Just two hours north of Melbourne
, Shepparton lies at the heart of a region dubbed "the food bowl of Australia". Greater Shepparton is home to a colourful range of fresh produce that makes its way into kitchens across the country, from cherries, apples, pears and grapes to olives and tomatoes. But with more than just food (and wine) on its doorstep for tourists to enjoy, Shepparton is a great getaway at any time of the year. So choose from our range of Shepparton hotels, whether you’re longing for a warm and cosy winter escape, or a summer road trip away from the city.
The area started out with just a river crossing built to help travellers moving east from the Bendigo
gold fields. A travellers’ inn was built to accommodate weary drifters soon after, and Shepparton has been a home away from home for travellers ever since. As the region slowly became recognised for its fertile lands, more and more people began to settle in the area, with the name of ‘Shepparton’ emerging around 1855.
Today, the Greater Shepparton area is home to almost 60,000 people. If you’re interested in exploring its evolution into a big country city, historical museums in the area are proud to share a piece of the past. The Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum includes a collection detailing the area’s seven World War II Prisoner of War and internment camps. The Shepparton Art Museum houses a permanent collection of Australian art and the country’s most prominent collection of ceramics. The Heritage Centre Museum delves into every aspect of Shepparton’s past, all found in the town’s oldest standing building.
For those who are keen to unveil the local natural wonders, Greater Shepparton offers cycling routes to suit a leisurely family pedal, a scenic bush ride, or a more heart-thumping off-road biking experience. If you packed your golf clubs instead, the area has some of Australia’s best country golf courses. If you forgot your sporting equipment altogether, then take the kids to SPC Ardmona KidsTown – the largest outdoor playground in Australia!
If the girls are keen to bring back souvenirs in the form of fashion, Shepparton offers a unique shopping experience. From boutiques to specialty stores and major chains, both young and old can find something to suit their style. If you’re the kind that finds shopping for food exciting, then the SPC Ardmona and Campbells factory outlets offer great quality products at discounted prices .
Better yet, the restaurants in the region are not to be missed. Cafes, wine bars, bistros, bakeries and restaurants make the most of the region’s finest, as do the many local farmers’ markets. However, putting together a gourmet picnic basket just isn’t complete without a visit to a local cellar door or farm gate. Shepparton boasts some of the state’s oldest and best wineries and an international following for the region’s quality dairy, so visiting local producers for gourmet cheeses, deli items, fruits and sweets will prove an experience savored.
Book your holiday in time for International Dairy Week in January, the Mooroopna Fruit Salad Day in February, or the Shepparton Show in October to make the most of the region’s offerings. We have everything from hotels to self-catered apartments and holiday parks so that your Shepparton accommodation is covered.