WHETHER you prefer riding vintage machinery or standup paddleboards, there is plenty for everyone in Loddon Valley in Central Victoria this spring.
This year's Naturally Loddon Spring Festival - showcasing the region's history, art and natural attractions - kicks off on September 1 with the annual Piccoli's Star Spanner Sculpture Gardens Father's Day Picnic and wraps up on November 3.
This year's festival will see the return of regular popular events, including the Wedderburn Vintage Machinery Rally (September 7-8), Kooyoora Wildflower Show (September 21-22) and the Terrick Terrick National Park activities weekend (October 4-6).
There's also the Boort Sculpture by the Lake competition (October 12), Nardoo Hills Reserves Guided Trip (12 October), Wedderburn Community House's Rock 'n' Roll Spring Dance (October 18) and the annual Boort Angling Club Family Carp Eradication Weekend (October 19-20).
For those with a green thumb, don't miss the chance to get along to Native Gardening for Sustainability day at Mulwarrie Studios and organised by Friends of Kooyoora on October 13 or take the opportunity to view Wedderburn Open Gardens on Sunday October 20.
If you're curious about standup paddleboarding, you have the chance to give it a try with a on Saturday October 19 at Little Lake Boort. Following your lesson, you can join in the standup paddleboarding guided tour on the Loddon River at Serpentine on Saturday November 2.
Closing out this year's festival will be the Lions Inglewood Alive Festival on November 3. The event transforms the town's Brooke Street into a vibrant space filled with gourmet food, live entertainment, custom car and motorcycle show and shine display, market stalls and more.
The Loddon Valley is the perfect base for visiting central and northern Victoria, and can easily be reached by road from Melbourne, Bendigo or Mildura via the Calder Highway, or Echuca and the other Murray River towns by the Loddon Valley Highway.
For more information on the festival, or a calendar of events, phone (03) 5494 1257 or visit www.loddon.vic.gov.au
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