Buttery pastries in the heart of dairy country – Kick off your day at one of Shepparton’s newest (and smallest) gourmet locations, Tinto Kitchen. Josh & Beth Taylor & team whip up the flakiest most delectable pastries in a seasonally evolving array of flavours. Certain to satisfy any sweet or savoury craving with flavours ranging from a mushroom, black garlic & tallegio Danish, to lemon curd doughnuts, and almond croissants. Grab yourself the local’s favourite ‘morning bun’ – croissant pastry lovingly layered with aromatic spiced sugar and orange zest. The perfect partner to your morning latte, Tinto locally source from Scott Parker’s Clockwork Coffee you will be supercharged for the busy day ahead.
(Grab a takeaway loaf of Tinto’s sourdough bread, made with small batch, single variety flours – it’s best eaten warm, slathered with lashings of Tatura Butter).
Downtown Dookie – An authentically original small town experience, take a stroll down the main street of Dookie, taking in the sights of the Dookie Flowering Gum art installation, and the interestingly upcycled art on wheels the Dookie Nomadic Silo’s. This small community punches above its weight in the creative space. Explore the Dookie Artists Tree, gallery and nursery, where Andrew Sands & Liz Evans display a range of local works. Get lost in the Dookie Emporium, which boasts an eclectic mix of antiques, furniture, collectibles & militaria and provides a peaceful perch for morning refreshments.
Red earth red wine – nestled on the side of the Dookie Ranges, Tallis Wines Cellar door boasts the most impressive views of the region, The Tallis Family have worked these lands for generations, with Richard and Alice evolving the wine production into to the current exceptional cellar-door experience. Be guided by the radiant Mel through the full range of Tallis wines, from the aromatic and light sparkling viognier, to the rich and bold James Halliday rated ‘Silent Showman’ reds that reflects the deep red earth on which the vines are planted. Pick your favourite drop and enjoy a glass alongside a regional produce platter whilst overlooking the expansive easterly views.
(Grab a few bottles to take away or join the Talisam club to continue enjoying the spoils of Tallis wines once you return from your stay).
Rock Correa Walk
An abundant landscape - Continue your Tallis experience with a refreshing ramble on the Rock Correa Walk, leaving from the north of Tallis cellar door. Interpretive signage at eleven points will highlight the grassy woodland landscape and showcase the important fauna and flora of the region. Extraordinary and scenery at the pinnacle reflects the significance of the abundant resources the land provides. The Rock Correa Walk was constructed in collaboration between the Tallis Family, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Cooperation and Goulburn Broken CMA.
(Water, hat, long pants and sunscreen are recommended – please ensure you check into the Cellar door First as the track closes one hour prior to cellar door closing, when main gates will be locked).
Hunt and Gather – Explore the gourmet delight of Bunbartha Beef & Fine Produce where Kelly Mcpherson and her team display a bountiful selection of local and regional gourmet products. Choose your own selection from Kelly’s flagship business Bunbartha Beef, grass fed, free range beef raised less than 20km from Shepparton. Compliment your selection with the array of seasonal fresh organic produce, and be guided by knowledgeable staff in creating your own delicious dinner for Sunday evening’s meal. Have a beef with beef? Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free offerings are also abundant.
Partner your own delicious creation with a local beer, wine or cider picked up on your travels – enjoy the view from your balcony and soak up a stunning Shepparton sunset.
Victoria Park Lake
Stretch your legs – Glistening in the heart of Shepparton, Victoria Park Lake, is the local’s favourite place to connect with the great outdoors. Only 100m from your accommodation, acquaint yourself with the lake throughout your stay. From quietly contemplative sunrise strolls to glorious sunsets in a riot of colours, the 1.8 connects with accessible river paths that head North, South and West from the CBD. For a longer stroll, pick up a copy of the ‘Yanha Gurtji shared path network’ map from the Greater Shepparton Visitor Information Centre and extend your exploration further.
The Goulburn Valley on a plate – Enjoy local and seasonal dining at Teller restaurant, where menus adapt to the seasons fresh and best. From superbly crafted charcuterie to hand rolled pasta, house smoked duck or dry aged steaks, staff will expertly guide your selection of a regional Victorian wine to perfectly match. Make sure you save room for dessert with Chef Lachy Andrew’s well known for his delectable sweet treats.
(Fryers Street Food Store next door stocks an impressive range of local and regional produce as well as takeaway wine, beer & cider perfect for stocking up before you head home)