In partnership with West Wimmera Shire.
Nestled in the far west of Victoria and bordering South Australia, West Wimmera is the perfect stopover on a road trip between Adelaide and Melbourne. But this is much more than just a place to rest and refuel.
With mind-blowing nature and unique history, spending a few days here will quickly become the highlight of your trip. For Victorians or South Australians looking for a taste of adventure without the long drive, West Wimmera is a must-visit destination in its own right.
1. Unplug and enjoy
Stretching nearly 10,000 square kilometres, this undiscovered gem is the ideal place to relax and get away from the crowds. Come here to take in the serenity of nature, and to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
2. Wild wetlands
An incredible 25 per cent of Victoria’s wetlands are located here, many which are teeming with endangered birds, including brolgas, freckled ducks and migratory birds passing through from lands afar.
There is also excellent lake-side camping facilities, fishing, yabbying and endless water sports. Alongside the lake you can find the stunning Glenelg River. Jump in for a wild swim, enjoy a meandering kayak, or follow the self-guided tour and learn important insights into the Aboriginal history of the river.
3. Big (and little) deserts
Some of Victoria’s most unique national parks can be found in West Wimmera – Little Desert and Big Desert. Both national parks are a four-wheel driving and hiking heaven, perfect for intrepid and self-sufficient explorers thanks to the landscape’s huge, sandy expanse of low-lying scrub. A sunset here will never be forgotten.
4. Art trails
The Silo Art Trail stretches over 200 kilometres, turning Victorian country towns into Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. Goroke Silo Art and Kaniva Silo Art both draw on local, native flora and fauna, depicting them in all their colourful glory and towering up to 29 metres high.
There’s also the Sheep Art Trail in Kaniva, which has been painted by local artists and community groups. The art trail celebrates the town’s sheep history and is a great attraction for the kids. Pick up a map and see if you can find them all!
5. Quirky history
Aside from the beautiful scenery, you’ll quickly discover the region’s quirky history and quintessential Aussie legends. Dog lovers should head to Now Dach’s a Gallery in Edenhope, a dachshund museum (and paw-some place) home to all things sausage dog.
If sports are more your thing, then you’re spoilt for choice. West Wimmera is home to Australia’s first international cricket team, Victoria’s oldest racing club in Apsley, and even the Jimmy Tarpot Cup – a semi-regular race that sees participants try and beat the 14-second record for running 100 yards backwards.
To plan your next adventure, visit visitwestwimmera.com.au.