Independent Visiting

Many venues are opening their doors for visitors to attend independently. Bookings are needed for some of these venues. Please check individual listings for booking requirements. Call 03 5832 9730 to make a booking.

Day’s Mill

‘The finest example of traditional milling technology in working order in its original setting’ in Victoria, and probably Australia. The three storey brick mill of 1865 and later granary extension, the flanking two-storey brick residence, the evocative collection of farm buildings, and the peppercorn- and pine tree-lined drive from the gatehouse comprise an unforgettable heritage site. Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Days Road, Murchison South.
Open: Fri, Sat 10am – 4pm Tours at 11am, 12 noon, and 2.15pm.
(no paved areas)

Shepparton Heritage Centre (Foresters’ Hall)

Shepparton’s oldest building, constructed as the first public hall by William Fraser in 1873. Used for many different purposes, e.g. Foresters’ Lodge (1933). Many absorbing exhibits: see the Post Office clock! Various publications for sale.

154 Welsford St, Shepparton
Open: Fri, Sat 10am – 4pm

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM)

Discover how SAM grew from humble beginnings to become a collection holding 81 years of major artistic significance. Join staff for a cultural heritage tour to learn more about the history of the collection.

70 Welsford St, Shepparton
Talk/tour: Fri 11am

The Big Hymn Sing at the former Wesley Church

Both tangible and intangible heritage! The 1908 ‘amphitheatre–style’ church, with accomplished local musician Graeme Brewer at the historic 1951 Fincham pipe organ, will host a grand session of hymn-singing, now a declining tradition.

134 Maude St, Shepparton
Open: Sat 2pm

St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Shepparton

Louis Williams, a renowned church architect, designed this 1926 church with his particular twentieth century adaptation of Gothic and his usual emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. Note the beautiful features of the interior.

95 Maude St, Shepparton
Open: Sat 11am – 3pm, Tour 2pm

Former Mechanics’ Institute, Shepparton

Originally the Shepparton Free Library and Workingmen’s Club (1884); the Public Library replaced the billiard room in the 1950s. The cream brick Moderne façade dates to the 1940s, with extensive later remodelling completed by 2005.

235 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
Open: Fri 1pm – 4pm

Brown’s Plaster Works

The Shepparton Fibro Plaster Works were established in 1926 as Brown and Anderson. See where the linings of many Shepparton homes originated and hear about the process. A heritage business! Good walking shoes required.

2-16 Mason Street, Shepparton
Open: Fri 2pm – 4pm, Talk at 2pm

Shepparton Cemetery

Dating from 1874, adjoined for many years by the now forgotten Shepparton Park State School, this fascinating cemetery reflects the multicultural nature of the community in the range of burial practices it encompasses.

5 Rudd Rd, Shepparton
Tour: Fri 11am

Wanganui Homestead (William Orr Campus, GoTafe)

Designed by prestigious Melbourne architect Beverley Ussher, this imposing Queen Anne-styled building (1900) was the country residence of mining entrepreneur, politician and passionate irrigationist William Orr. Also visit the interesting stable/coach house.

260 Wanganui Rd, Shepparton
Tour Fri 1.30pm

Philippine House Museum and Library, Shepparton

The Philippine House, portraying a typical (if idealised) Philippine home, was constructed in 1988 as part of the International Village. Restored in 2015, it houses Philippine history and artefacts, and hosts community activities.

Parkside Drive, Shepparton
Open: Sat 11am – 3pm

St Brendan’s Catholic Church, Shepparton

Designed by renowned local architect JAK Clarke in 1900, St Brendan’s was renovated and enlarged to the design of high profile and prolific Catholic architect AA Fritsch in 1923-24, with later alterations and additions.

121 Knight St, Shepparton
Open: Sat 11.30am – 1pm, Tours: 11.30am

Former Convent of Mercy (Notre Dame College), Shepparton

Visit the impressive two-storey convent and boarders’ accommodation erected in 1916-17 by the Sisters of Mercy, their previous convent having been condemned. The Marist Brothers took over the site as a boys’ school in 1951.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
139 Knight St, Shepparton
Open: Sat 10am – 1pm

Australia Hotel, Shepparton

From Coghlan’s Hotel in the early 1880s to Union Hotel to the Hotel Australia in 1929: most of this building dates from the rebuilding in 1898. Take a tour through the hotel, including the former family area and the cellar.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
73 Fryers St, Shepparton
Tour: Sat 10.30am

Brick Water Tower, Shepparton

The 1889 brick tower, no longer needed and minus its tall wrought iron tank, is an iconic local landmark being preserved by GV Water for its regionally significant heritage value.

172 Welsford St, Shepparton
Open: Fri 10am – 2pm

St Mel’s (Christ The King Catholic Church)

Shepparton’s second Catholic parish erected this distinctive futuristic church, by Triesteborn architect Ermin Smrekar, in 1970. It catered to the influx of Italian migrants as Shepparton expanded. The spaciousness of the interior is striking.

18 Hamilton St, Shepparton
Open: Sat 10.30am – 1.30pm, Tour: 10.30am

Uniting Church, Kialla West (Formerly Presbyterian)

Last of a kind. This quaint small weatherboard church from 1899 is the only example in the municipality of this once-common type still hosting regular services. Supervising architect was Shepparton’s renowned JAK Clarke.

7105 Goulburn Valley H’way, Kialla
Open: Sat 2.30 – 4pm

Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, Tallygaroopna

This proud little 1924 Memorial hall, topped by its trophy WW1 German trench mortar, retains many interesting artefacts. At £2500, it cost the small community £1000 more than Shepparton’s famous statue. See the RSL ‘dugout’.

Cnr Victoria & Fowler St, Tallygaroopna
Sat 12.30am – 4pm

Dookie Public Cemetery

Situated on the western slopes of Mt Major, with panoramic views providing a striking backdrop to the graves. It is one of two cemeteries in the Dookie area, with burials dating from the 1870’s.

305 Dookie-Gowangardie Rd, Mount Major
Guide available Sat 2pm – 4pm, tour 2.30pm
(no made paths)

Mooroopna Historical Society Museum and Gallery

A huge and varied collection relating to Mooroopna’s history is attractively displayed throughout the former Grutzner House. The sometimes gruesome medical collection, the largest in country Victoria, relates particularly to the Mooroopna Hospital.

30 Park St, Mooroopna
Open: Fri, Sat 12 noon – 3pm

Mooroopna Cemetery

This fine cemetery, with its stately avenue of cotton palms, includes 19th century graves of ethnic Chinese and the unmarked graves of 937 persons of many nationalities who died between 1881 and 1944 in the Mooroopna Base Hospital.

440 Echuca Rd, Mooroopna
Guide available Fri, Sat 10am – 12pm
(few made paths)

Murchison Heritage Centre

The award-winning Heritage Centre collects and preserves Murchison’s history. Informative displays cover the Aboriginal Protectorate, Day’s Mill, Camp 13 and much more. See sporting memorabilia, and part of the famous Murchison meteorite!

4 Stevenson St, Murchison
Open: Fri, Sat 10am – 4pm

Christ Church, Murchison (Anglican)

This charming red brick Gothic country church of 1884 contains high quality memorial windows by two well-known Melbourne firms of glass manufacturers, Brooks Robinson and W Montgomery.

15 Impey St, Murchison
Open Fri, Sat 12 noon – 2 pm

Murchison Cemetery and Ossario

This picturesque early cemetery (1860) contains the graves of three local Ngooraialim Aborigines. The distinctive Italian Ossario houses the remains of 130 Italian POWs and internees who died on Australian soil, many in the local camps.

21 Old Weir Rd, Murchison
Talk and tour: 10am, 11am, 12 noon
(no made paths)

Tatura Wartime Camps And Irrigation Museum

The fascinating WW2 internment and POW camps collection is of State heritage significance. Irrigation is the other focus: from the original four-roomed building (c.1888) the irrigation scheme for the western Goulburn Valley was developed. Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

9 Hogan St, Tatura
Open: Fri 12 noon – 3pm, Sat 2pm – 4pm. Camps Collection tour/talk: Fri 1pm

Victory Hall (1925) and Mechanics’ Institute (1880, 1893), Tatura

Explore the twin halls, reinvigorated and restored by concerted local effort, which now enrich the Tatura streetscape and again provide a social and cultural focal point. Hear about their history from those who saved them.

77 Hogan St, Tatura
Open: Fri 10am – 12 noon

Sacred Heart Catholic Church And St Mary’s Hall, Tatura

This imposing group of church, convent, and the former St Mary’s school, on a prominent site in the town, reflects Tatura’s strong Catholic allegiances. The detailed Romanesque (round-arched) exterior is complemented by the beautiful interior.

67 Hogan St, Tatura
Open: Fri 11am – 1pm

German War Cemetery, Tatura

The first foreign war cemetery established in Australia. In 1958-1961 the bodies of almost all German internees and POWs who died in Australia during World Wars 1 and 2 were reburied here. Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

155 Winter Rd, Tatura
Talk and tour: Fri 2pm

Merrigum Museum, formerly Judd’s General Store

One of the most extensive collections in the municipality; includes agricultural machinery and household items. The Judd family conducted their general store here for 66 years. A rare original early 20th century shop front.

113 Waverley Ave, Merrigum
Open: Fri 12 noon – 3pm

Hurlstone Homestead

Designed by JAK Clarke, Shepparton’s pre-eminent architect, and now resplendently restored, Hurlstone (1900) was associated with two important early Shepparton families, the Masons and the Fords. Now a reception venue and a B and B: exemplary adaptive reuse!

197 Ford Rd, Grahamvale
Open: Sat 11am – 4pm

Shepparton Uniting Church (former Scots’ Church section)

The centre of Presbyterianism in Shepparton until denominational union in 1977, Scots’ Church was built in stages from 1888, with the signature bell tower by prominent Melbourne architects John and Phyllis Murphy added in 1964-5.

134/140 Fryers St, Shepparton
Open: Sat 1pm – 4pm

Shepparton High School

Built initially as the senior school on a new site in 1929, this restrained Inter-War two-storey building was extended at either end in 1937, and the verandah was enclosed. Memorial gates date to 1949.

31-71 Hawdon St, Shepparton
Open: Sat 10am – 12pm

St Luke’s Dookie

A typical small, red brick country church made less routine by its later timber-framed entry porch, St Luke’s was constructed in 1903 by local builders Alexander and Torgrimson. View the recent Weeping Window Poppy Tribute.

Baldock Street, Dookie
Open: Sat 1pm – 3pm

St Andrew’s Church, Tatura

Prolific ecclesiastical architect Alec Eggleston designed this substantial church for Tatura’s Presbyterians in 1912, Rodney Shire engineer A Knee (snr) locally supervising some of the construction details. The earlier 1883 church stands alongside.

241 Hogan St, Tatura
Open: Fri 11am – 1pm