Please note: This footage filmed in 2014 only shows some highlights of the area. There may be certain changes in the area namely the return of water to the lakes and wetlands in the region. Enjoy a small taste of what West Wimmera has to offer.

Discover Kaniva

Halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide the thriving township of Kaniva is the perfect place to break your journey on the Western Highway. Stroll down the compact shopping strip, which offers something for everyone.

Whether you want to 4WD or bushwalk, Kaniva is the gateway to the Big Desert Wilderness Park to the north, and nearby Red Bluff, a red stone monolith. The Little Desert is to the south, with its myriad wildflowers, native orchids and rare birds. If time is short visit the Fauna Park and Wetlands at the edge of town, with bird hides, electric BBQ and picnic area.

History buffs can visit the Kaniva Museum or the historic town of Serviceton to explore the heritage Railway Station and Customs House. Car enthusiasts will love Kaniva Lions Car & Bike Show in February.

The Kaniva Visitor Information Centre is located in the Windmill Cafe, alongside Kaniva's famous Big Windmill. The windmill signifies the abundant underground water which is the life-blood of Kaniva and it's diverse farming district. The underground water also supports lush expanses of lawn, extensive flower beds, and tree growth throughout the town, laying claim to Kaniva's title as Victoria's Garden of Eden.

Birth place of many noted artists including Marcus Wills winner of the 2006 Archibald Prize, Percy Leason & hometown of Bob Marchant.

Places to Eat

Club Hotel
54 Commercial Street
Ph 03 5392 2280
Commercial Hotel
39 Commercial Street
Ph 03 5392 2230
Heartfelt Cafe
40 Commercial Street
Ph 03 5392 2945
Mobil Roadhouse
Commercial Street
Ph 03 5392 2587
Nikki & Jays Pizza
80 Commercial Street
Ph 03 5392 2776
Windmill Cafe
41 Commercial Street
Ph 03 5392 2756

Places to Stay

Kaniva Colonial Gardens Motel
Western Highway
Ph 03 5392 2730 Email Webpage
Kaniva Midway Motel
14 Commercial Street
Ph:03 5392 2515 Email Webpage
Kaniva Poolside Caravan Park
Powered & unpowered sites
Budjik Road (Pets allowed)
Ph 0458 687 054 Webpage
Serviceton Camping Ground
Powered & unpowered sites
Ph 03 5393 1273
or 0419 032 418


  • Shopping Centre: Wide range of goods and services. A supermarket open seven days, pharmacy, post office, EFTPOS facilities, plus arts and crafts
  • Community Roadhouse: Food, petrol and Diesel
  • Hospital and Medical Services: Public hospital, doctor, maternal and child health centre, auxiliary health services
  • Internet and Email Access: Available at Kaniva Library, Visitor Information Centre and Learning and Information Network (LINK)
  • Sporting Facilities: Gymnasium, sporting complex, SunSmart seasonal swimming pool, squash, badminton, basketball, golf course, rec reserve, football, netball, hockey & skate park
  • Public Toilets: Situated at the Windmill Corner. Baby change room and wheelchair access. Public toilets also available at Band Park
  • Kaniva Golf Club: 18 hole grass green course with watered greens and fully licensed clubhouse. Main season - March to October. Telephone 03 5392 2337 for event details.
  • Serviceton Golf Club: Situated at Lochiel, site of the old race course at the Victoria-South Australia border. 18 hole sand scrape course set amongst century old gums. Telephone 03 5393 1213 for event details.


  • Rotary & Lions Fauna & Wetlands Park - kangaroos, aviary, bird-hide & BBQ facilities
  • Town Walks - sheep art, historical, flora & birds
  • Billy Ho Bush Walk
  • Little Desert including: Morree Reserve, Green Swamp, Yanipy Nature Reserve, Broughton's Waterhole, Serviceton Reservior - fishing & picnic area
  • Red Bluff & Big Desert Wilderness - 4wd only


  • Band Park - children's play & picnic area
  • Canoe Tree - aboriginal dugout tree - Moffat St
  • Kaniva Historical Museum - by appointment Ph: 03 5392 2680
  • Kaniva Shire Hall - Ph: 03 5392 7700
  • Lockhart Almonds - Ph: 5393 1451
  • Purple Starfish - local art & produce
  • Serviceton Railway Station - by appointment Ph: 03 5393 1448


  • February - Kaniva Lions Car & Bike Show
  • October 2nd Saturday - Kaniva Show
  • October - Biennial Patchwork & Quilting Show

Kaniva Visitor Information Centre

Windmill cafe, internet access, local produce, art & shoe collection.
41 Commercial St, Kaniva | 03 5392 2756
For further information visit the Kaniva Website.

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