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The small town of Kaniva is located in the far west of Victoria, between Nhill and the border with South Australia, on the main highway between Melbourne and Adelaide.

Kaniva's major thoroughfare is the Western Highway which is known as Commercial Street through the town centre and is lined with colourful bushes. Kaniva's shops and hotels can be found along this street, many with authentic shopfronts and wide verandahs. On the corner of Commercial Street and Madden Street North is the local visitor information centre and a large windmill which symbolises the town's use of its abundant underground water supply.

On the west side of town along the Western Highway, opposite Douglas Street, is the Rotary Fauna Park. Visitors can observe native animals including emus and kangaroos, while an aviary section contains cockatoos, parrots and rosellas. The park also includes wetlands with waterbirds and native grasses, a BBQ shelter and picnic tables.

The Kaniva Historical Museum displays a large range of household items, farming relics and other items from the district's colonial and Aboriginal past.

Surrounding Kaniva are vast wheat fields and sheep stations - industries that have flourished here since the late 1800s. Large plantations of canola can also be found in the district, creating a colourful display during the early springtime.

23 kilometres west of Kaniva on the Western Highway is the turn-off to the tiny settlement of Serviceton. This town, located close to the border with South Australia, became a major customs post for goods being transported interstate by rail, with a large station having being built in 1887. Now closed, this heritage station and customs house is classified by the National Trust.

Two kilometres west of the turn-off to Serviceton, the Western Highway reaches the state border between Victoria and South Australia. There is a rest area just off the highway at the border which includes picnic tables, shelters, toilets and information displays about Victoria and South Australia.