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19 Things to do in Shepparton with Kids

admin 09 Jul 2018

Whether you are seeking a relaxing family holiday or an adventure packed escape, you will find plenty to do in Greater Shepparton all year round.

Home to Australia’s largest adventure playground, SPC KidsTown offers an adventure like no other.  Giant slides, fruit bin mazes, accessible play equipment and so much more, the playground allows parents to relax whilst the kids go wild!  KidsTown is also home to the annual KidsFest which attracts thousands of families for the two day festival during the September school holidays.

For older children and the young at heart, activities abound with ten pin bowling, mini golf, Fun City, “Go Jump”, Emerald Bank Liesureland and Inflatable World.  Bring your swimmers and head to Aquamoves, equipped with indoor and outdoor pools, a rapid river, water slide and splash park for the kids. 

Aquamoves

http://www.aquamoves.com.au/

Tom Collins Drive,
Shepparton VIC 3630
03 5832 9400

Aquamoves is Greater Shepparton+’s premier recreational centre, located centrally in Shepparton near the Victoria Park Lake and All Abilities Playground.

The indoor pool facililties provide hours of fun with the Rapid River, Water Slide and Tarzan Swing. Other features include a leisure pool, 25 metre pool, hydrotherapy pool and spas and sauna. The centre also boasts an outdoor 50 metre pool.

A spacious gym and more than 80 group fitness classes each week offer a great exercise experience.

Aquamoves is a diverse club, providing facilities and services to the wider community.  We have been part of the Goulburn Valley region for over 17 years and have developed many programs to cater for all abilities.

Opening Hours

Mon-Thu: 6am to 9pm
Friday: 6am to 8pm
Weekends: 8.30am to 5pm

Belstack Strawberry Farm

http://www.belstackstrawberryfarm.com/

80 Bennetts Road,
Kialla VIC 3631

03 5823 1324

You haven’t experienced the true flavour of fresh fruit until you pick your own.

Belstack’s strawberries are grown without chemicals so they taste yummy and stay fresh longer. And Picking your Own is lots of fun too!

You can check out the extensive range of gourmet foods including the Belstack Strawberry Farm range of jams and sauces. Favourites include ‘Bloody Hot’ Tomato Chilli Sauce and the varieties of berry fruit sauces for ice cream, pancakes and desserts.

You can also relax with a delicious Strawberry Sundae at the Belstack Strawberry Farm.

Opening Hours

7 days a week 10.00am to 5.00pm between October and May

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Billabong Ranch Adventure Park

http://www.billabongranch.com.au/

Tehan Road (near Corner Glanville Road),
Echuca VIC 3564
0354835122

Indoor Mini Golf, Archery & Bouldering. Guided Animal Nursery Tours. One and two hour Horse Trail Rides along local Rivers & through Bushland. Bungee Trampolines, Camel Rides, Pedal Boats, Frisbee Golf & Pony Rides all on the one site.

Billabong Ranch offers a wide range of adventure activities for all the family. Choose to do things individually or take advantage of one of our packages. Horse Trail rides cater for all levels from age five years and up. Pony Rides, led by our staff, are ideal for budding young riders. Try your aim at the indoor archery or challenge yourself on our 30 metre long Bouldering Wall. If you are competitive, you may find these addictive. Bounce high on our Bungee Trampolines or cuddle up with some of our furry friends in the guided Animal Nursery Tour. Laze away on our Pedal Boats with unlimited use for the day. Billabong Ranch is open 9.00am to 5.00pm with our licensed Café open all day as well. Spend an hour, spend all day, the choice is yours.

Opening Hours
Seven days, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
https://www.facebook.com/BillabongRanch.com.au

 

Billabong Sweets and Treats
8 New Dookie Road,
Shepparton VIC 3630
https://www.facebook.com/Billabong-Sweets-and-Treats-317840484930887

03 5822 1716

Indulge in the huge assortment of mouth watering confectionary, chocolates and cold drinks. Billabong Sweets & Treats caters for all, we can assist with a little treat for that afternoon sugar boost or we can provide bulk supplies for all your party or event needs.

Billabong Sweets & Treats is a non-profit Business Enterprise of ConnectGV.

Whilst the business has been established to provide you with quality sweets and treats, by purchasing Billabong products you are supporting your local community by providing employment and training options for people with a disability.

Billabong packages quality sweets on the premises – see for yourself through our viewing window to the processing area.

ConnectGV is renowned for its long history of over 55 years and its quality options, services and products the are accessible to all within the local region.

Opening Hours
8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Cactus Country

4986 Murray Valley Highway,
Strathmerton VIC 3641

0427 745 271

Cactus Country offers a unique experience in Australia. More than 4,000 species of cacti and succulents from around the globe are presented in an unforgettable journey throughout eight different garden trails.

The largest collection of cacti in Australia. You will find 10 acres of a spectacular garden divided into their countries of origin in eight different trails to explore. There are no cacti native to Australia, although, as you’ll see, they feel very much at home in our environment. While out in the garden you may see a plant that would look great in that pot you’ve recently bought or perhaps you are starting your own Cactus garden, we sell cuttings!

Admission charges apply.

Opening Hours

Everyday from 9.00am to 5.00pm

https://www.facebook.com/cactuscountryaus
https://www.instagram.com/cactuscountry/

Cold Rock Ice Creamery

465 Wyndham Street,
Shepparton VIC 3630
03 5821 5444

With over 3000 flavour combinations, other ice cream just got boring.

Cold Rock has a huge range of freshly made ice cream, gelato and sorbet.

Choose your favourite chocolates, lollies, fruit and nuts and watch as they smash and blend your creation on the special “cold rock”.

Cold Rock Ice Creamery was born out of the suburb of Aspley, Queensland in 1996 and we are proud to now span over 90 stores Australia wide. From humble beginnings, a franchise model was selected to grow the business throughout Queensland and then across Australia.

The previous management team purchased the Australian Franchise System of Cold Rock in August 2002 and set about using their expertise to build Cold Rock as the premier ice cream franchise in Australia.

Cold Rock achieved a milestone in November, 2008 with the eightieth store opening in Melbourne, Victoria. The Cold Rock franchise is currently owned and managed by the Franchised Food Company and is proudly 100% Australian owned and made.

Opening Hours

Summer: 11.00am-10.00pm
Winter: Noon-9.00pm every day.

https://www.facebook.com/ColdRockIceCreamery/
https://www.instagram.com/coldrockofficial/

Emerald Bank Adventure Park
7717 Goulburn Valley Highway,
Kialla VIC 3630

http://www.emeraldbank.net.au/

When it comes to entertaining the family, Adventure Park at Emerald Bank Leisure Land is the place to be.

With a touch of heritage and plenty of activities and rides, the whole family will enjoy the space to be active and have fun at the same time. The kids can test their skills on the climbing wall or at archery, and there is the more leisurely rides on a pony, mini train or hay cart. The newest addition is the pedal cart track which is proving a real hit with all ages. The younger kids can jump all day on the jumping castle or delight at the carousel. Check out the resident animals and then spend time on the paddle boats. There is something for everyone!

Mum and Dad can join in the fun or sit and relax undercover with a coffee or cool drink while the kids are entertained. The onsite cafe serves coffee and home baked light lunches, ice cream, popcorn and cold drinks. An undercover picnic area with barbecue facilities is ideal for an adventurous day out. Children’s birthday parties are a specialty and Adventure Park is available for hire form group bookings and functions. We look forward to your visit.

General admission is $2 per person, or purchase a wrist band for $8.50 for unlimited rides and entertainment.

https://www.facebook.com/Emerald-Bank-Leisure-Land-166155750165175/

Dookie Rail Trail
67-71 Mary Street,
Dookie VIC 3646

The Dookie Rail Trail offers scenic views of rolling hills, seasonal crops, wildlife and a town with spirit. This trail is suitable for all ages, with gentle hill climbs and great views of the Dookie & Yabba Districts.

About the Dookie Rail Trail

The Dookie Rail Trail is a very picturesque trail. Albiet a relatively short bitumen trail at only 4.7kms (9.4kms return). This scenic trail is set at the base of Mt Saddleback and traverses some of the Goulburn Valley’s most fertile farm land.

After a gentle climb you can turn back to see the majestic view of Mt Major to the South, Gentle Annie hill to the South East. As you cross over the range you will gently meander onto the Yabba flats with their olive and orange groves, vineyards, cropping lands and the ever memorable Dookie Red loams.

Look out for the Wildlife!

Keep your eyes peeled!! … If you’re lucky you might just happen upon ‘Willy the Wombat’, at the 3rd intersection (Hooper’s Rd) … Willy has made a den in the under-road drain!

There have been many sightings of Echidna’s, Blue Tongue Lizards, kangaroos and even two Wedge-Tailed Eagles along with everyone’s favourite the Koala! … not to mention the possums, and incredible bird life that inhabit the trees along the trail and the odd rabbit or two! … and although they are not so wild, there are always sheep, and often lambs, in the paddocks nearby … See if you can spot the camels!!

Fun Planet

8025 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla, Victoria,
Shepparton VIC 3630

Enjoy Shepparton’s best value family entertainment. Unlimited passes now available, starting at just $15 per person! That’s access to all amusements, including go karts, rock climbing, laser tag, mini golf, bungee run, balladium, virtual reality, simulators and a children’s playground. Simply select how long you’d like to play 1 hour, 3 hours or all day. It’s out of this world entertainment!

Fun Planet is a family entertainment complex with something for all ages, young and young at heart.

  • Go Karts
  • Laser Tag
  • Mini Golf
  • Haunted House
  • Balladium
  • Billiard Hall.

Kid’s parties are a specialty and groups can be catered for with loads of fun packages to choose from.

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Friday 11.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am to 8.00pm
Sunday 11.00am to 6.00pm

Kingfisher Cruises – Barmah
kingfishercruises.com.au

Barmah VIC 3630
03 5855 2855

Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless, natural beauty and peace as when you are gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard MV Kingfisher.

You’ll understand why they have been named “Wetlands of International Importance” as you slip quietly across the water in the dappled shade of towering gums of the worlds largest single stand of River Red Gum. The Barmah forest is also a place of deep and continuing significance to Yorta Yorta Aboriginal people and you can find the Dharnya Aboriginal Cultural Centre only minutes away from MV Kingfisher’s departure point.

Cruises depart from the Day Visitors Area, Barmah Lake on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. 

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Kyabram Fauna Park
75 Lake Rd,
Kyabram VIC 3620
(03) 5852 2883

The Park has the second largest collection of Australian Fauna in Victoria, including Koalas, Alpine Dingoes, Owls, Snakes, Wombats, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, Cockatoos, Parrots, Waterfowl, Cranes, Finches, Lizards and many more. There is a large Walk Thru Aviary; Australia’s first, energy efficient Reptile House, Wetland Viewing Hides and a Wetland Observation Tower.

There is a large Walk-Thru Aviary; Australia’s first energy efficient Reptile House, Wetland Viewing Hides and a Wetland Observation Tower.

Located in the Goulburn Valley of northern Victoria, the Park covers some 55 hectares of open woodland, wetlands and lakes. Rehabilitation of degraded lands and re-vegetation programs for many areas of the Park have provided habitats that now attract over 140 species of native birds, animals and amphibians.

Add 105 species of Australian animals, birds and reptiles, which form part of the Park’s permanent exhibits, and you have an outstanding and unique community project.

Opening Hours

9.30am to 5.30pm, open 7 days per week (except Good Friday and Christmas Day)

Park History:
In 1967, Public Meetings were held in Kyabram to discuss how best to develop and utilise a large area of degraded farm and public land, which had been used as an “unofficial” tip site for some 80 years; this land was situated within the Town of Kyabram boundaries.

Some of the land was used to hold stormwater run-off, whilst the rest of the area had been left disused and degraded. The idea to develop a Wildlife Park was mooted at these meetings, and with a general consensus obtained, the Kyabram Fauna Park then came in to existence.

Located in the Goulburn Valley of Northern Victoria, the Park covers some 55 hectares of open woodland, wetlands, and lakes. Our Park is R.V. Friendly. Rehabilitation of degraded lands and re-vegetation programs for many areas of the Park have provided habitats which now attract over 140 species of native birds, animals and amphibians. Add 145 species of Australian animals, birds and reptiles, which form part of the Park’s permanent exhibits, and you have an outstanding and unique community project.

Interesting exhibits include “The Nestlé Invertebrate Exhibition,” displaying Spiders, Scorpions and Stick Insects.

The Park is developing a fabulous conservation and educational flora resource, available to all visitors. There is a native flora display, with over 250 species of native plants, grasses and trees, including some Eucalypts which are over 250 years old.

Kingfisher travels the narrowest section of the Murray River, between Albury and the ocean called the ‘Narrows’ or the ‘Barmah Choke’ where the river travels at almost twice the normal speed. The Murray River here separates Victoria’s Barmah National Park from Moira, Millewa and Gulpa Forests in New South Wales – combined the area ranks as the world’s largest stand of River Red Gum. It is a wildlife haven for 236 bird species, 50 mammals and more than 500 plant species. When water levels allow the two-hour cruises also explores the Barmah Lake and a short land excursion is often included along the way.

Hear fascinating commentary form your certified eco guide about the hundreds of species of water birds, animals and native fish that have made the Barmah Wetlands and Forest their home, and about myths and legends of this very special are.

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Moooving Art
http://visitshepparton.com.au/moooving-art

Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre,
33 Nixon Street,
Shepparton VIC 3630
1800 808 839

MooovingArt is an exhibition using a unique 3D canvas: life sized cows! Scattered throughout parks, gardens, public spaces and businesses, there are over 90 ever-changing, colourful fibreglass girls in the herd, each one individual and distinctive in their persona.

Keep track of the latest herd changes by following Moooving Art on Facebook, or check out the Moooving Art section of this website for a full herd listing with photos, locations and names.

An ever-changing landscape of art…

Greater Shepparton’s Moooving Art Cows are an iconic part of the Greater Shepparton landscape. Scattered throughout the municipality Moooving Art is an ever-changing public art exhibition using a unique canvas – 3D life sized cows!

You will find the girls in parks, gardens, businesses and public spaces, there are over 90 in the herd and you will also find them high up in the sky!  Each one is an individual and distinctive in their persona.  In Shepparton cows adorn city parks and public places bringing colour and personality to the city.

Keep track of the latest herd movements and new additions by following Moooving Art on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or check out the herd locations on this website.

Murchison Rail Trail
Gregory Road,
Murchison VIC 3630

An 8-kilometre section of trail from the Murchison Township to the rail bridge at Channel Inlet Road which includes the recently refurbished historically significant bridge over the Stuart Murray Canal and borders the unique ecosystem of Doctor’s Swamp wetlands.

A line from Murchison East on the Shepparton railway was constructed to the gold mining town of Rushworth in 1890 and extended to Colbinabbin in 1914. Rushworth became a junction when a line was constructed to Girgarre in 1917. A diversion of the line was necessary when the Waranga Basin was constructed. The lines were all closed by 1987.

The trail offers easy access to the Parks Victoria picnic area on the western boundary of the swamp. Eventually the trail will continue along to Channel Inlet Road giving easy access to Waranga Basin. On completion the trail will cover 19km.

Noorilim Estate
www.noorilimestate.com.au

205 Wahring-Muchison East Road,
Wahring VIC 3608
03 5826 2444

Noorilim is one of the most lavish and best-preserved country mansions ever constructed in Australia. Designed by James Gall and built in 1879 for Mr William Irving Winter-Irving MLC, it features Minton tiles, marble fireplaces, and 10 bedrooms. The estate is surrounded by 20 acres of botanical gardens and 75 acres of vineyards.

Noorilim Estate is quite possibly the largest privately owned botanical gardens in the country and is also the location of the 1879 Italianate homestead that has been described as one of the best preserved 19th century mansions in Australia containing a grand hall featuring Minton tiles, 10 bedrooms, 15 fireplaces, 7 staircases an under ground living compartment, cellar and organ gallery where Dame Nelly Melba once sang!

The gardens contain over 300 established trees including 136 year-old Moreton Bay Figs, River Red Gums, Pines and English Elm to name a few.

Noorilim Estate is now open on selected Sundays for entry to the gardens and tours of the beautifully restored homestead. Why not pack a picnic lunch to enjoy with the family in the lush gardens with a view of the ornamental lake and abundant bird life.

Admission charges apply.

Opening Hours

Please check www.noorilimestate.com.au for upcoming open day dates.
Contact Fords Coaches for organised tours. Phone: (03) 5821 3777.
Private groups (minimum 20 people) by appointment.

River Country Adventours

http://adventours.com.au/tours/shepparton_tours.htm
13 Mackie Street,
Kyabram VIC 3620
0428 585 227

River Country Adventours offer a wide range of tours and adventures including Outback Flights, Canoe Safaris on the Goulburn River, and Eco-Tourism and Heritage Tours throughout Victoria.

For groups large and small, our day trips and extended tours are suitable for people of all ages.

These day and half-day tours are available for the many groups of people and partners attending business seminars and conventions in the City of Greater Shepparton. All tours delve into the colourful history and heritage of the district as well as taking a closer look at the unique environment, and will visit some leading local wineries.

River Country Adventours are locally based accredited tour operators, and since 1993 has been providing quality tours and outings for people visiting regional centres in the State.

These day and half day tours are available for the many groups of people and partners attending business seminars and conventions in the City of Greater Shepparton.  All tours delve into the colourful history and heritage of the district as well as taking a closer look at the unique environment, and will visit some leading local wineries.

Suitable for people of all ages.

Shepparton & District Tours

  1. Barmah Experience
    Coach tour to the wetland on the Murray River, 2-hour cruise on “Kingfisher”.
  2. Canoeing
    Half-day and full day paddling on the Goulburn River. Safaris & camping available.
  3. Wines of the Valley
    Mystery winery tour. The tour will visit at least 4-leading Central Victorian vineyards. Itinerary and quote on application.
  4. Gold & Iron Bark (half day)
    This tour delves into the history of the gold rush in Victoria 1851-1870, is easy paced and available for groups and people looking for a nature based escorted outing, fun and friendly.

For more information about how to find us, give us a call and we will be happy to give you detailed instructions or visit our website for a map.

Riverside Gardens Garden Centre & Mini Golf
www.riversidegardens.com.au

7715 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Shepparton, victoria,3630,
Shepparton VIC 3630

One of regional Victoria’s largest Garden Centres, incorporating an 18 hole Mini Golf Course set amongst 5 acres of gardens. Awarded Best Medium Garden Centre in Victoria 3 years in a row.

There’s something for people of all ages to do and enjoy at Riverside Gardens. Our nursery caters for all of the home gardener’s needs as well as carrying a unique range of gift lines and garden decor items. The nursery is well laid out with wide concrete paths for easy wheelchair and pram access.

Riverside Gardens Mini Golf course is set amongst 5 acres of landscaped gardens surrounding a lake. Its an activity that ALL the family can enjoy together and age is no barrier. Come for an hour or come for a day. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the peaceful surroundings or dine at the Windmill Cafe right next to the 18th hole. Located on the southern outskirts of Shepparton at Emerald Bank Leisure Land, the Nursery and Mini Golf are open 7 days a week. 

Opening Hours

9.00am – 5.00pm 7 days a week.
Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.
Last start for Mini Golf is 1 hour before closing time.

Shepparton Festival
www.sheppartonfestival.org.au

Annual event – March,
Shepparton VIC 3630

“Unique events in unusual places”. First staged in 1997, the Shepparton Festival has grown to deliver an exciting array of arts and cultural activites each March that celebrate the peoples and places of Greater Shepparton.

The Shepparton Festival has played a major role in changing the face of the arts culture in the region by giving the arts a greater profile and acceptance. In fact, the Shepparton Festival has had an impact on the way Shepparton views “itself” and is viewed by others.

Shepparton now hosts a strong annual program of touring professional performing arts events, reflecting the uniqueness of the Shepparton Festival and of our region in a way that attracts local patronage as well as visitors from afar.

The diverse program achieves a balance between the innovative and the mainstream in a way that was calculated to appeal to a wide audience.

There is an emphasis on mixing community created arts with professionally produced and performed work. In particular, the Shepparton Festival has been successful in bringing professional artists to work with community groups in the development of new work.

Shepparton Motor Museum

7725 Goulburn Valley Highway,
Kialla VIC 3631

03 5823 5833

World class Motor Museum. Vehicles from all eras, including motor cars, motor cycles, bicycles and pedal cars.

More than 80 cars and motorbikes including modern motors, vintage restorations and rare motorbikes will be housed at the purpose built museum with associated motoring memorabilia. Feature displays rotating every three months, something new to look at every time you visit. Quality and interesting display sure to impress!

The home of Australian motoring

Shepparton has a long history of driving; it is the home of the original Driver Education Centre Australia (DECA), is a major Australian transport hub carrying the produce of the region throughout the country and has one of Australia’s highest levels of collector car ownership.

The museum is a living collection and is constantly growing to help ensure our motoring history is preserved for future generations. As well as regular exhibitions throughout the year,  a new selection from the collection is curated for display four times per year.

The Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles is home to up to 100 classic, heritage and muscle cars including motorcycles and vintage bicycles.

All our vehicles have been generously loaned or donated for display from not only Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley, but across Victoria and Australia.

The vehicles are complemented by a wide range of petrol memorabilia including enamel signs, petrol bowsers, oil cans and bottles and many other items tracing the history of motoring.

Our exhibits are regularly refreshed and rotated to ensure there is something new and exciting for first time and returning visitors.

We are always on the look-out for items or cars to display, so if you have a special vehicle or memorabilia you would like to loan or donate a vehicle or other collections to the museum, please contact us.

Entry

  • Adults: $14 (RACV Members: $12)
  • Children (under 16): $10
  • Seniors: $10
  • Family: $35

*Prices may change without notice. Prices correct as at January 2018

Opening Hours

Open 7 days, 10.00am – 4.30pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

SPC Kidstown
www.kidstown.org.au

Midland Highway – Shepparton Mooroopna Causeway,
Shepparton VIC 3630
03 5831 4213

Kidstown is the largest outdoor adventure playground in Australia. Suitable for all ages.

SPC KidsTown is a world-class children’s adventure playground located an easy two-hour drive from Melbourne on the Midland Highway between Shepparton and Mooroopna in Victoria.

Designed to entertain, stimulate and inform children, parents will be delighted at the creative, imaginative and, most of all, safe play equipment available to children. The playground has facilities for children of all physical abilities, including wheelchair access for some equipment.

A kiosk is open daily between 10am and 2pm Monday – Friday and 10am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday, Victorian School holidays and Public Holidays, (Please note that these times can change without notice due to weather condtions) .

There are lots of shaded seats for parents near the equipment, as it is a requirement that all children are supervised by an adult at all times. We receive over 150,000 visitors a year, so come and see for yourself, and enjoy a unique holiday the whole family will love.

We are open 360 days of the year from dawn to dusk and entry is by gold coin donation per person.

Opening Hours

Open 360 days of the year, from dawn until dusk.

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