Loddon Valley Autumn Delights

Published on 01 March 2018

Paddle or pedal, fish or fossick, walk a trail or watch an event – the options for healthy family activities in the Loddon Valley this autumn are many and varied.

The region’s busy round of popular events adds lustre to its year-round attractions of bushland and waterways, prospecting grounds, camping options and winery tours.

The next Minelab Detector Jamboree is planned for March 10-11 in Wedderburn – a family-friendly weekend focusing on detector skills and gold panning.

One week later, on March 18, it’s the Boort Pacing Cup, a colourful day hosted by the oldest continuous trotting club in Australia.

The Eddington Vintage Sports Car Club Sprints, on March 24, lure everything from early 1900s roadsters to classics from the seventies, while Easter Monday sees Wedderburn Harness Racing Club’s Calder Cup for pacers as well as the Rheola Charity Carnival, which has run since 1871.

Bridgewater’s Mother’s Day Classic returns on May 13, with courses for walkers and runners in aid of breast cancer research.

Canoeing and boating on the Loddon River at Bridgewater or the lakes around Boort is well established, but the new canoe trail on the Serpentine Creek provides visitors with new insights into the region.

Fish for golden perch or Murray cod at the river, creek or nearby reservoirs or explore the area’s range of walking and cycling trails.

Terrick Terrick National Park, the Hill at Pyramid Hill or Kooyoora State Park offer camping and picnic facilities beneath 460 million-year-old granite outcrops boasting 360-degree views to the horizon.

Play at local golf and bowls clubs, explore your ancestry with local historical societies, browse through Inglewood’s collectables stores or Blue Eucy Museum and visit Loddon Valley tourist icons Simply Tomatoes, Salute Oliva or John Piccoli’s Star Spanner Sculpture Garden.

For more details, phone (03) 5494 3489 or visit www.loddon.vic.gov.au