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Right turn in lockdown


WHAT a wonderful surprise Wedderburn is.

During Lockdown restrictions, it really limits what you can do on the weekend.

So, within an hour’s drive from Bendigo, along the Calder Highway heading north, I came across Wedderburn.

Now growing up in the Loddon Shire and attending my final year at Boort Secondary College, Wedderburn was a place I had heard of.

Driven past the signs to Wedderburn thousands of times, however I had never made Wedderburn my destination of choice.

A Facebook friend of mine was living in Wedderburn and seeing it was only a short drive, I thought why not.

Gee am I glad I made this choice. You know those spontaneous decisions you make from time to time, that make you feel happy that you did that.

Certainly came up trumps over a day on the couch in front of the tele.

A stroll up the main street on a Saturday afternoon, on a cold June day may not be

every-one’s cuppa tea, but my dog Meg sure was having the best day.

What really caught my eye was the beautiful murals that were spread over town.

A bird lover myself, I could not help but be amazed at the display of brilliantly painted birds and wildlife that were on show over the buildings. My personal favourite was the church.

The cute white Uniting Church in the main street was now this wonderful artpiece.

I could picture the wedding photos now, with a bride and groom posing out the front. It was just magic.

Further along the street, coffee was calling. Nothing better to warm you up on a winter’s day than a coffee and sausage roll, right?

The 24 Karat Café was a favourite with the locals and it was easy to see why.

The gorgeous courtyard out the back was again, painted with wildlife all over the corrugated iron, giving a rustic country ambience to the café. The sausage roll was 10/10.

Well Wedderburn, you certainly have impressed me, leaving an imprint of country hospitality, artistic murals and a vibrant community.

Well done to Wedderburn, for putting Loddon Shire on the map. A beautiful place

I highly recommend it as worth the drive to visit this weekend.

* Melanie Tanner is a Loddeon Herald reader., who grew up in Pyramid Hill but now lives in Bendigo. “My parents are still there, the Loddon Shire is home to me,” she says.

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