Kyabram - Places to See

Kyabram Fauna Park
The fauna park, on Lake Rd, at the southern end of town, is a community-owned operation that was opened in 1976 as a non-profit venture. It features five ponds with waterfowl which can be viewed from a two-storey observation tower, a 57-metre walk-through aviary, a solar-heated reptile house for snakes and freshwater crocodiles and 55 ha of open-range bushland which contains some 400 free-roaming animal species, including Cape Barren geese, ibises, the tiny parma wallaby (thought to be extinct until 1967), the rare alpine dingo, Tasmanian devils, wombats, koalas, echidnae, kangaroos and emus.

On the grounds is Hazelman's Cottage (1867), which was originally built 5 km away for Theodore Hazelman, a Frenchman who travelled to the USA as a cabin boy, fought in the American Civil War at the age of 14, and then moved to Australia where he became a boundary rider, married, had 13 children and became a wheat and dairy farmer.

The complex has a restaurant, barbecue-picnic facilities and a childrens' playground. It is open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., tel: (03) 5852 2883.

Adjacent the premises are The Stables: some renovated horse stalls which have been converted into small shops selling pottery and crafts. There is also a pottery workshop with kiln. They are open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., tel: (03) 5852 3322.

Mr Ilzyn's Cottages
Mr Ilzyn's Cottages in Breen Ave features miniaturized versions of mansions, hotels, and farmhouses from around the world which have been carefully landscaped into Mr Ilzyn's garden. It is open daily, tel: (03) 5852 3240.

Edis Park Arboretum
Edis Park Arboretum, off Oswald St, offers a stroll or picnic under 200-year-old gums and through some native bushland.

Willowmere is a gracious Edwardian home which has been converted into a restaurant. It is located at the eastern edge of town on Lancaster Rd, tel: (03) 5853 1833.

Killamont Homestead (1880s) is delightfully set amidst 5 acres of olde-world gardens. It is located on Finlay Rd at Wyuna East (head north of Kyabram for about 7 km then turn left onto Finlay Rd) and is open to tour groups of 15 or more, tel: (03) 5859 4248.

Tongala, 16 km north-west, and 6 km south of the Murray Valley Highway, has a population of around 1500 and a similar history and economic focus to Kyabram.

The Golden Cow Dairy Education and Tourism Centre, on Henderson Rd, is a working dairy with regular milking sessions, young calves to view, historic dairy machinery, displays on dairying, irrigation, landcare and salinity, a milk bar/cafe and souvenirs, tel: (03) 5859 1100.

The town is flooded with tents every year during the Tent Town Festival in March when arts-and-crafts people from around the state meet to air their wares and skills and general entertainment is the order of the day.