This free day has been organised by the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee in conjunction with Council. It was inspired by ‘Open House Melbourne’ when hundreds of buildings (not only heritage places) are open.

There are three ways to visit our heritage places:

Download the Heritage Open Day 2017 Brochure in PDF format. It contains all information in this section of the website.

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Planning your day

You may have to make hard decisions! Getting from one place to another takes time in an extensive municipality such as ours. With careful planning you should be able to do a few different things. The Committee has tried to stagger tour and venue times, while fitting in with what the generous venue owners and proprietors are able to offer.

Remember: suitable footwear, water, sun protection. And watch your step at all times. Please treat these properties with respect, mindful of how generous-spirited the owners and proprietors have been in opening on this day.

Important Booking Information: Bookings are essential for some venues/activities and can be made on 03 5832 9730. Please check listings for booking requirements.

Partners

A big thank you to the following organisations for their support:

  • Buses for the tours have been generously provided, free, by the Dyson Group.
  • Printing of these booklets has been kindly donated by well-known local printers Prominent Group.
  • The Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District has provided a bus tour to the mosques and temple in our municipality.

The Greater Shepparton Heritage Open Day has been made possible due to the generous-spirited support of our venue owners and proprietors, our three sponsors, the Ethnic Council and the volunteers.

Greater Shepparton City Council and the Heritage Advisory Committee wish to express their gratitude to the owners and proprietors who so willingly opened their properties for this event, and to those who staffed venues during the Day: your response has been outstanding.

On the Greater Shepparton Heritage Open Day you can visit, FREE, over 40 places of heritage and historical significance in Greater Shepparton.

Some have never been opened to the public before, and many are rarely on view.

Other familiar places will come alive as you visit and hear their stories.

Included are all the Museums and collections run by the historical societies: normally an entrance fee is charged.

Greater Shepparton has an interesting history. Aboriginal peoples inhabited the area for thousands of generations. Europeans arrived in the mid nineteenth century, and developed a thriving agricultural economy, centred on the city of Shepparton, with many service towns. Subsequent settlement has gone on to welcome people from many corners of the world.

This has resulted in a wealth of heritage places, a diverse and unique range of both buildings and sites. The Heritage Open Day will showcase many of these.