159 154 (any time) or 5385 5036 (evenings only) to enjoy an experience that will take you back in time.
Cust’s Store, in the middle of town, is an example of an old-style general store named after one of the first shops erected within the town.
The Old Four Mill located in Gibson St is an early and rare example of a portable mill of galvanized iron construction and is adjacent to the first reinforced concrete silos built in the southern hemisphere. These were designed by Sir John Monash and erected in 1909.
The Local RSL Hall in Cromie Street owns one of only 9 original scale models of the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance.
For those interested in Architecture and Heritage, the Rupanyup Railway Station dates from 1890 and the Post Office, the Memorial Hall (a former cinema), the old CBA Bank and the Commercial Hotel all have their own special character. The Anglican Church (1912), Masonic Lodge (1918) and the heritage listed Primary School (1878) are other notable buildings. The local cemetery off Dyer Street also provides an insight into the early history of the district.

WELCOME TO SEA LAKE including lake tyrell, berriwillock and green lake.
Sea Lake is the Heart of the Mallee and home of the Mallee Rally. It is the heart of the vast cereal growing food bowl of Victoria – a sight to behold in spring and at summer harvest time! It is far enough away from the city hustle and bustle yet fully connected with the touch of an internet finger and an easy drive highway! Sea Lakes attractions include include a brand new travellers rest located on the Calder’s highway a short walk from the shops.
Sea Lake is the official gateway to Lake Tyrrell, a salt lake covering about 180 square kilometres. Lake Tyrrell is renowned as a start gazing area because the sky receives very little man made light.
Lake Tyrrell is a unique salt lake located 7kms north of Sea Lake, covering 20,860 hectares, Victoria’s largest salt lake. The Lake environment plays host to Mallee reptiles, kangaroos, emus, white-faced chats, and an inland gulley.
To get to Lake Tyrrell, head north on the Calder Highway out of Sea Lake and follow the signposts to the viewing platform and information bay.
The lake is quite ancient. It may have been formed by drifting sand blocking the passage of Tyrrell Creek. Over time it became a giant salt basin due to the flow of subterranean saline water and the run-off from Tyrrell Lake. It is dry most of the year although, at times, it may be covered by shallow water. Evaporation leaves a salt crust which is commercially extracted by the Cheetham Salt Works at the northern end of the lake. Over 100,000 tonnes of salt is extracted from the lake each year by Cheetham Salt. The first recorded salt harvest from Lake Tyrrell was in 1896.
20km south-east of Sea Lake is the Mallee town of Berriwillock, approximately half way between Bendigo and Mildura on the Calder Highway, and 70 km West from Swan Hill and the Murray River. Renowned for its wheat growing and farming community, community hubs such as the Golden Crown Hotel, General store, Café, Farm Supplies Retailer and Grain Storage Facilities, bowling club, Tennis Club, Golf Club and a local Swimming Pool keep the small, North-Western Victorian town of 200 resident strong town of Berriwillock on the map.
Green Lake is a small and very attractive lake located 10km from Sea Lake along the road to Birchip – suitable for recreational boating and swimming or stay dry with bushwalking tracks surrounding the lake –turn your day trip into an overnight adventure with powered sites and facilities for individuals or groups.
The Sea Lake Mallee Rally is the oldest off road event currently running in Australia. Held annually during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. Kicking off the weekend with the Friday Night Spectacular at the Sea Lake Recreation Reserve consisting of live band, jumping castle, merry-go-round, a static display of off-road vehicles and fireworks. On Saturday the event moves out to the track for the prologue (time trials) and a ‘dash for cash’. Sunday is race day –  four or five laps of gruelling racing around the 85 km track!
Sea Lake Tyrell Tours offer Sunset, Sunrise, and Night tours (for star photography) around Lake Tyrell, as well as operating Rainy Boot Hire 7 days a week.
Green Lake is suitable for swimming and limited boating. Bush walking can be enjoyed around the outskirts of the lake bed and in an adjacent reserve of mallee and pine-buloke woodland. With sandy beaches, powered camping sites, showers and lots of picnic/barbecue areas, bush walks, gum trees and shade Green lake is a great place for all recreation lovers.

With a tiny population of 45, this proactive Mallee community successfully campaigned along side the Transport Accident Commission to have their township named “SpeedKills” for a month in 2011. The campaign began with Facebook and required people to “Like” the SpeedKills page. There were 10,000 “likes” within 24 hours and this enabled the exclusive name change that was one of the most successful road safety campaigns ever run by the Transport Accident Commission.
Speed is also well known for the annual Mallee Machinery Field Days traditionally held in the first week of August, showcases over 350 exhibitors. For additional information about the Mallee Machinery Field Days go to www.mmfd.com.au
This small town was settled in 1902 shortly after the Melbourne to Mildura railway line arrived. The Tempy Primary School educates children from neighbouring small townships and has approximately 20 students.
Turriff is a tiny Mallee town on the Sunraysia Highway and is located 425 km north-west of Melbourne and 144 km south of Mildura. Like the nearby towns of Speed and Tempy it developed when the Melbourne to Mildura railway line went through in 1902.

Located on the Yarriambiack Creek, Warracknabeal name comes from the Aboriginal word describing the gum trees shading the watercourse. The gorgeous Yarriambiack Creek flows through Warracknabeal, lined with gum trees and occupied by wildlife.
The Yarriambiack Creek provides a haven for numerous water birds and the majestic gums that line its banks attract many varieties of native birds and animals to share this unique environment with the local residents. A walking track follows both sides of the creek providing a relaxing 4km stroll to enjoy the scenery and fresh air.
Anzac Park in Scott Street was built as a memorial to the fallen of World War 1, it is the sporting centre of Warracknabeal, housing football, cricket, tennis, netball and swimming.
The Historical Centre in Scott Street has on display is a collection of all the items that make up the history of a typical Wimmera town. Housed in the town’s first State Savings Bank, the display consists of furniture, pictures, maps, kitchen utensils and the personal items found in the homes of the pioneers of the era. The bank chamber is as it was on opening day in 1909. Open daily except Saturdays 2pm-4pm. www.warracknabealhistory.org.au
Federation Place at the intersection of Scott & Woolcock Streets is a must see for all visitors. The roundabout was constructed and the four street corners redeveloped in 2001 in recognition of the Centenary of Federation. The centre piece is a unique life size sculpture of six sheep and kelpie sheep dog to signify the role of the squatters in the early settlement of the Warracknabeal area.
The Log Lock Up in Devereux Street was built in 1872 when the first permanent policeman came to town and was used until 1960. It is open daily for inspection.
If you are interested in early Architecture, the Warracknabeal Hotel and The Creekside Hotel in Scott Street are excellent examples. The iron work on the verandas’ and balconies is a fine example of the craftsmanship of the 19th century. The Post Office in Scott Street is an attractive example of Tudor style architecture that was built in 1907 and still remains a unique feature of the shopping centre.
The Water Tower in Molyneaux Street was built for use by the railways in 1886. It was used as the town’s water storage for 30 years. The Court House in Woolcock Street was built in 1891 and currently used by the Historical Society and Arts Council. The Anglican Church in Anderson Street was built in 1887 and still in use today.
Warracknabeal is home to many historical tributes including Federation Place with it’s full-size sculpture of sheep and a Kelpie dog that are located within the roundabout in Scott Street as a tribute to the town’s early settlement days.
Situated in Scott Street, the Wheatland’s Warehouse is a second-hand dealership that is a maze of antiques and collectables that will keep you fossicking for hours.
The Wheatland Machinery Museum houses a large collection of historical farming machinery. Located 1km South of Warracknabeal on the Henty Highway, this 16-hectare site is dedicated to the collection, restoration and display of agricultural machinery used over the past 100 years, with particular emphasis on the wheat industry. Many items in the Museum are in working condition.
Warracknabeal’s annual Y-Fest Easter festival showcases a street parade, buskers, art show, vintage rally, golf tournament, horse races, water skiing demonstrations and much more. For additional information about Y-Fest go to www.yfest.com.au
The Fauna Park and Picnic Area located in Craig Ave was created and is maintained by the local Lions Club. This popular park is situated on a picturesque bend of the creek, surrounded by magnificent gums, providing free electric BBQ facilities, picnic tables, a children’s adventure playground and a collection of native birds and animals including kangaroos and emus in a large natural compound adjacent to the creek.

Watchem is a picturesque little town located on the Sunraysia Highway 317 kilometres north West of Melbourne.
Watchem Lake is a small lake located 3km west of Watchem on the Warracknabeal Road. The lake has camping facilities and is used for water sports and although it is small, the island in the centre breaks the waves created by speed boats and makes it a good lake for water skiing.  Space is at a premium on holiday weekends so please book ahead.

Located on the Sunraysia Highway, Woomelang was originally known as “Cronomby” after the natural waterhole that first attracted the early settlers to this area.
When the railway line arrived, the Government constructed earthen dams or “Tanks” as they became known, which are still there today but have been cleaned out and linked together to create a popular picnic area and fishing spot.
Cronomby Tanks was originally a precinct where steam trains reloaded water supplies but today it’s a rugged sanctuary where people can camp for free, picnic, bird watch and bush walk. The untamed Mallee bush that surrounds Cronomby Tanks makes you feel a million miles away and don’t forget to take a fishing rod and relax by the soothing ponds.
A fascinating attraction to the south of Woomelang is a shearing shed constructed during World War II. Due to wartime shortages, the shed is made of compacted kerosene tins. Woomelang has some great heritage and architecture including the heritage listed veranda/awning at the Woomelang Railway Station, the Court House and the local cemetery is a rich source of genealogical information.
Located south of Woomelang on the Sunraysia Highway is the Wild Dog Net Fence.
If you are looking for a good read, grab a copy of “Land Worth Saving”. This locally authored book tells the history of Woomelang between 1898 – 1980
As only one of three towns in Australia with a ‘street running’ train line Wycheproof is a unique place to visit. The main street, Broadway, is shared by pedestrians, vehicles and trains. In season trains can run twice a day. Wycheproof is home to the world’s smallest registered mountain Mt Wycheproof which soars 43m above the surrounding plain. With quintessential country hospitality, Wycheproof can cater for a short stop over or extended visit. You may just like it that much you’ll stay forever.
Heritage architecture, agricultural history and our natural environment are features within Wycheproof Township. Further afield take a picnic to the Glenloth district on the Avoca River a haven for bird watching, or south of Wycheproof to Wooroonook Lake.
Mount Wycheproof Reserve and lookout, includes a flora park and superb views of the district. Mt Wycheproof has distinctive flora and interesting rock formations. To get to the summit from Broadway turn into O’Connor Street then turn right into High Street and take the first left into Mount Street, a side road will lead to the lookout with superb views of the surrounding plains.
Walk or cycle around the Wycheproof walking track and look out for the Wycheproof Saleyards, (housing the largest store sheep sales centre in rural Victoria) and historic markers on the east and northern sides of the mount.
Willandra Farm Museum, is located at the southern end of Broadway, and is home to a collection of antique farm machinery and local memorabilia. Willandra features a slab hut, the old Ninyeunook Post Office, and single room school buildings from the local district. It is open weekends by prior arrangement. Telephone (03) 5493 7227
Centenary Park is a shady place to stop, rest and enjoy a picnic. The park has many attractions including bird aviaries, two log cabins (one displays historical furniture) and a chock-and-log fence. Its excellent amenities include barbecue and toilet facilities and a playground.
For those interested in heritage, there are several significant buildings in Broadway including the town’s Post Office circa 1889 located at Broadway and O’Connor, and the Old Courthouse circa1889 in High Street. The Buloke Shire offices and hall built in 1937are excellent examples of Art Deco architecture.
Wycheproof Men’s Shed welcomes visitors each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon
26km North of Wycheproof is the town of Nullawil. Known by locals and travellers as the home of The Iron Man. This great structure represents the art of sculpture at its finest hour and is easily found in O’Brien park on the Calder Highway. Nullawil is also a member of the Silo Art trail with a towering image of a farmer and his Kelpie on the towns 80 year old Silos painted by Australian contemporary street Smug. Look for the reference to the history of Nullawil, a “galah” and “stick” engraved on the Kelpies registration disc.
History buffs can venture to Auchmore, a historic homestead on the outskirts of town housing all the necessities used by the early pioneers of the district. Auchmore proudly preserves the history of Nullawil and district for future generations to enjoy.
Wycheproof’s Great Grain Festival and Music on the Mount, a harvest festival held in February every even year.
Annual Agricultural Show held mid-October.
Mt Wycheproof Cup –Derby Day in the Country a quintessential country thoroughbred race meeting on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup. Mt Wycheproof Cup is in the RACV top 50 things to do in Victoria.
If you’re looking for a National Park with everything, then this is the one! Enjoy nature walks, desert walks, lookout towers, 2WD and 4WD, camping, picnics, cycling and motor bike riding. There really is something for everyone at Wyperfeld National Park.
Autumn, winter and spring are the best times to visit the park. Please check the conditions of the park before you visit by calling the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 19 63 for more information.
Wyperfeld National Park can be accessed via Underbool, which is situated on the Mallee Highway, from Patchewollock and from Hopetoun on the Sunraysia Highway or via Rainbow and Yaapeet if coming from the south through Horsham.
There are many 2WD and 4WD tracks to explore in the Wyperfeld National Park. These tracks vary in length and difficulty. As weather conditions and seasons can affect the tracks, please contact Park Victoria on 13 19 63, view the brochure or visit their website for up to date information on track closures and fire danger.
As above, there are many walking trails through the Wyperfeld National Park. As weather conditions and seasons can affect the trails, please contact Park Victoria on 13 19 63 or visit their website. Some of the walking trails include Short, half day, full day and overnight.
Please contact Parks Victoria for up to date information on track closures and fire danger.
Wyperfeld National Park has around 450 species of native plants and over 200 species of birds; this is definitely a nature lovers delight. Why not see if you can find some emu or kangaroo tracks or watch lizards sunning themselves on the tracks. Explore the River Red Gums, Black Box woodlands, lakes and sand dunes.
Snow Drift Visitors area, set alongside one of the largest white sand dunes in the area, is only accessible by 4WD. It has fireplaces, toilet and picnic tables.
Yaapeet is a small town in the Southern Mallee about 30km west of Hopetoun and provides access to Lake Albacutya Regional Park and Wyperfeld National Park.
Yaapeet beach, which is part of the Lake Albacutya Park, is a popular picnic spot and whilst camping is permitted in most areas of the Park, facilities are limited. The normally dry Lake Albacutya comes alive when heavy rains cause water to flood into the extended lake system in the region. The park adjoins Wyperfeld National Park and has similar plants and animals.
Lake Albacutya Park is popular for water skiing, fishing, yabbying and boating when water levels are high enough. See more about Lake Albacutya.
Wyperfeld National Park has nature walks, desert walks, lookout towers, 2WD and 4WD tracks, camping, picnics, cycling and motor bike riding. See more about Wyperfeld National Park.

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