|The Greater Shepparton City region incudes the towns of Shepparton, Mooroopna, Arcadia, Bunbartha, Congupna, Dookie, Tatura, Kialla, Karramomus North, Katandra West, Lemnos, Tallygaroopna and Murchison,
Family activities in Greater Shepparton City region include:
Emerald Bank Adventure Park in Kialla where you can ride a pony, take a hay ride, visit the animal nursery, scale the climbing wall or taste the chocolate treats in the shop. There are miniature train rides on two Sundays each month.
If you are still hungry then stop at the Chocolate Apple Factory in Shepparton East.
Shepparton and the surrounding districts have some wonderful bike rides and walks. Cycle or wander the Yahna Gurtji shared path network which winds along the Goulburn River and try one of the other Walks in the Greater Shepparton Area.
If you yearn for a bit more excitement, bring along a skateboard or BMX bike and shred the excellent Shepparton S-CAPE Skatepark
Shepparton has a fun ways of getting wet. The best way is to visit Shepparton Aquamoves which has indoor and outdoor pools, a rapid river, water slide and splash park for the kids. Aquamoves is located next to Victoria Lake where you can fish, boat or canoe.
It's hard not to trip over a multi-coloured cow when you are in the Shepparton region. These cows are part of the public art program Shepparton Moooving Art. If the thought of coming face to face with a blue and red cow udder doesn't phase you, then go to Monash Park and enjoy the herd, a grassy park and lovely pond with Chinese Garden and fountain.
For anyone with an interest in putters, drivers, bunkers and greens, the region has some lovely golf courses located along the Goulburn River. The Shepparton Golf Course is rated in the top ten golf courses in Regional Victoria and Mooroopna Golf Course has a reputation as the "friendly club". It's nice to have a friendly face after you're massacred your handicap.
Do you have a green thumb (or want to admire someone who does have a green thumb) then pay a visit to the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton in Kialla which is evolving into a magnificent set of Gardens.
Shepparton also has some indoor activities to keep the kids entertained. Giggle n Wriggle Play Centre has play areas for all ages including a comfy area for the parents. Sick of the kids not listening. Then tell them to Go Jump!. They'll be sure to listen at Go Jump Trampolines in Shepparton which has over 900 square meters of trampolining fun. If you have any energy left, then bounce along to Inflatable World and experience the world of giant inflatables.
Oz Tenpin has 18 lanes with bumpers for all lanes. There's no longer any excuse for Dad not to get a good score.
For the culture vultures the free Shepparton Art Museum has permanent collections as well as exhibitions. If you would prefer an oily rag to a Monet oil painting, then head to the Shepparton Motor Museum which houses over 70 classic, vintage and veteran cars and motorbikes as well as associated motoring memorabilia.
The best playgrounds in this area are:
KidsTown Adventure Playground, Mooroopna
The playground is Australia's biggest adventure playground and is open from dawn to dusk. Entry is by gold coin donation. The playground has a number of features including KidsTown Miniature Train (runs every weekend, public holidays and Victorian School holidays), flying fox, an area stacked full of monkey bars and monkey rungs all connected together, giant slides, tree houses, fruit bin and dairy mazes, area under shade sails with a large sandpit with three mechanical diggers and a wooden rowing boat, Junior area with wooden train and brightly painted cubby house, a fenced off Toddler area and a liberty swing.
Victoria Park Lake All Abilities Playground, Tom Collins Drive, Shepparton
A fully fenced All Abilities playground which is based around a big wooden multi-level structure with lots of nooks and crannies, a steep, fast metal slide, dual wave slides, cubbies, shop front, high ladder with horizontal circles for steps, tic-tac-toe, rope net, wooden in-built truck, abacus and steering wheel panel. On the top level there is a bow of a boat which overlooks the lake (with a telescope of course). At the base is a gravelly sandpit (think gravelly like Joe Cockers voice). This area has soft paths for access.
The remainder of the playground has some tiny slides for toddlers, standalone monkey bars and horizontal bar, some music panels, medium sized rope pyramid climbing frame, spinning donut, stand-on spinner, swing with plastic seat and four standard swings.
There are a number of shelters with a tables and BBQs, water taps, unshaded seats, toilets, a shelter over grass and some limited grassy area.
Reviews of all playgrounds in the Greater Shepparton City region are here: