Your Romantic Getaway to Shepparton

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If you have been dreaming of your next Weekend Escape, why not plan something special for your loved one? At AUS Weekend Escapes, we have come up with the perfect plan for a romantic weekend away in Shepparton. Just a two-hour drive from Melbourne, Shepparton is ideally located; just far enough out of the city, yet not too far to drive, it’s ideal for your next Weekend Escape. 

Wollundry Lagoon – Pic credit: Greater Shepparton City Council

There are plenty of things for couples to do and plenty of places to explore, within this charming city. Keep reading to check out our suggested itinerary for your romantic getaway in Shepparton.


Enjoy Dinner for Two 

Once you have arrived and settled in, start the weekend off with an intimate dinner at one of Shepparton’s top restaurants. Bicaro’s Ristorante & Forno is known for its delicious food and extensive wine menu. Located on the East side of the Shepparton business district, Bicaro’s is a tucked away Italian gem. Grab yourself a table for two and enjoy some fantastic Italian cuisine, all made with the finest local and seasonal produce. To top it off, the Bicaro’s owner Sam Scarpari is also a talented winemaker and founder of Seraphim Wines. Limited production means most wines are allocated to the restaurant where you can enjoy a tasting and take away your own bottles at cellar door pricing. 

Australian Botanic Gardens – Pic credit: Greater Shepparton City Council


Explore the Botanic Gardens

Kick off Saturday with a leisurely stroll around the Botanic Gardens, originally a landfill site, the landscape has been transformed with Australian native plants and thoughtfully designed gardens, all with different themes. Climb to the peak in the middle of the gardens, named ‘Honeysuckle Rise’. This incredible lookout provides amazing views over the Shepparton countryside. These serene gardens are the perfect way to begin your day exploring everything Shepparton has to offer. 

Take a River Cruise 

Spend the afternoon aboard the MV Kingfisher and enjoy a boat trip through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands. Listen to your guide as they tell you the wonders of this incredibly special area and the wildlife which inhabits it; including 236 bird species, 50 mammals and more than 500 plant species. These wetlands are also home to the worlds largest single stand of River Red Gum. Make sure to book your seat in advance! This can easily be done online before you set off for your romantic getaway in Shepparton. 

Unwind at the Wellsprings Spa

Finish off your day of exploring at the Wellsprings Day Spa. Relax and unwind with one of the ‘Moments of Serenity’ packages. Make it extra special for you and your loved one, by adding a grazing plate and glass of sparkling to any of the serenity packages.  The treatment suites are designed to soothe, comfort and relax, ensuring that you leave calm and revitalised


Discover Cactus Country 

Before you head home, just a short drive from Shepparton centre you will find the magnificent Cactus Country, home to the largest collection of Cacti in Australia. Spend the morning surrounded by beautiful cacti and other succulents, whilst wandering through the 8 different walking trails which will take you on a journey through South American, Mexico, North American and South African sections of the garden. Don’t miss the Cactus Farmer Jim’s valley of hybrid giants, make sure you have your camera handy as this is the perfect photo opportunity. There is also a café on site where you can relax with a refreshing margarita and even try their famous cactus cake and ice cream. 

VIC Weekend Escape’s Top Hotel Pick 

Situated in the heart of the town, Wyndhamere Motel is an ideal base for your romantic getaway in Shepparton. There is a variety of accommodation options to choose from including a King Spa Room perfect for a couple’s weekend away. All rooms have large flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and room service available. Make sure you check out the new restaurant Angus & Co Bar & Grill for Shepparton’s best steak!

Pic credit: Wyndhamere Hotel

More things to do in Shepparton

For even more inspiration regarding things to do in Shepparton, check out our ultimate guide.