Wimmera Mallee The Wimmera Mallee is home to the Silo Art Trail, and the heritage listed Stick Shed.The stick shed is a great day trip from Kaniva. The Silo Art trail is presently at 460km in length and takes in the famous Lake Tyrell.We recommend you take at least 3 - 4 days to do this road trip, which includes many murals and arty shops along the way. Woods Farming and Heritage Museum in Rupanyup and the Creekside Hotel in Warracknabeal are highly recommended.
Just 30 minutes East of Kaniva in Nhill is theNhill Aviation Heritage Centreopen most weekends and by appointment. TheAustralian Pin Ball Museumis an interactive museum showcasing a collection of quality pinball machines and pinball art. The playable machines on display at the museum range from the past 80 years to present day.Paw Po,is open 10 - 4pm weekdays. This unique venture showcases the culture and talents of the Karen women, who can be found most days weaving and making products for sale. You can also pop into Gallery Central in Nhill. It houses a number of local art works and crafts for sale along with a variety of special exhibitions or the private studio of renowned Wimmera artist Naomi Zanker. And check out Lola's Garage for quirky second hand vintage goods or Lowana for home baking. The Nhill Lake is a lovely peaceful spot and includes board walk, BBQs and play area. Visitors can also enjoy bush walking and cycling, coffee and a bite to eat at the nearbyLittle Desert Nature Lodge.
Dimboola Imaginarium is a whimsical living room filled with curios, collectables, toys, books, plants and other unique gifts. The Dimboola Store is a fantastic coffee shop and the historicVictoria Hotel is highly recommended. Nearby is the Pink Lake which glows pink in late summer.
Heading south, past the popular Lake CharlegrarkisEdenhope on the picturesque Lake Wallace, featuring the Historic Courthouse (open 7 days, free entry). Also worth a visit is the Red Tail Gallery and Now Dach's a Gallery. Apsleylies just 15 minutes east and is home to the 'art deco' Border Inn.
Goroke Silo Art is a 40 minute drive south east from Kaniva and features artwork by renowned bird artist Geoffrey Carran.The Goroke Memorial Hall features a moving display of service records and photographs. Goroke Visitor Information can be found at the Goroke Post Office - Ph 5386 1100. Nearby is the popular free camp of Lake Ratzcastle. Travelling toward Natimuk stop at the Jane Duff Memorial where a monument commemorates the iconic Australian 'Lost in the Bush' story. Mt Arapiles is a lovely scenic drive with campground nearby. Natimuk known for its arts culture also plays host to the Nati Frinj Festival held late October.
Baileys Rocks are 1 1/2hr hour's south of Kaniva. They are a series of ancient granite boulders in a dry creek bed within the northern section of Dergholm State Park. It is a very pretty area for a day trip or overnight camp. At Baileys Rocks campground, there are well maintained toilets, firepits, picnic tables, drinking water and two walking tracks. Nearby is Bilston's Tree, an 800 year old River Red Gum and the Pub in the Scrub, known for its wood fired pizzas.
Harrow is around 1 1/2 hours drive from Kaniva. It is a historic town on the banks of the Glenelg River. The Harrow Discovery Centre and the historic Hermitage Hotel are well worth a visit. Many main street buildings are well maintained and make for a pleasant walk. Low cost camping is available at the Johnny Mullagh Reserve. The Wimmera Mallee area includes the beautiful Wyperfield National Park. For those with a 4WD and a weekend to spare, this is well worth a visit. The peaceful park features emus and kangaroos, it has a variety of well maintained camping spots with plenty of fireplaces, toilets, shelters and picnic tables.
Kaniva, first and last highway town in Victoria. Gateway to the Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail. Home of Sheep Art.