The Flavours of History & Heritage – Take a stroll from your accommodation to the nearby Stanley’s Café, where host Karen ‘Chuz’ Resul’s Albanian roots take pride of place on the Mediterranean inspired menu; with rolled baklava, petulla (Albanian donuts), burek, and lakror to tempt your tastebuds, and floral arrangements from Blooming Buckets brightening up the indoor and outdoor spaces.
With records spinning a merry tune, you might be surprised by some spontaneous Albanian dancing!
Australian Botanic Gardens
Botanical Beauty – Take a morning stroll to the top of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton and take in the view. Catch the golden morning sun, and weave your way through a botanical representation of Shepparton’s History and Heritage, with the Food, Refugee and Weaving gardens telling the stories of industry, migration and culture. Traverse the boardwalk to the Children’s Garden where upcycled iron sculptures make a striking display.
Keep an eye out for wildflowers during the spring and summer, with fragrant vanilla lilies, paper daisies and billy buttons visible in the forest setting.
Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE)
Roll into MOVE – Powerful engines, polished chrome and all manner of vehicles from yesteryear take pride and place at the Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE). 9,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor exhibitions will take you on an exploration of vehicular advancement through the ages. From Harley Davidsons to Kenworths, penny farthings to horse carts, marvel at the gleaming machines and be ‘transported’ to days gone by.
Take a pit stop - Enjoy modern Australian fare at this aptly motoring named café Milestone just next door to MOVE. Take a seat in a comfortable booth or enjoy the trellised outdoor space. Kristofer Bech Howley and his partner Chia-Hua Lee have created a modern Australian menu covering all your favourite bases plus a sprinkle of S.E. Asian fusion. Make sure you check the daily specials too – the Chicken congee and Lu Rou Fan (braised pork rice) are a treat.
Works from local artist Amanda Hocking are a striking and bold addition to the cafes walls.
The Furphy Museum
Tall tales with local roots – Learn the history of iconic local family the Furphy’s in The Furphy Museum at MOVE and marvel at the transformation from the iconic water carts & camp ovens to modern day engineering and manufacturing. The character, hard work and ingenuity (and a larrikin attitude for stretching the truth…).
(See also the sculpture of Joseph Furphy located at 138 Welsford Street, who authored the iconic tale ‘Such is Life’ under the pseudonym Tom Collins).
The Loel Thomson Costume Collection
The fabric of life past - Explore 200 years of Australian fashion through the Loel Thomson Costume Collection, with the display of over 7,500 of objects lovingly collected by Loel Thomson OAM. A collection that intimately reveals the social history of everyday, with pieces reflecting not just the fashion, but the life and times of the people that wore them.
Take a call from the past – Witness technological transformation with the Clayton Gramophones, Telephones and Radio exhibit at MOVE. A visual reminder of how quickly the telecommunications technology has changed.