Sunday 3 October 2021

MBW Scarecrow Competition 2021


Check out this year’s Scarecrow competition entries and winners proudly displayed over Murtoa’s Big Weekend in Marma and Duncan Streets, Murtoa. If you want to create and enter a scarecrow of your own, find your registration form here!… noting that there is a new theme for entries to be followed of a movie or fairy tale character.

Rainbow Colour Run 2022

  • Postponed until MBW2022
    Lake Marma Circuit,
    Lake Street, Murtoa
  • Postponed until MBW2022> 9.30am for 10.00am start
  • Gold Coin Donation

Postponed until MBW2022

Join in for a few circuits of Lake Marma to get loaded with colour! Come at 9.30am for a quick brekky and start the run (or walk!) at 10am. Four colour stations will be set up to explode colour on participants and a DJ will be in attendance to further entertain the crowd.

Come and join in the fun!

*Note: Daylight Savings Time will apply for Sunday!*

The Stick Shed

  • 1465 Wimmera Highway, Murtoa
    towards Rupanyup
  • 10.00am - 2.00pm - please check website for updates
  • $10 entry

Open for public viewing daily (please check website for updates prior to your visit)

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’.

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“The Dry” Tour

  • Postponed until MBW2022
    Departing The Stick Shed,
    1465 Wimmera Hwy, Murtoa
  • Postponed until MBW2022
  • Free with Weekend Pass
    See our Day & Weekend Passes

Postponed until MBW2022 > A unique opportunity to see various real-life sights around the Murtoa district as seen in the recent film, The Dry. One tour only and limited seating!

“The Wimmera” Book Launch @ Railway Station

  • Murtoa Railway Station, Comyn Street, Murtoa
  • 1pm - 2pm
Author Adam McNichol and photographers will be at the Murtoa Railway Station on Sunday 3 October at 1pm to launch a new book, The Wimmera: A Journey Through Western Victoria, published by Ballarat-based Ten Bag Press.
The Wimmera is a partner volume to the recent best-seller, The Mallee, of which almost 7000 copies have been sold. The book follows the various used and disused railway lines through the region, featuring Murtoa and other places including Glenorchy, Dimboola, Nhill, Serviceton, Minyip, Jeparit, Harrow and Apsley.

Water Tower Museum, Concordia College & Railway Station Exhibition

  • Comyn Street, Murtoa
  • 12pm - 4pm
  • $5 entry

Come and explore the recently renovated Railway Station and take in the wonderful railway exhibition. Within the circular walls of the 1886 Railway Water Tower are three floors include 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 interesting local historical material.

Please check website for current Covid restrictions.

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Art Exhibition & Sale 2022

  • Postponed until MBW2022
    Murtoa Mechanics Hall, 37 Duncan Street, Murtoa
  • Postponed until MBW2022> 10am-4pm
  • $5 entry
    See our Day & Weekend Passes

Postponed until MBW2022> Picasso eat your heart out!

The majestic Murtoa Mechanics Hall will yet again be alive with Art over Murtoa’s Big Weekend with an Art Exhibition & Sale. View the works of local artists and cast your vote for ‘Best of Show’, choosing from paintings, sculpture, textile art, photography.

Make sure you make this a part of your Big Weekend.

Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Rally 2022

  • Postponed until MBW2022
    Wimmera Highway,
    towards Rupanyup
  • Postponed until MBW2022> 10.00am - 4.00pm - engines run at 10.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
  • $5 entry
    See our Day & Weekend Passes

Postponed until MBW2022> This display of antique engines and related artefacts is another huge attraction.

Included in the impressive museum are four massive single piston Richard-Hornsby engines dating back to 1910 which are believed to be the only set of four remaining on their original footings in the world. 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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Ecumenical Service 2022

  • Postponed until MBW2022
    Supper Room, Mechanics Hall,
    Duncan Street, Murtoa
  • Postponed until MBW2022> 10.00am - 4.00pm - engines run at 10.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Sunday morning extends a warm welcome to visitors to attend an Ecumenical Service, followed by a Luncheon in the Supper Room.