Edenhope may be the regional hub for the shire, but the big smoke it ain’t, and instead life here remains blissfully relaxed. Set along a pleasant main street of shops, galleries, antiques and a pub, Edenhope is best known for both its centrepiece lake and cricketing history.
When rainfalls are healthy, Lake Wallace is abuzz with holidaymakers here for fishing, water-skiing and boating. At other times it remains a lovely spot for lakeside camping, picnicking, walks and fantastic birdwatching – including the rare opportunity to spot the prized brolga in its natural habitat. It was here on Lake Wallace’s grassy banks where Australia’s first international cricket team gathered to train. A cenotaph marks the spot where this remarkable story took place back in the 1860s.
While Edenhope may not be a stop on the silo art trail, it does boast some stunning murals. Most notable are the evocative artworks of the region’s birdlife by West Wimmera artist Geoffrey Carran (who painted Goroke’s silo). The town’s Red Tail Gallery also features lovely exhibitions by regional artists. But it’s the Now Dach's a Gallery that has tails wagging. While a museum dedicated to a sausage dog may seem a bit niche, that’s all part of the fun, and the annual dachshund festival brings in four-legged friends from all over. Make sure you explore the Edenhope Antique shop on your visit.
For local info, drop by Edenhope’s Visitor Centre located inside an historic courthouse that sits adjacent to a wooden 19th-century gaol. Here they can assist you on anything from where to see wildflowers to the best spots to spy red-tail black cockatoos.
SEE & DO Things to See and Do in Edenhope
In a rush? Grab a coffee from the café in the main street and check out the bird murals. Have a minute more? Wander into the Redtail gallery and see the range of local art on display.
Wanting a taste of home? Order a veggie box from Kings Katering – a local paddock to plate selling fresh seasonal produce from their backyard to you.
Wanting an experience? Order fish and Chips in the Main Street and watch the sun set over the Jetty at Henley Park on Lake Wallace.
If visiting in February, be sure to head to Lake Wallace Henley Park for the Annual Henley on Lake Wallace carnival. Filled with a street parade, street vendors and entertainment for the family it is a guaranteed fun day out.
In March, enjoy a day at the Annual J & B Greenhill West Wimmera Shire Edenhope Cup, a Horse Race held annually on the Labour Day long weekend on Victoria’s most western race track.
If visiting on the long weekend in November drop a line in Lake Wallace as apart of the Annual Fishing Comp.
Enjoy a day at the local Agricultural and Pastoral Society Show. This event has been running at the Edenhope Show grounds for 150 years. and is filled with good old fashioned country fun.
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