Discover Rupanyup

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Rupanyup, is located in Northern Western Victoria some 3.5 hours drive (or 300km) from Melbourne.

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Rupanyup's  beginnings

Rupanyup was first surveyed in 1873.  The town located on Dunmunkle Creek was originally known as Lallat but by 1876 had become known as Rupanyup, Aboriginal word meaning "branch hanging over water".


Originally known for its high yielding and quality cereal crops, in recent years Rupanyup is adding a new industry to it’s bow – tourism.


Like many regional towns Rupanyup has experienced a decline in population since then 1960s and so has decided to take it's future into it's own hands.

 

Rupanyup, A Town With Pulse.  

The volume and tonnage of chickpea, lentil and fabas (pulses) , not to mention our cereal crops, which passes through this small community feeds thousands of people both locally and globally.

However with farms getting larger, there is less population to keep town businesses sustainable.

 

So as part of the 2016 International Year of the Pulses initiative the Rupanyup community adopted its own brand and  logo.   

Rupanyup, A Town With Pulse !

 

The purpose of the brand and logo was to raise the profile of the town, and as those involved say  "Put Rupanyup on the map !"

By attracting tourists and  business investment to the town we hope will create a sustainable future for our town and region.

So Rupanyup is known as A Town With Pulse, not only because of it's great community spirit, but because of the tons and tons of chickpeas and lentils which can be grown around the area and the broader Wimmera region (season permitting).

Agriculture to Artisan 

Tourism and interest in the town has been growing,  thanks to the endless efforts of local volunteers.

 

Rupanyup now has many fabulous tourist attractions.

Things to do in 

Rupanyup

Silo Art Trail

The Silo Art Trail is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. The trail stretches over 200 kilometres, linking Brim, Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Nullawil and Sea Lake.

Providing an insight into the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee, the trail recognises and celebrates the region’s people through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930s.

The project saw a team of renowned artists from Australia and across the world visit the region, meet the locals and transform each grain silo into an epic work of art; each one telling a unique story about the host town.

The Silo Art Trail was conceived in 2016 after the success of the first silo artwork in Brim. What started as a small community project by the Brim Active Community Group, GrainCorp, Juddy Roller and artist, Guido van Helten resulted in widespread international media attention and an influx of visitors to the region and the idea for a trail was born.

The Silo Art Trail was created as a partnership between Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.

Rupanyup, Julia Volchkova

Sea Lake, Drapl & The Zookeeper

Credit - Images and Videos

The Silo Art Trail was created as a partnership between Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.

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Wood’s Farming and Heritage Museum

Woods Farming and Heritage Museum - A world class museum of collectables accumulated by the Woods brothers. Huge collection of farming & household memorabilia dating back to 1920's.

Both young and old will be able to learn many things about how things were done in the past. Some of the interesting and unique items on display include old generators, sewing machines, clothing, television, toys, and much more. They speak of Australia’s rural history, and you’ll be able to get a glimpse into how people lived during the late 19th and 20th century.

Open every weekend 9am to 4pm or by appointment 

Local Walks

Rupanyup has multiple town and historic walks.  Take a stroll, run or ride around Jacks Track.  Or walk the historic sites of the town such as, The Old Four Mill, the Rupanyup Railway Station dates from 1890 and the Post Office, the Memorial Hall (a former cinema), the old CBA Bank and the Commercial Hotel all have their own special character. The Anglican Church (1912), Masonic Lodge (1918) and the heritage listed Primary School (1878) are other notable buildings. The local cemetery off Dyer Street also provides an insight into the early history of the district.


Rupanyup s Chainsaw Art Trail.  Take a stroll down the main street of Rupanyup, starting with a  farmer and his dog outside the Rupanyup Memorial Town Hall.

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Historical Society 

The Rupanyup Historical Society Inc is a small group, established in 1984 to preserve history, documents, photos etc relevant to Rupanyup & district.

 

Located in Dyer St, Rupanyup, opposite the primary school, this very active historical society, provides insight into early life in this farming community.

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Rupanyup Events

The Barley Banquet is a significant annual community and charity event, which acts as a major fundraiser for the Rupanyup community. The black-tie day out held in October each year occurs in a barley paddock and attracts about 400 people from the Wimmera and beyond. The popular social outing also promotes agriculture and rural Victoria.

The Rupanyup Dirt Music Festival opens their town, front yards and community spaces to performers and audiences from far and wide. A  diversity of  performers play to audiences and then reverse roles, in intimate spaces around the town.  A fun festival, relaxed, engaging and free of charge.
 

Try our food...

World’s Best Brownie

Cust's Store, in the middle of town, is an example of an old-style general store named after one of the first shops erected within the town.


It is also the home of Rupanyup Living and Worlds Best Brownie, made from locally grown chickpeas, milled into flour (supplied by The Wimmera Grain Store) turned into the most divine Brownie.  It’s worth driving to Rupanyup for the Brownie alone !

 

Call a head to book your piece of Brownie !  0407 885 993.

Custs Store, 27a Cromie Street Rupanyup, VIC, 3388

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Seed N Sprout

As you explore the town of Rupanyup, its murals, sculptures and walking trails pop by the Seed and Sprout Food Van.  This is 1970's Retro Van is an inviting place to call into at the weekends for locals and visitors alike – grab a coffee, catch up, a bite to eat.  

 

The owner is passionate about healthy eating and has nailed the menu for those with special dietary needs and at the same time engages/includes locally grown foods and produce on the menu.

Call a head to check opening times 0418 391 563

59 Cromie Street Rupanyup, VIC 3388

The Regional Market Rupanyup

The Regional Market Rupanyup is a great  supermarket/convenience store located at 24 Cromie Street, Rupanyup. 

 

Whether your camping in the area for a few days, planning a barbeque or picnic in the  area or would like to enjoy a Wimmera sunset with a wine or beer, this shop is great for those handy groceries supplies. 

Call a head to check opening times 0353855348

22-24 Cromie St, Rupanyup VIC 3388

And  when visiting Rupanyup, The Wimmera Grain Store products can be found at Seed n Sprout, Rupanyup Living and The Regional Market Rupanyup.

Places to stay in

Rupanyup

The Rup Pub 

A good pub is the DNA of any rural community.  And the current owners of the Rupanyup Hotel have been busy restoring this 110 year old building back to its former glory.


The newly refurbished accommodation in the pub, with its interior rooms and shared facilities, boasts an elegance and charm, which guarantees any traveller with a comfortable night’s sleep.
The Bistro/Restaurant has been updated with fresh new carpet, decor and furniture that creates a warm and cosy feel to the eating experience.

A beer garden with its own unique mural is a warm, and relaxing place to kick back, while visiting the town.


And a newly renovated bar area which looks modern and fresh, but still captures and reflects the charm and history of the pub and town.


Not to mentions a renovated function room which can host weddings, birthdays and presentations.  Perfect for those private parties !

 

Currently Closed

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The Rupanyup Commercial Hotel
48 Cromie Stree
Rupanyup VIC 3388
(03) 5385 5051

Rupanyup Memorial Park/
Jacks Billabong Camping Grounds

Located adjacent to the Jack Emmett Billabong, this charming park provides powered and non powered sites, excellent amenities, playground and BBQ facilities.  Absolute value when visiting the region.


89 Wimmera Hwy

Rupanyup  VIC 3388


0448 782 834