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Population 16846

Wangaratta lies in a rich agricultural district in north-eastern Victoria that produces a diverse range of crops including kiwifruit, wine grapes, walnuts and wheat. An entry for both the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail and the Great Alpine Road, it offers the services of a rural city while retaining a country-town warmth. A short drive in any direction will lead to world-class wineries, gourmet food and some spectacular views.

Visitor Information

100–104 Murphy St; (03) 5721 5711 or 1800 801 065

Nearby national parks

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In Town

Self-guide historical walk: historic sites and buildings, such as the majestic Holy Trinity cathedral, Vine Hotel Cellar Museum and the Wangaratta Historical Museum; details from visitor centre.

Cemetery: headless body of infamous bushranger Daniel 'Mad Dog' Morgan is buried here; Tone Rd.

Gallery: changing exhibitions by national and regional artists; Ovens St.

Brucks Textile Factory: a factory outlet for Sheridan sheets; Sicily Ave.

Australian Country Spinners: an outlet for local wool products; Textile Ave.


Warby Range State Park The steep ranges of the 'Warbys', as they are known locally, provide excellent viewing points, especially from Ryan's Lookout. Other lookouts include the Pangarang Lookout, near Pine Gully Picnic Area, and Mt Glenrowan Lookout, the highest point of the Warbys at 513 m. There are well-marked tracks for bushwalkers and a variety of pleasant picnic spots amid open forests and woodlands, with wildflowers blossoming during the warmer months. 12 km W.

Eldorado Eldorado is a fascinating old goldmining township named after the mythical city of gold. The main relic of the gold era is a huge dredge, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, which was built in 1936. There is a walking track with information boards around the lake where the dredge now sits. The Eldorado Museum provides details of the town's mining past, alongside WW II relics and a gemstone collection. 20 km NE.

Wombi Toys: old-fashioned, handmade toys for sale; Whorouly; 25 km SE.

Reids Creek: popular with anglers, gem fossickers and gold panners; near Beechworth; 28 km E.

Newton's Prickle Berry Farm: pick your own blackberries and buy organic berry jams; Whitfield; 45 km S.

Scenic drives: one goes for 307 km along the Great Alpine Rd through the alps to Bairnsdale. The road south leads through the beautiful King Valley and to Paradise Falls. A network of minor roads allows you to fully explore the area, including a number of tiny, unspoiled townships such as Whitfield, Cheshunt and Carboor.

Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail:

following historical railway lines with 94 km of bitumen sealed track, the trail ventures into pine forests, natural bushland and open valleys. It links several townships. Suitable for both cycling and walking; a gentle gradient makes the track appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Mulwala 49 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Rutherglen region 36 km

The Rutherglen region in the far north of the state is renowned particularly for its fortified ports and muscats, perfect for a winter’s night. There are no organically certified wineries in the area, although... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Atrium Restaurant

This hotel dining room offers a contemporary à la carte menu that pleases locals and visitors alike. The menu covers the full gamut of flavours, with imaginative offerings such as duck rillettes with chilli... Find out more

Rinaldo’s Casa Cucina

It was only a matter of time before passionate chef Adam Pizzini moved from the King Valley, bringing his Italian fare to appreciative diners in nearby Wangaratta. Yet, Pizzini’s mixed menu of modern Australian... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bridge Road Brewers 33 km

Ben Kraus originally trained as a winemaker but his head was turned in the direction of craft brewing during a stint working in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. The cluster of microbreweries in this... Find out more

Campsites around town

North Cedars Holiday Park 4 km

On the northern fringe of Wangaratta, off the Old Hume Hwy, is the North Cedars Holiday Park. This is a tranquil spot, with plenty of trees and a reasonable amount of space allowed between each of the campsites. The... Find out more

Wenhams Camp camping area 11 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) 13 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

The Forest Camp camping area 20 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

Reedy Creek camping area 26 km

In the southern section of the national park, several bush-camping sites are scattered alongside Reedy Creek, which winds from near Woolshed Falls to the fancifully named Eldorado gold dredge. To get here, take the road... Find out more

Lower Ovens camping area (bush camping) 34 km

There’s dispersed bush camping along the picturesque Ovens and Murray rivers – try Parolas and Camerons bends. Check the local riverbanks for platypus and water rat burrows, and watch kingfishers go after... Find out more

Lumbys Bend camping area 35 km

Lumbys Bend is another of the tranquil twists of the Murray River enjoyed by overnighting motorists and intrepid canoeists. It’s also utilised by swimmers, though the water can get quite cold. This camping area is... Find out more

Stantons camping area 35 km

Stantons camping area is only 5 km from Rutherglen, where the delicious tastes of locally bottled shiraz and muscat await, as well as the fine fare offered in the local cafes and restaurants. Access is via Moodemere Rd,... Find out more

Taylors Bend camping area 36 km

This slight crook in the flow of the Murray River is 18 km west of Rutherglen, near the township of Dugays Bridge. Turn north off the Murray Valley Hwy onto Brimin Rd, which meets the Murray near Collendina State Forest.... Find out more

Stanley Forest camping areas 43 km

Numerous camping areas have been cleared alongside Yackandandah Creek – access is off Yack Gate Rd and Number One Rd. Make sure your chosen campsite is at least 20 m away from the creek or any other watercourse.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Painters Island Caravan Park 1 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 4 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

Corowa Caravan Park 39 km

The park is 2 km east of town with frontage to the Murray River. It is the closest park to the popular golf course. Large and shady, this park is great for a weekend or a longer break. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Ball Park Caravan Park 40 km

This is a large council-owned park, close to the centre of town. It is a popular holiday destination and bookings are required in peak periods; a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends. Pets... Find out more

Yarrawonga Holiday Park 48 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

King River Stables

Just 2 kilometres from town, these converted horse stables overlook a tranquil billabong on the King River frequented by myriad waterbirds. Accommodation on the 16-hectare farm is stylish, catering for up to eight in two... Find out more

Quality Hotel 
Wangaratta Gateway

This award-winning hotel is simply the best of its kind in town. After a recent major refurbishment and extension, accommodation is now offered in 76 suites and apartments, including 12 new luxury king-bedroom suites, an... Find out more

Mount Pleasant Homestead 7 km

When Ruth and Noel Amery went about renovating their old property into a guesthouse, they succeeded in finding the perfect balance between cottage charm and a luxury escape. Guests who drive down the unsealed track off... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pioneer Bridges rest area 21 km

T/O to Markwood

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

Mokoan No. 1 rest area 25 km

27km SW of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the highway among trees. For southbound only.

Burgoigee Creek rest area 28 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 34 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.

Casey Weir rest area 36 km

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

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

Ironbark rest area 37 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.

Chiltern rest area 38 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.

Bundalong park area 39 km

At Bundalong

Adjacent to the highway among some trees. 

Myrtleford park area 41 km

At Myrtleford

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

Browns Plains rest area 45 km

18km E of Rutherglen (L) or 26km W of Wodonga (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Police Paddocks camping area 45 km

T/O 2km E of Rutherglen (L) or 42km W of Wodonga (R)

Large area 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Gooramadda and Police Paddock rds. Located on the banks of Murphys Creek in Gooramadda State Forest.

Yarrawonga West rest area 49 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Howlong rest area 49 km

T/O 16km E of Rutherglen (L) or 28km W of Wodonga (R)

Overlooking a river 7km north of the highway on the road to Howlong.

What's on around town

Wangaratta Trash and Treasure Market: Olympic Swimming Pool carpark, Swan St; each Sun.

Wangaratta Stitched Up Festival: textile displays; June/July.

Wangaratta Show: agricultural show; Oct.

Festival of Jazz: well-known jazz festival; Oct/Nov.

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