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The Loddon Valley is a unique and wonderful
part of Victoria to visit and explore. The region
includes many attractions that offer visitors an
experience in unhurried holidaying, whether for
an extended stay or just a brief visit. Sit and sh
on the Loddon River, explore a National Park, visit
a winery, fossick for gold or take in the historical
streetscapes. These are just a few of the many
activities you can enjoy.
The Loddon Valley offers a base for visiting
large areas of central and northern Victoria, and
can easily be reached by road from Melbourne,
Bendigo or Mildura via the Calder Highway, or
Echuca and the other Murray River towns by the
Loddon Valley Highway. Covering an area of 6700
square kilometres, the region is well known for its
natural attractions including rivers, lakes, State
and National Parks and nature reserves. From
Aboriginal sites to early European settlements to
relics of gold rush, there is also plenty of history
to immerse yourself in.
Recreational activities abound whether sporting,
such as bushwalking, shing, canoeing, kayaking,
rock climbing, golf or bowls to quieter pursuits
including sightseeing, fossicking and browsing
the local shops and wineries.
Visitors can obtain a variety of self drive audio
CD’s from the Loddon Visitor Information Centre
and learn about the history, heritage and culture
of this magnicent region. Pre organised tours of
the Loddon Shire Tourism Region are designed
for groups of 10+ people.
For further information contact the Loddon Visitor
Information centre on (03) 5494 3489, email
walk in at 24 Wilson Street, Wedderburn.
Explore and enjoy Victoria’s backyard
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What’s On Where
WHAT’S ON WHERE
Maryborough Highland Gathering, Maryborough
Australia’s oldest sporting contest gives the new year an energetic
start, with athletics events, the Maryborough Gift, highland dancing and
pipe bands, highland games, a street parade and a fireworks show.
Happy New Year!
Tel: 03 5461 1904
Summer by the Sea, Melbourne
The Victorian coast offers up a multitude of fun summer events, from
canoeing and snorkelling to bushwalking – even drumming on the
beach. Take a look at the Summer by the Sea calendar online to plan
some sun-drenched summer days.
Tel: 136 186
Alpine Valleys Gourmet Weekend, Bright
High country is fantastic in summer, and at this delectable festival you’ll
be able to taste the region’s innovative wine and beautiful food as you
relax by the Ovens River. Don’t miss al-fresco lunches and wine and
food matching at the local eateries.
Tel: 03 5751 1575
Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show, Wonthaggi
Not only does this great event have typical show offerings, there are
also farm animals including ferrets, snakes, and lizards. Live rock’n’roll,
jazz and country music are a great soundtrack as you watch the
entertainment and enjoy great carnival food.
Tel: 03 5672 3259
Portarlington Mussel Festival, Portarlington
What could be better than wine, olives and cheese while you’re taking
in the spectacular Victorian coastline? Add mussels to the equation,
and you’ve got everything you need. Try the mussels prepared in a
variety of different ways, and enjoy the music of South American band
Tel: 03 5259 2412
Geelong Vintage Rally, Geelong
This vintage rally will delight engine enthusiasts. See steam and internal
combustion engines, working and static steam models, and vintage
farm machinery, and enjoy refreshments, all to the tune of country
Tel: 03 5221 1707
The 20th Boite Singers’ Festival, Daylesford
Victoria’s spa country comes alive with the sounds of voices in
harmony, as singers participate in workshops and concerts throughout
the beautiful town of Daylesford. The festival opens with a free outdoor
Tel: 03 9417 1983
Frankston Waterfront Festival, Frankston
Frankston’s waterfront is a lovely place to enjoy the entertainment,
canoeing, belly-dancing, and wine and beer garden that this unique
festival offers. Saturday night ends with spectacular fireworks over the
Tel: 03 9784 1968
Australian Open, Melbourne
Travellers flock to Melbourne for this iconic tennis grand-slam event.
Go early in the competition to get some great deals on ground passes,
or pay a bit more to see the big names of the sport battle it out in the
Tel: 03 9914 4400
Murray River International Music Festival, Mildura
There will be music, wine, food, and plenty of fun at this lovely
summertime festival. Artists will perform at various venues, including
wineries, riverside stages, and even on riverboats.
Tel: 03 5002 0005
Golden Beach Surf Fishing Competition, Golden Beach
Anglers will line up on the beach to take part in this fun event. As well
as the fishing competition, there is live music, an art and craft market,
bric-a-brac stalls, and a lot of excitement.
Tel: 03 5146 3447
Eltham Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival, Eltham
This is the ninth year of the Eltham Jazz and Blues Festival, and it’s only
getting better. See great jazz, blues and gospel as you enjoy a fantastic
combination of food, wine, art and shopping. A great day out.
Tel: 03 9431 4498
Swan Hill Australia Day Breakfast, Swan Hill
Celebrate Australia with a big barbeque breakfast, music,
entertainment, awards, flag raising, balloon release and more. Locals
and visitors will have a ball on the banks of the Murray River.
Tel: 03 5036 2361
Australia Day in Bendigo, Bendigo
The nation stops for barbeques, picnics and family gatherings on
Australia Day, and Bendigo is no different. Enjoy events across the city
of Bendigo, from small local celebrations to a day-long party at Lake
Tel: 1800 813 153
Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir
Celebration, Red Hill
The beautiful Mornington Peninsula hosts a tempting weekend of wine
tasting at local cellar doors, as well as gourmet delights cooked up by
regional chefs. On the Sunday, guests can enjoy a relaxed afternoon
and participate in a masterclass.
Tel: 03 5989 2377
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