Small country service town
Edenhope is a small country town of 900 people situated adjacent to Lake Wallace and amidst an undulating landscape which is given over to wool and grazing. The administrative and business centre of the West Wimmera shire, Edenhope is located on the Wimmera highway 30 km from the South Australian border and 394 km north-west of Melbourne via Horsham (95 km north-east).
A townsite was surveyed and gazetted in 1862. The first Australian cricketing team, an all-Aboriginal squad, trained here in 1868 prior to their departure. Their coach was T.W. Willis who founded Australian Rules football.
Closer settlement of the area occurred in the 1930's.
On the second weekend in February the Henley-on-Lake Wallace Regatta is held, in conjunction with a carnival and street procession.
Things to see:
Edenhope Information Centre, tel: (03) 5585 1509 cnr Elizabeth and Orme St. Tourist information can be obtained from West Wimmera Shire Council, tel: (03) 5585 9900.
The Wimmera Highway leads through Edenhope. If the visitor is approaching from the east, the first side road on the right (Lake St) will take you around the perimeter of Lake Wallace. When full it is an ideal spot for boating, waterskiing, swimming and fly-fishing for redfin and trout. There is a jetty and several boat ramps.
Lake Wallace is also a waterbird haven where black swans nest in spring. There are bird hides and a scenic walking track around the lake (5 km).
Edenhope Antiques are located at 162 Elizabeth St. They are open seven days a week from 10.00am - 5.00pm, tel: (03) 5585 1248. There is a local bird egg collection at Summerhayes Edenhope Garden Centre which is located at the corner of the highway and Wannon Ave. Avril Wait is a local artist who displays and sells her work at her Art Studio which is open by appointment. It is best to ring first if you are thinking of visiting, tel: (03) 5585 1538