You'll find the Information Centre centrally located near the big windmill. Merino sheep were bred and run in the Kaniva District by squatters from the 1850s and 1860s. When the area was thrown open to selectors from 1875 onwards, sheep were run as the land was cleared, but were limited to where water was available. From around 1890 onwards the township sprung up, largely thanks to Fry's flour mill. However it was the windmill that provided a reliable water source for stock, pumping water from a bore that has been dug deep enough to access an underground aquifer. Nowadays, many farms have replaced windmills with solar pumps and the area is still dependant on underground water for urban and agricultural water supply, the main resource being the Tertiary Limestone Aquifer. The windmill in Kaniva is ornamental only. The towns gardens are all watered using the underground water and the Kaniva Wetlands fills from storm-water run off.
Kaniva Visitor Information Centre & Raine's Cafe 41 Commercial Street, Kaniva, Victoria, 3419 Raine's Cafe (03) 5314 9083Weekdays 8.30am - 4pm, Weekends and most Public Holidays 9am - 2.30pm WWSC (03) 5392 7700 - Weekdays 9 - 5pm.
Walking Tours There are several free walking tours that are available encompassing history, art, sheep art and the wetlands. Most of these leave from the Information Centre and include a variety of digital interactive gaming tours that can be accessed via your phone. Simply download the actionbound app (advert free) and search bounds near by or Kaniva. They are suitable for all ages and interest groups.
Caravan parking around town:
Maddern St, Long vehicle parallel parking on left hand side, near the Commercial Hotel opposite the toilets and windmill.
Wetlands and Fauna Park, includes toilets and BBQ area. (500 mt walk to main street from toilets, or 300 mts from aviary.)
Silo Art - front of the Band Park on Progress St. (200mt walk to the main street.)
Kaniva Shire Hall - Alongside Commercial St. (200mt walk to the main street.)
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