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Cactus Country

Tours Strathmerton

WELCOME TO CACTUS COUNTRY Our fans tell us it's like another world! We love Cacti and we want to share our passion for plants with as many people as we can, that's why we designed this huge display featuring plants from Africa, North America, Mexico and South America. We hope you will share our journey and enjoy exploring our world of plants! The cactus and succulent collection has plants up to 50 years old and has become a favourite attraction not just for the avid collector but for the many tourists that visit Northern Victoria. Once you’re out amongst thousands of plants you really feel like you’re in another country. There are approximately 4,000 different species from North America and Mexico, South America and Africa.

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Cactus Country is packed with fun and discovery for everyone. It's like another world, a gallery of cacti, there is something here for the whole family. Cactus Country has been around for 25 years and is still going strong. Occupying a 10 acre site at Strathmerton, 30 minutes north of Shepparton, it is Australia's largest Cactus Garden with an extensive plant sales area and a Mexican themed cafe/bar. JOHN HALL SENIOR Jim Hall's passion for cacti was initiated by his father’s collection when he was a child. He perceived there was a genuine fascination for people who came to his father’s garden collection. When Jim's father decided to sell his collection in 1979, Jim decided to purchase the collection only 3 months before marrying Julie. For the next four years Jim and Julie looked after the plants on their 3-acre property, slowly propagating new seed and planting bigger specimens in the ground to allow them to grow faster. John Hall Senior passed away in 2012 we know he was very proud of Jim's achievements. In 1984 they purchased a second collection, which had belonged to Mr. Ed Kroemer, a bachelor from Loxton in SA who had traveled the world collecting cacti. When he passed away, he requested in his will that his collection be kept together. His brothers and sisters took over a year to find someone who would fulfil their brothers' wishes. We hope that Ed is happy with the home they have come to. On October 21, 1988, Mr. Ken Jasper, MLA, officially opened "Spikes and Blooms". Since then the area of gardens have grow from 1/2 an acre to 10 acres, and the name has changed to Cactus Country. Jim can be found pottering around the garden as new expansions are always taking place around the outer edges of the garden, Jim's dream continues to grow! Julie can often be found in the cafe making coffee's and starting tourists off on their journey around the many trails. John (Julie and Jim's son) is very passionate about Cactus Country, he has big plans for improvement and will make sure that this amazing Tourist Attraction is here for years to come. Cactus Country won the Cobram/Barooga tourism award in 2012 We have now been featured on 7 different television programs including: Better Homes and Gardens with Graham Ross Gardening Australia with Jim as the presenter Coxy's Big Break with Coxy and Scherri-Lee Biggs Mecurio's Menu with Paul Mecurio Postcards with Grant Hacket Making Tracks Mieke Buchan Healthy, Wealthy and Wise with Ronnie Burns A great day out for the whole family, Cactus Country is the perfect year-round destination.

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