Chock-a-block full of events, this summer’s calendar offers every opportunity to fill your diary with a myriad of outings, including everything from horse racing to a visit to see the region’s new attraction,Kifaru the white rhinoceros, at the Hall’s Gap Zoo.
For more adventurous souls, why not book a flight and get a bird’s eye view of just how stunning the Grampians are, from the air!
For those who prefer their feet on the ground, anglers and casual fisherfolk can get out and about looking for the perfect spot to drop in a line and take home a big one, as the rivers are an enduring attraction.
As the weather warms, the horse racing season comes into its own, with Cup events and racing carnival features planned to draw enthusiasts to the track. It is a season of high fashion and of tough competition on the track and off.
The warming mornings will also ensure crowds will be taking advantage of the regular markets held throughout the region. These markets, jewels of some of the smaller centres including Jung, Haven, Pomonal and Natimuk, offer unique collections of goods from locally grown produce to items hand-crafted, clever or never before seen.
To find and read about more places to see and do click on the link to our summer out & about magazine HERE
Take the kids to the Halls Gap Zoo this summer for a grand day out. Set in in the foothills of the majestic Grampians mountain ranges, this amazing place is home to 160 species of native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds, plus the new Kifaru, a nine-year-old Southern White Rhinoceros bull.
He arrived on October 25, from the National Zoo in Canberra, and now the Halls Gap Zoo reports that Kifaru has settled into Grampians life wonderfully and he is cared for by some very smitten keepers!
It is five Olympic swimming pools long, over three storeys high and contains 560 poles or ‘sticks’ and is known as the Cathedral of the Wimmera. It is both HUGE and peacefully QUIET, built to hold 100,000 tonnes of wheat, and with wonderful acoustics.
The ‘mighty’ Murtoa Stick Shed stands majestically against the open skies of the Wimmera, built in 1941 as a solution for grain storage during the World War II wheat glut, when exports were restricted. The shed was originally one of three, built using logs of rainforest mountain ash and of those three is the only one still standing. It was saved by locals who recognised the cultural significance and uniqueness of the building.
“When you get inside the shed you get an extraordinary feeling about it that’s hard to explain,” says Judith Welsh, chair of the committee of management for the Murtoa Stick Shed. “We’re in the middle of the Wimmera and the Silo Trail. The Stick Shed is significant not only as a tourist attraction for Murtoa but for all of the nearby small towns too.”
There is so much to see and do in our amazing region, so check all that is on offer in the Summer Out & About magazine.
The tempting town of Rupanyup was 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".
The 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.
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 the headquarters 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.