Your Ultimate Guide to Shepparton
27th July 2020
Shepparton in a nutshell
Situated on the floodplain of the Goulburn River, Shepparton Victoria is a charming city packed with things to do and see. Shepparton caters for those seeking a relaxing Weekend Escape, and will also keep the family busy and entertained during a short getaway. Offering visitors shops, restaurants and culture, Shepparton is a spot for just about anyone. Meanwhile, parks, reserves and forests through which multiple walking trails thread, provide a stunning countryside landscape and opportunity to relax. A nearby lake and plenty of parks offer visitors to Shepparton with multiple grassy spots for picnics and barbecues during the summer months. Plus, children’s playgrounds and leisure activities are abundant, meaning the kids will be more than catered for here. Shepparton truly offers all the attractions and activities you could ever wish for in a regional city.
The perfect Weekend Escape from Melbourne
The drive from Melbourne to Shepparton will take you approximately two hours. This Weekend Escape hotspot isn’t too close and certainly isn’t too far from home. Spend a night or two with the whole family and explore the countryside. Enjoy a meal out, relax by the lake, visit a gallery, take a hike and let the kids run wild at Australia’s largest adventure playground. If it’s an escape from the city you’re looking for this weekend, Shepparton might just be the ideal spot for you.
This Ultimate Guide to Shepparton includes all the information you need to start planning a relaxing Weekend Escape. Let us show you a selection of the best things to do in Shepparton this winter.
Things to do in Shepparton
Go to a local farmers market
At the local Shepparton Farmers Market – occurring on the first Sunday of each month – explore around 30 stalls teeming with local produce. Fresh products such as pastas, ciders, cakes and breads as well as fresh fruit and vegetables are all available to buy here. All stalls at this Farmers Market celebrate the best of the Goulburn Valley. For those into arts and crafts, the Shepparton Indoor Market is open seven days a week, and is host to local businesses selling anything from shoes and clothes, to candles and soaps. During your stay, get a real taste of Shepparton and shop local at either of these community focused markets.
Visit Victoria Park Lake
Known in the local Shepparton area for being a tranquil gem in the city, Victoria Park Lake is a centrally located and truly picturesque spot. Visit here on any evening or weekend day and find locals cycling, fishing, walking and playing outdoor games. Formerly a swamp, this public park was established in 1900 and named after Queen Victoria. Victoria Park itself covers a massive area of 43-hectares, making it an ideal place to spend some extended time. In parts, the meandering Goulburn River slices through the park, adding to the diverse setting of the place. Whether you’re looking for a place to play some outdoor games with the family, a picnic spot, or simply a setting to kick back and read a book, Victoria Park Lake is a great place to start.
Drop by the Motor Museum
Shepparton has a history of driving and is a major hub for Australian transport. What’s more, the city has one of the highest numbers of collector cars. The growing collection at Shepparton Motor Museum makes for a great day out for those with an interest in cars. Over 100 classic cars and collectables are on sale, as well as motorcycles and vintage bicycles. Drop by to discover a piece of Shepparton’s history at the Motor Museum.
Hire a canoe or kayak
With all the water available in and around Shepparton, it would be a shame not to take advantage. Drift down the Goulburn River on your very own canoe or kayak renting for an hour, half or full day with River Country Adventours. Explore the waterways and get a little exercise. When it comes to things to do in Shepparton, this has to be one of the best and most fun.
Take a hike
There are plenty of opportunities for hiking in Shepparton and the surrounding region. Explore the region on paths and routes which lead you through scenic bush landscapes, thick forests and riverside environments. Perhaps the best option for a short hike in Shepparton is the Dookie Rail Trail. The Dookie Rail Trail is a fairly short, scenic option for cyclists and pedestrians. Tranquil views of rolling hills and Australian cropping landscapes can be seen all around. The best views can be found on the Mulana Nin Iyoga Walking Trail. Head up the slopes of Mount Major and catch a glimpse of the encapsulating ranges.
Take the kids to Kyabram Fauna Park
There are plenty of things to do with kids in Shepparton, but a visit to Kyabram Fauna Park is one of the best. Home to around 600 native Australian animals, including wombats, wallabies, emus and koalas, this place is enjoyable for children and also adults. Also at the Fauna Park, you can find a reptile house hosting a crocodile, lizards, snakes and turtles as well as an insect display. Across the 55 hectares of woodland at Kyabram Fauna Park, you will find wetlands and lakes home to endless numbers of birds and wildlife. Free ranging kangaroos make for an immersive wildlife experience. Climb up to the top of the observation tower and observe the animals with a different perspective. At certain times throughout the day, animal interactions are on offer and you can get up close with the wildlife of the park.
Iconic in the Shepparton area, MooovingArt is an exhibition which involves the entire city. During your trip to Shepparton, you will find life sized cows, each painted different and all brightly coloured, scattered across parks and public spaces. Approximately 90 cows are on show and their ever-changing colours keep the exhibition alive. Discover the cows as you explore Shepparton, or alternatively head to their Facebook page and look for each location.
Enjoy an afternoon at Kidstown
Shepparton is home to the largest outdoor adventure playground in Australia. Suitable for children of all ages, KidsTown is world-class and can keep children busy for hours! Triggering the imagination and focusing on informing and entertaining children, the massive playground offers elements for those of all physical abilities. The park receives a whopping 150,000 visitors each year and is open 360 days. At five hectares large, KidsTown includes giant slides, train rides, mazes and much more. Picnic areas and barbecues are available across the park too, so if you’re looking for somewhere to spend the day, you can easily set up a base and bring lunch with you.
Stroll through the Botanic Gardens
Explore the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, where native Australian plants are interspersed amongst themed garden areas and wild bushland. Previously a landfill site, this impressive development has truly changed the landscape into something spectacular. The gardens were thoughtfully crafted to represent the great diversity and history of the region, in terms of its culture, environment and agriculture. Follow a story of Shepparton as you stroll through the vegetation.
Visitors can climb up to a peak in the centre of the gardens – Honeysuckle Rise – where a fantastic lookout offers gorgeous views of the green Shepparton landscape. Wander through the themed gardens and admire the beautiful design, native grassy bushland and wetlands across this seven hectare slice of serenity.
Take a river cruise
Another fabulous way to enjoy the waters of Shepparton is by boat. During your Weekend Escape to Shepparton, opt for a boat trip through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard MV Kingfisher. Glide across the waters and witness the timeless beauty of this stunning region. Towering gum trees line the water’s edge and abundant flora and fauna. Listen to your guide on board the boat and learn a little about the species of plants, animals and birds of Victoria’s Barmah National Park.
Explore Cactus Country
Head to Cactus Country and surround yourself with a wild landscape that you would expect to find in Mexico. Desert landscapes, sprinkled with lofty cacti and other succulents describe the otherworldly environment here. Spend the afternoon amongst the 12-acre garden and discover more than 4000 species of beautiful cacti. Eight unique trails which lead you through different continents, allow for a learning opportunity. Explore the landscapes of South America, South Africa, Mexico and much more. Then, once you’re done, a cafe and courtyard serving up ice cold margaritas, Mexican beers and cactus snacks is a must-visit. Don’t leave without trying some cactus cake and cactus ice cream!
Get active at Billabong Ranch Adventure Park
Billabong Ranch is a park dedicated to outdoor activities for the whole family. Head over to try out something new and get some exercise. A bouldering wall, mini-golf, pony riding, archery, pedal boats, a children’s playground and much more is on offer at this exciting Shepparton location. Bring the kids and spend the day in the fresh air. End your trip with a visit to the cafe.
Pick strawberries at Belstack Strawberry Farm
Take the kids to Belstack Strawberry Farm and pick your own strawberries. Free from chemicals and completely organic, the strawberries here stay fresh for longer. Wander through the farm and pick strawberries in the serene countryside environment and when you’ve finished, head to the Farmhouse. A selection of treats on offer, including sundaes and tasing plates come highly recommended. Lush gardens and mini golf make for a great afternoon setting. The kids will love it here, and there’s plenty for adults too.
Cafes and Restaurants in Shepparton
Cafes in Shepparton
Shepparton has a great cafe culture and offers a selection of cosy spots for your morning coffee, an all-day brunch or light lunch. Bakeries, coffee roasters and cafes make for a comfortable community vibe. At Cafe by The Little Gourmet Food Company, order tasty food and quality coffee in an 100-year-old red brick cottage surrounded by lawns. Alternatively, for light meals, local produce and excellent wines, stop by Eastbank Cafe. Salads, sandwiches, tarts and wraps describe the menu here.
Restaurants in Shepparton
Restaurants in Shepparton cater for those seeking Australian cuisine, but also international food. At Cellar 47, wood-fired pizzas and bistro cuisine is served up in a quaint yet contemporary Italian setting. Comfortable and cosy, this is one of the best restaurants in Shepparton. Drop by Aaagan Restaurant in Shepparton for an authentic and sumptuous Indian experience. The menu is packed with fragrance and lip-smacking tastes. Freshness and quality is the key to the delectable cuisine at Aaangan.
Finally, if you’re hoping to find some tasty classics in a casual environment, Angus&Co. is ideal and absolutely worth a visit. Steaks, salads, seafood – and other delicious modern classics served to perfection – can be found here. A casual and comfortable dining environment invites anyone and everyone from extended families, to couples.
Book your trip to Shepparton
Only two hours from Melbourne, Shepparton is a countryside town perfectly situated for a getaway from the city. It’s ideal for a Weekend Escape. Shepparton offers plenty of activities and is surrounded by luscious natural landscapes. This charming spot offers everything you could want from a weekend getaway in a regional town.
Looking for hotels in Shepparton? Check out our recommendation. Get your choice of Shepparton accommodation just right.
Nestled within the heart of Shepparton, The Wyndhamere Hotel is a spacious, modern and comfortable base for your Weekend Escape. Four star rooms and spa suites, as well as one bedroom apartments are all on offer. So, whether you’re visiting alone, or taking a trip with the family, you will be catered for here. An outdoor swimming pool adds a layer of luxury to your trip. What’s more, the restaurant on site means high-quality cuisine and casual dining right on your doorstep.
Grab yourself a comfortable room at the Wyndhamere Hotel in Shepparton this winter. Spend a weekend exploring the rural landscapes of Victoria.