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City of Greater Shepparton

About the area

Name origin

Shepparton is named after Sherbourne Sheppard, an early land holder. It was originally known as Sheppardstown.

Location and boundaries

The City of Greater Shepparton is located in north-central Victoria, about 180 kilometres north of Melbourne. The City of Greater Shepparton is bounded by Moira Shire in the north, Benalla Shire in the east, Strathbogie Shire in the south and the Shire of Campaspe in the west.

Included areas

The City of Greater Shepparton includes the suburbs, townships and rural localities of Arcadia, Ardmona, Boxwood (part), Bunbartha, Byrneside, Caniambo, Congupna, Cooma, Coomboona, Cosgrove, Cosgrove South, Dhurringile, Dookie, Dookie College, Gillieston, Girgarre East, Gowangardie, Grahamvale, Harston, Karramomus, Katandra, Katandra West, Kialla, Kialla East, Kialla West, Kyabram (the rural part not the town), Kyabram South, Lancaster (part), Lemnos, Major Plains, Marionvale, Marungi (part), Merrigum, Moorilim (part), Mooroopna, Mooroopna North, Mooroopna North West, Mount Major, Murchison, Murchison East, Murchison North, Nalinga, Orrvale, Pine Lodge, Shepparton, Shepparton East, Shepparton North, St Germains, Stanhope South, Stewarton (part), Tallygaroopna, Tamleugh North, Tatura, Tatura East, Toolamba, Toolamba West, Undera, Violet Town (part), Waranga (part), Wyuna (part) and Zeerust.

Economic region
City of Greater Shepparton

Land use

The City of Greater Shepparton includes the major centre of Shepparton, as well as significant rural hinterland. Smaller urban areas and townships include Congupna, Dookie, Katandra, Merrigum, Mooroopna, Murchison, Tallygaroopna, Tatura, Toolamba and Undera. Three quarters of the population live in the main urban centres of Shepparton and Mooroopna. The City encompasses a total land area of 2,422 square kilometres. Rural land is used mainly for dairy farming and agriculture, including wineries and orchards, with the region being a major fruit and vegetable processing centre.


The City of Greater Shepparton is served by the Goulburn Valley Highway, the Midland Highway and the Melbourne-Shepparton railway line.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1836, with land used mainly for pastoral purposes. Growth was minimal until the 1870s and 1880s. The townships of Shepparton and Mooroopna grew as stopovers for the Echuca paddle-steamer service. Some growth took place in the early 1900s, aided by irrigation. Growth continued in the interwar period, with many dairy farms and orchards established. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years, with consistent growth over the last fifty years. The population increased slightly during the 1990s, rising from about 50,500 in 1991 to about 55,000 in 2001. The population then continued to rise slightly to about 59,500 in 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Shepparton area were the Yorta-Yorta Aboriginal people.