Benalla Art Gallery, Tourism Victoria

Population 9128

Motorists from Melbourne entering Benalla will notice the Rose Gardens positioned beside the highway a short distance before Lake Benalla – gardens for which the city has become known as the 'Rose City'. The town is Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop's birthplace and proudly advertises the fact with a museum display and a statue in his honour at the Benalla Botanical Gardens.

Visitor Information

14 Mair St; (03) 5762 1749

Nearby national parks

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  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

Nearby towns

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In Town

Art Gallery Set beside Lake Benalla, the gallery has an impressive collection including contemporary Australian art, works by Sidney Nolan, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Arthur Boyd, and a substantial collection of Indigenous art. Built in 1975, the gallery is a striking work of modern architecture. Bridge St; (03) 5762 3027.

Ceramic Art Mural: a Gaudi-inspired community construction, this fascinating 3D mural is opposite the art gallery on Lake Benalla.

The Creators Gallery: paintings, pottery and craft; at the information centre.

Costume and Pioneer Museum: has period costumes, a Ned Kelly exhibit and a feature display of Benalla's 'famous sons', in particular, Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop; Mair St.

Lake Benalla: created in Broken River, it has good recreation and picnic facilities and is a haven for waterbirds. Take the self-guided walk around the lake.

Botanical Gardens: features a splendid collection of roses and memorial statue of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop; Bridge St.

Aeropark: centre for the Gliding Club of Victoria, offering hot-air ballooning and glider flights; northern outskirts of town; bookings on (03) 5762 1058.


Reef Hills State Park The park offers scenic drives, bushwalks, picnics and horseriding. There are more than 100 species of birds, including gang-gang cockatoos and crimson rosellas, plus animals such as eastern grey kangaroos, sugar gliders, brush-tailed possums, echidnas and bats. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 4 km SW, western side of the Midland Hwy.

Lake Mokoan: depending on water levels, great for fishing, boating and waterskiing; 10 km NE.

1950s-style cinema: showing classic films at Swanpool; 23 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Mulwala 63 km

Lake Mulwala separates the Victorian and NSW towns of Yarrawonga and Mulwala. It is a little over three hours’ drive from Melbourne and is popular with anglers seeking native fish such as Murray cod and... Find out more

Lake Buffalo 63 km

Two productive lakes in this region are Lake Buffalo, 20 km south of Myrtleford, and Lake William Hovell, 60 km south of Wangaratta. Both waters have boat-launching facilities, but fishing here can be difficult during... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Murray to the Mountains and High Country Rail Trails 37 km

With 100 kilometres of safe, sealed bitumen surface to pedal on, the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is the most developed rail trail in the state, and therefore very popular, with more than 40 000 people estimated to... Find out more

Indigenous tour - Shepparton 56 km

A free, short, bush-tucker tour is available from the Bangerang Cultural Centre in Shepparton. You will need to book, but you can visit the centre on weekdays to see the wide range of artefacts from the area, and from... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Benalla Gallery Cafe

Housed in the most visited regional art gallery outside of Melbourne, this contemporary cafe boasts a lovely sunny deck over Lake Benalla in the botanic gardens. With an emphasis on alfresco dining, it opens for dinner... Find out more


A busy restaurant in a century-old building in Benalla’s main street, Georgina’s offers a menu of Australian home-style cuisine as well as a spicy, Asian-influenced range of dishes. Entrées might be... Find out more

North Eastern Hotel

This 1905 Federation brick hotel has had a major overhaul to create an open-plan dining room with leather couches and open fires for winter warmth, and relaxing courtyard dining in summer. The menu of regional... Find out more

Raffety’s Restaurant

There’s a warm welcome at Raffety’s, with a cosy fire in winter inside this 100-year-old heritage building and a side verandah with concertina doors that open for summer dining. There are also pavement tables... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wenhams Camp camping area 30 km

Wenhams Camp is at the Glenrowan (southern) end of the park. From here, you can take a 4.5 km self-guided stroll along the Friends Track to learn about the local vegetation; detour down the side track to Kwat Kwat... Find out more

Bush camping (walk-in camping) 31 km

It’s permissible to go bush camping in the park by following your nose down secluded pathways – mountain-bikers can pedal themselves down any of the vehicle tracks. Anyone intending to pitch a tent among the... Find out more

Samaria Well camping area 31 km

The level camping area at Samaria Well is situated in the midst of serene bushland at the northern perimeter of the park. Head south of here down Mt Samaria Rd to tackle the steep climb up to the summit of the... Find out more

James camping area 32 km

The campsites in this small reserve are only 50 m from the fishing in Moonee Moonee Creek. There are toilets here and you can draw water from the creek, though obviously boil or treat it before use. Horesriders and 4WD... Find out more

Jones camping area 34 km

This small camping area is sited next to Hollands Creek, where rainbow and brown trout can be hooked and then cooked by hungry anglers. To the west is Mt Samaria State Park, which has some fine lookouts and waterfalls to... Find out more

Wild Dog Creek Falls camping area (walk-in camping) 36 km

Along the walking track leading from Mt Samaria Rd over to Wild Dog Falls is the falls campground, set within a grove of blue gums. The cascades themselves are well worth a look, particularly as there’s an... Find out more

Spring Creek Sawmill camping area 37 km

At the Spring Creek Sawmill site, you’ll find what’s left of the substantial timber-cutting operation that began working the forest here in the 1920s, including several kilns. Near here is the beginning of a... Find out more

Camphora camping area (walk-in camping) 38 km

After taking the signposted access route of Mt Samaria Rd, you’ll need to park the car or bike and walk the remaining 500 m to the Camphora site. After you’ve set up your camp, continue south down Mt Samaria... Find out more

The Forest Camp camping area 40 km

Located in the far north of the Warby–Ovens National Park, this basic campground has pit toilets and wood BBQs. There are walking tracks that head north and south from the campsite. To access the campsite turn off... Find out more

Stringybark Creek camping area 41 km

This camping area is in the lovely Toombullup Ranges, about 30 km south of Tatong and reached via the Tatong–Tolmie Rd. It’s adjacent to a reserve centred on the spot beside Stringybark Creek where the Kelly... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Honeysuckle Caravan Village 25 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Freeway, this smaller park has good facilities and is ideal for a one- or two-night stay in this quiet rural environment.... Find out more

Painters Island Caravan Park 38 km

Less than 1 km from the town centre, this nicely appointed park is situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

North Cedars Holiday Park 41 km

Located about 4 km north-east of the township, this is a good quality park in a quiet location on what was once the old highway prior to the opening of the bypass.... Find out more

Euroa Caravan and Cabin Park 43 km

Just a short walk to the centre of town, this park stretches along the banks of the creek. It is a good spot in a lovely setting and has a large number of tourist sites. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Gateway Lifestyle Shepparton East Holiday Park 51 km

On the Midland Highway 5 km to the east of Shepparton, and close to the Shepparton bypass, this quality park in a rural setting has great amenities and facilities including a tennis court. As with most parks in this... Find out more

Big4 Shepparton Park Lane Holiday Park 55 km

Located on the southern approaches to Shepparton, this park has undergone substantial redevelopment and is now a tourist park with great facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Victoria Lake Holiday Park 56 km

Set on the shores of Victoria Park Lake, this picturesque place is centrally located on the main highway 1 km south of the city centre. With good facilities and great waterfront sites, it is the park we like to stay at... Find out more

Yarrawonga Holiday Park 60 km

This is a very large, popular park on the banks of the Murray River, just below the Yarrawonga Weir. It is situated around some of the town’s sporting facilities, including the public swimming pool, and experiences... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Nillahcootie Estate

This self-contained guesthouse is part of a winery complex, but is conveniently located on the opposite side of the Midland Highway. It overlooks the vineyards, Broken River Valley and Lake Nillahcootie – a popular... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Casey Weir rest area 9 km

9km NW of Benalla (L) or 52km SE of Shepparton (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Broken River.

Mokoan No. 1 rest area 12 km

27km SW of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the highway among trees. For southbound only.

Nalinga rest area 29 km

33km NW of Benalla (L) or 28km SE of Shepparton (R)

Large area just off the highway among a few trees.

Balmattum rest area 36 km

62km NE of Seymour (L)  

Just off the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Pioneer Bridges rest area 50 km

T/O to Markwood

Shady area on a riverbank 2km south of the highway.

Burgoigee Creek rest area 55 km

29km SE of Wangaratta (L) or 17km NW of Myrtleford (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Lower Ovens Regional Park camping area 57 km

23km E of Yarrawonga (L) or 25km W of Rutherglen (R)

Numerous secluded campsites just off the highway. Located under trees on the riverbank of the Ovens River's eastern side.

Calder Woodburn rest area 57 km

31km N of Nagambie (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Yarrawonga West rest area 59 km

33km E of Cobram (R) or 4km W of Yarrawonga (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Mooroopna rest area 59 km

At Mooroopna

Adjacent to the highway. On the west side of town.

Bundalong park area 60 km

At Bundalong

Adjacent to the highway among some trees. 

Bourkes Bend rest area 63 km

19km E of Cobram (L) or 18km W of Yarrawonga (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Lakeside Craft and Farmers Market: near the Civic Centre; 3rd Sat each month.

Benalla Festival: Feb/Mar.

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