Home to a tight-knit community, Kaniva is a proud, little town centred along a thoroughfare of historic buildings, pubs and whimsical landmarks. Halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, this is sheep and wheat farming country – but with a colourful twist. For one, the sheep here are technicolour; the grain silo is a giant work of art; and the once-operational big windmill now takes pride of place as the town’s iconic emblem.

The silo art is the town’s big-draw attraction. Forming part of the brilliant 200km-long Silo Art Trail, Kaniva’s stunning giant mural pays homage to the nearby Little Desert and is one not to miss. But before there was silo art, there was Sheep Art (www.kaniva.org/sheepart.html). A delightful tribute to its sheep history, here you can follow the trail of glossy, beautifully painted sheep around town, learning of local stories as you go.

For history, the superbly curated Overland Museum takes you through all the romance of long-distance train travel from Melbourne to Adelaide, while the town’s historical museum also offers a lovely step back in time.

Kids, meanwhile, will love Kaniva’s old-fashioned puppet shop – as well as beautiful items for purchase, there’s a theatre for marionette performances.

For local wildlife, wander over to the Wetlands and Fauna Park. Here you’ll find an emu, albino kangaroos and the rare southern red-tailed black cockatoo. But for some real adventure, Kaniva is the perfect launching point for 4WD trips into the nearby Little Desert and Big Desert wilderness areas.

41 Commercial Street
Kaniva Victoria 3419


Handy Links

General attractions

  • Silo Art- Band Park & playground
  • Sheep Art Trail - kaniva.org/sheepart.html
  • The Fauna Park contains Kangaroos, Wallabies, an emu and more. The aviary is home to Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and a variety of birds. The newly upgraded park features a flying fox, nature play space, exercise equipment, walking track, free BBQ and picnic area. It is also home to the original engine that was used to provide the electricity to the town from 1925 - 1964.
  • Kaniva Puppet Shop - https://www.facebook.com/The-Kaniva-puppet-shop

Local Art



  • Billyho Bushwalk - Lillumur South Road
  • Scar Tree (Aboriginal dug out tree)
  • Mooree Reserve - Lillimur South Road
  • Serviceton Reservoir


SHOP Shopping options in Kaniva

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Kaniva Puppet Shop

The Kaniva Puppet Shop

EAT & DRINK Eateries and Restaurants in Kaniva

Club Hotel Kaniva

54 Commercial St E, Kaniva VIC 3419
03 5392 2280

Commercial Hotel Kaniva

39 Commercial St W, Kaniva VIC 3217
03 5392 2230

Nikki & Jays Pizza

80 Commercial St, Kaniva
035392 2776

Kaniva Visitor Information Centre & Raine's Cafe

41 Commercial Street, Kaniva, VIC, 3419.
03 5314 9083

Kaniva Community Roadhouse - Takeaway

40 Commercial St E, Kaniva VIC 3419
03 5392 2587
https://www.facebook.com/ KCRkanivacommunityroadhouse


Doyles IGA Kaniva - Takeaway

Worry's Giftshop and Icecreamery 

34 Commercial St, Kaniva
03 5314 9081

STAY Accommodation options in Kaniva

Kaniva Midway Hotel

14 Commercial St W, Kaniva VIC 3419
03 5392 2515

Kaniva Poolside Caravan Park

4 Baker St Kaniva VIC 3419
Kaniva Poolside Caravan Park
Caretakers: Alaine & Ross McFarlane
Phone: 0458 687 054
Email: braml1@hotmail.com
or call West Wimmera Shire Council on13 99 72

Travellers Inn Kaniva, Motel

134 Commercial St E, Kaniva VIC 3419
03 5392 2930

Commercial Hotel Kaniva

39 Commercial St W, Kaniva VIC 3217
https://www.facebook.com/ CommercialHotelKaniva/
03 5392 2230

Bills Gully Reserve (call for information)

Miran South Rd
03 5392 2221