Plan your visit

HOLA! WELCOME TO CACTUS COUNTRY

Australia’s largest cactus garden, Cactus Country, is located in the charming town of Strathmerton in Victoria. The easiest way to get to Cactus Country is by car.

Strathmerton is an easy three hour drive from Melbourne, one hour drive from Echuca Moama, 45 minutes from Shepparton and 35 minutes from Yarrawonga. Located in the picturesque Murray River region of Victoria, Cactus Country is an ideal day trip destination, or stay a while so you can really unwind and explore everything the region has to offer. Reach out to our tourism partners who will be more than happy to help you plan a longer visit.

Type ‘Cactus Country Strathmerton’ into Google Maps to find the easiest route from your locations.

From

Melbourne

BY CAR

The easiest way to get here from Melbourne is by car. You can take the Hume Highway M31 for the first 100 km of your journey, until the Shepparton turn off. Then it’s the Goulburn Valley Freeway/Highway for the rest of your trip. This drive will take you just 3 hours. You can plan your route with Google Maps.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

By public transport Check the website V-line for more information about trains and busses. You can also buy your ticket on their website. Traveling by public transport will take you from 3.5 up to 4.5 hours to arrive in Strathmerton. From Melbourne, you’ll have to get on a train at the Southern Cross train station. There are four trains departing per day. There is only one train which departs in the morning, so make sure you catch this one if you want to spend a day at our garden! Two of these trains will go to Shepparton, and the other two will go to Seymour. With both stations, you’ll have to catch a bus the rest of the way to Strathmerton. From the bus stop in Strathmerton, there is about a 30 minute walk out to Cactus Country.

MAKE A DAY OF IT

En route to Cactus Country, take an eco boat cruise through the narrowest section of the Murray River with Kingfisher Cruises, visit the Picola Art silo, stop by the Barmah Forest Heritage & Education Centre in Nathalia and pop in at Monichino Wines on the way home!

From

Echuca

BY CAR

Cactus Country is an easy one hour drive from Echuca Moama. Plan your trip on Google Maps. The back roads through Barmah make for a beautiful drive.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

There is a bus travelling from Echuca to Strathmerton, but they only depart later in the afternoon. If you want to check availability, please check the V-line website.

MAKE A DAY OF IT

En route to Cactus Country, take an eco boat cruise through the narrowest section of the Murray River with Kingfisher Cruises, visit the Picola Art silo, stop by the Barmah Forest Heritage & Education Centre in Nathalia and pop in at Monichino Wines on the way home!

From

Sydney

BY AIR

While you can’t fly direct to Strathmerton, you can fly from Sydney to Albury with REX and Qantas. From there, you can hire a car and take the scenic drive to Cactus Country in around one hour and forty minutes. Visit the airline websites for more information.

BY CAR

Take the Hume Motorway/Freeway M31 until you have passed Wodonga, then take the Murray Valley Highway exit for the last 117 km of your journey. Plan your trip on Google Maps.

DURATION

A ride from Sydney will take you 7 hours. Why not plan a road trip? On your way you will pass by Australia’s capital city; Canberra. Another popular city along the way is Albury/ Wodonga. There are plenty of dining options and vineyards in the Murray Valley region. We highly recommend stopping at Warrabilla Wines. The Riesling and the Reds are amazing!

MAKE A DAY OF IT

Contact our tourism partners to help you plan your stay in the region. They can help you book accommodation, tours, and give you all the inside info straight from a trusted local.

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Accomodation

There are many great places to stay nearby if you’d like to stop overnight.

Sunset Villas Cobram
  • Distance : 8 minutes

Contact : +61 428 645 706


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Dubuque Bed & Breakfast
  • Distance 22 minutes

Contact: +61 407 095 948


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RACV Cobram
  • Distance 15 minutes

Contact: +61 358 719 700


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Barooga Golf Club
  • Distance 19 minutes

Contact: 03 5873 4304


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VERY DOG FRIENDLY

A DOG FRIENDLYDAY OUT

We want you to be able to experience Cactus Country with all your amigos – including those of the furry kind! We love seeing your four-legged friends enjoying their day out among the cacti, and as long as they can be contained on a lead, you’d be barking mad not to bring them along.