2016 Naturally Loddon Spring Calendar

Published on 08 August 2016

Art, nature, community celebrations and the region’s rich farming and goldfields history will be effortlessly interwoven in the 2016 “Naturally Loddon” Spring Festival.

This much-anticipated highlight in Loddon Shire’s annual calendar offers 10 premier events staged over eight weeks designed to showcase Loddon’s multi-faceted communities and the best of its natural attractions.

The festival launch will take place at John and Sonia Piccoli’s Star Spanner Sculpture Gardens, just outside Boort, on 4 September.

What follows is a run of family-friendly events – all affordable – beginning with a vintage machinery display at Wedderburn over the weekend of 10-11 September and ending on 30 October with Wedderburn’s Naturally New Age Festival and farmers’ market.

In between, there’s the traditional Kooyoora Wildflower Show, family days at Terrick Terrick National Park and Tarnagulla, a carp fishing competition, a bus tour of the Kamarooka wetlands, metal sculpture at the Boort Show and the return of last year’s inaugural celebration of Filipino culture, the Pyramid Hill Fiesta.

The wildflower show – always a great drawcard – features an extensive display of local flowers, daily bus tours, plant and produce sales and a photographic competition in several categories.   

The activities weekend at Terrick Terrick National Park offers opportunities to go bird watching, take part in mini-coach tours and enjoy plant walks, while Tarnagulla’s Strictly Vintage Fair provides historic displays, a sumptuous High Tea in the former goldfields era Victoria Theatre, a cupcake competition and veterans’ cycle races.

Boort is making a real name for itself with its metal sculptures and the town’s October Show will again welcome entries from metal artists competing for generous prizemoney. 

Hard on the heels of the Show comes the annual carp eradication weekend, hosted by the local angling club, where entrants of all ages vie for a swag of prizes and, of course, the weekend’s bragging rights.

The fiesta in Pyramid Hill provides street dance displays, singing, children’s entertainment, karaoke and food as the town’s vibrant Filipino community showcases its colourful culture.

To obtain a festival brochure, phone the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 5494 1257, email your request to loddonvisitorinformation@loddon.vic.gov.au or visiting www.loddon.vic.gov.au