Things to do in Violet Town
There are many diverse things to do in Violet Town and the surrounding district and all you need to do is to find one that interests you.
History: For those with a sense of history, visit the Museum/Art Gallery and collect a Heritage brochure from our retailers or print one from this website. Read our history plaques, full of information.
Visit the site of the tragic Southern Aurora train crash in 1969 where the Violet Town community turned out in force to put out the fires and assist the hundreds of passengers. Or look through our commemorative park.
Walk, picnic, play or relax: You can do all of these at the Violet Town Recreation Reserve. Here you will find a children’s playground, BBQs, picnic tables and a beautiful 3 km Honeysuckle walking track along the Honeysuckle Creek which runs through the middle of the Reserve. Read the six information boards as you walk around the track - they contain excellent artwork and interesting reading. For shorter walks, enter and exit the track at your leisure.
Also in the main street is the Lion’s Park with BBQs, public toilets and a children’s playground - a perfect place to take a break on your travels. Take a photo of yourself with our eagle's wings to support our local wildlife.
Take a stroll around the trotting/walking track surrounded by open bushland in the Shadforth Reserve off Shiffner St. Or for a shorter walk, look at the plaques on our World War I Avenue of Honour in Cowslip St, then continue on and stroll around the developing wetlands at the Bush Nursing Centre.
Eat: Grab a coffee or light lunch at one of our cafes or dine at night at the Ellen Frances Hotel in Cowslip St.
Shop: Drop in to Jacksons, our local produce store featuring local goodies, open Wednesday-Saturday. Visit our great Op Shop for a bargain or piece of history, or drop into the Antique store located in the historic Shire of Violet Town council office building, both open from Thursday to Saturday. Our clothes shops, including one that features locally produced alpaca and sheep wool products, will welcome you.
Culture: Visit the Bush Gatherings gallery in High St and enjoy their exhibitions. View the signs at all the entrances to Violet Town painted by local resident and artist and cartoonist Michael Leunig.
Sport: You will find our charming Violet Town swimming pool, the football and cricket oval, netball and tennis courts, lawn bowls and our small skate park located in the Violet Town Recreation Reserve in Tulip Street. Or get active and join many other cyclists challenging themselves on the popular 30 km ride uphill to Strathbogie and enjoy the exhilarating ride back to Violet Town!
Market: Every month, on the second Saturday, Violet Town hosts one of the most successful community markets in Victoria’s north east with more than 200 stalls selling farmers' produce as well as hot food, baked goods, coffee, plants, clothing, arts and crafts, a mini children’s animal farm. Held in the Tulip St recreation reserve, it gets busier in the late morning. For the best selection, go early and allow several hours stay if a leisurely pace is desired. There is a lot to see and buy. Market runs from 8:30 am -1.00 pm.
Natural environment: If the environment and natural bushland is of interest then the Strathbogie Ranges is for you. Drive up Harrys Creek Road and after a short walk through beautiful bush, enjoy a dip in the old railway reservoir weir made famous by “Killing Heidi”. Continue on and delight in the rugged hills, the vista of distant hills and valleys, echidnas, kangaroos, koalas, natural and remnant vegetation and much more. Or visit our local Dingo Haven on the Dookie/Nalinga Road for an up close and personal experience with Australia’s native dog.
Wineries and Restaurants: In the surrounding district can be found a host of places to visit including open gardens, restaurants and wineries. See Strathbogie Shire website http://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/