Saturday 7 October 2017

Water Tower Museum & Concordia College

Within the circular walls of the 1886 Railway Water Tower are three floors of local historical items and artefacts, including the famous James Hill taxidermy collection of over 500 birds and other fauna of national importance. Concordia Cottage is the last remaining section of the original Lutheran Concordia College established at Murtoa in the 1890s. It holds local historical material.

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District Farm Tours

  • The Stick Shed
    Wimmera Highway, towards Rupanyup
  • 9.00am - 1.00pm: four tours in total, with an hourly departure time
  • Free

Hosted by local primary producer Tom Hamilton, multiple tours will be conducted across the weekend. Buses depart from The Stick Shed, on both Saturday and Sunday.

Murtoa Show’n’Shine

  • McDonald Street, Murtoa
  • 10.00am - 2.00pm
  • Free

Proudly sponsored by Shannons Insurance, this successful event runs in conjunction with the Monster Street Market on Saturday morning. A display of classic car and motorbikes from Wimmera Car Clubs will keep the vehicle enthusiast entertained.

Monster Street Market

  • McDonald Street, Murtoa
  • 10.00am - 2.00pm

On Saturday morning, McDonald Street is alive and vibrant. The market features many stalls, a barbecue lunch, street entertainment and busking for all to enjoy. New attractions feature African Drumming Workshops, pop-up art galleries and an art demonstration.

The Stick Shed

The Nationally Heritage listed site will be open for inspection over the three days of Murtoa’s Big Weekend. This monumental structure is the largest timber-framed structure still standing in Victoria and is fundamental to Victoria and Australia’s cultural identity. It is an enduring testament to iconic Australian bush ingenuity and a symbol of the growth and strength of the Australian grains industry. Immense in size, the Stick Shed spans the length of five Olympic swimming pools and has been dubbed the ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’.

Visitors to the Stick Shed will be entertained on Saturday by Singing in the Stick Shed – a number of Victorian and Interstate choirs will create wonderful sounds within the majestic structure.

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Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Rally

This display of antique engines and related artefacts is another huge attraction. The Ruston Gas Suction Engines and an additional display of Single Cylinder Engine Tractors are a major drawcard. Watching them run is a truly unforgettable experience and the Sumpoilers have added a wonderful array of other engines, allied items and artefacts to the display from their own collections. Be amazed with blacksmithing demonstrations. Not to be missed!

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Murtoa Cup

  • Murtoa Racecourse,
    Racecourse Road, Murtoa
  • 11.00am - 6.00pm
  • $15pp - pre-paid until 1st October (online only)
    $20pp - general admission from October 2 online and at the gate on race day
    Children 16 years and under free of charge (must be accompanied by an adult)
    $15 concession - available on the day at the gate, for pension card holders

    Discounted entry of $5 with a Weekend Pass
    See our Day & Weekend Passes

Dance easier, get closer and experience racing as it’s meant to be at the QLS Logistics Murtoa Cup.

Admire the Melbourne Cup on display in celebration of the running of the inaugural Melbourne Cup Carnival series, which kicks off at Murtoa.

Get Your Pulse Racing and put your Club, Workplace or Community Group to the ultimate test in the Great Pulse Race, all while enjoying live music, free kids activities, Fashions on the Field and more. For your chance to WIN a share of over $3,000 of prizes, go to the Get Involved page to download your Great Pulse Race team registration form!

For more details or to book a hospitality package, please pre-book tickets online.

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Saturday Night at The Railway Hotel

  • Comyn Street, Murtoa
  • Meals from 6.00pm
  • Weekend Pass entitles you to one complimentary drink (choice of beer, wine or soft drink) with ordered meal.

    See our Day & Weekend Passes

At the end of your Big Weekend Saturday, make your way to the Railway Hotel where friendly hosts Bill and Kath will keep you quenched and fed with delicious meals! Entertainment includes popular local band Acousticus Stomp.

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