Shepparton in Victoria is a major commercial centre, located between Nagambie and Numurkah. It’s on the Goulburn Valley Highway which is the main inland road route between Melbourne and Brisbane. The city is the fifth-largest city in regional Victoria.
Greater Shepparton is at the heart of the ‘food bowl of Australia’, producing high quality fruit, vegetables and agricultural goods. Situated on the banks of the Goulburn River, Shepparton has the ideal climate and environment for food production.
Shepparton is situated within the rich dairying, fruit growing and agricultural region of the Goulburn Valley. This area is responsible for producing around 25 percent of Victoria’s rural output. Major food companies in the area include SPC Ardmona and Campbells Soups. SPC Ardmona have a factory sales supermarket open to the public in Corio Street. The company claim it to be Australia’s largest food factory outlet.
The large commercial centre of Shepparton is based around the main thoroughfare of Wyndham Street and the mall. A communications tower, located off the Maude Street Mall, is open weekdays from 9am to 3pm. It offers visitors spectacular views over the city and surrounding countryside from a public viewing platform.
Shepparton’s cultural precinct is located in Wellsford Street. It consists of an art gallery featuring Australian ceramics and paintings. There is also a major war memorial located next to the council offices.
On the corner of Wellsford Street and High Street is the Paul Gribben Historical Precinct. It consists of the Shepparton Heritage Centre, which contains thousands of items tracing Shepparton’s history. It’s housed in the old Forester’s Hall (built in 1873) with farming equipment displays in the surrounding parkland.
A network of parks, reserves and forests follow the paths of the Goulburn and Broken Rivers through Shepparton. These offer good bushwalking tracks and picnic spots. There is a dense state forest between Shepparton and neighbouring Mooroopna along the river. The Peter Ross Edwards Causeway (Midland Highway) cuts through it to link the two communities together.
Moooving Art pays homage to the importance of the dairy industry in Greater Shepparton. The region produces a large percentage of Australia’s dairy exports, making the bovine a natural and perfect choice for this exhibition. Moooving Art was initially seen as a unique and innovative way to increase the dairy profile, whilst also increasing public art in the region. There are 90 cows in the herd – can you find them all? Remember, they move around, hence their name!
Victoria Park Lake, constructed in 1920 from a swamp, is located just south of the heart of Shepparton. It fronts the main highway and features walking tracks, bike paths, a skate park and boating facilities. Adjacent to the lake is the Aquamoves health and fitness centre which has both indoor and outdoor pools.