Wangaratta and the surrounding rural communities offer a year full of festivals, celebrations and events that attract people from across the country and in some cases from around the world. Events such as the annual Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Swap Meet are all centrally located, and across the region there are wine and food events which are hugely popular. Wangaratta also offers an excellent selection of accommodations from which to explore and enjoy some of the many events that are held in nearby communities such as Beechworth, Myrtleford, Bright, Rutherglen and Yarrawonga. Wangaratta is also host to regular markets, youth events, senior citizen events and sporting competitions including Australian Rules Football, netball, squash and swimming.

There is a good selection of Wangaratta accommodation available to suit all budgets and needs. Offered within central Wangaratta as well as the surrounding communities travelers will find and excellent variety of motels, hotels, pubs, caravan parks, cottages and guest houses specifically catering for both short and longer stay temporary accommodation. There is plenty of accommodation in the heart of Wangaratta plus the nearby regions of the King Valley, Glenrowan, Milawa, Eldorado and many other also have some excellent accommodation choices. Furthermore, with the region hosting a large number of annual festivals, celebrations and events, accommodation can be scarce. For that reason if you require Wangaratta accommodation be sure to book early.

If you are looking for something unique then one of the many regular Wangaratta and regional markets are a great place to begin your search. Each year residents and visitors alike can enjoy markets such as the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz Market, Oxley Bush Market, Wangaratta Swap Meet as well as those close to Wangaratta in Mansfield, Yarrawonga, Jamieson, Myrtleford, Beechworth, Peechelba, Rutherglen and Benalla. These markets include everything from clothes and popular foods through to unique handcrafts and gourmet local produce and wines. These markets are a great opportunity to stock up the pantry with all your favourites from one convenient location and in many cases by dealing with the producer direct.

Paradise Falls is one of those places that is often overlooked by visitors to the King Valley but for those that make the effort they are well rewarded. The short walk from the car park leads you down a series of rocky steps into the ravine below that gets cooler and more welcoming as you approach the falls. Be sure to visit after recent rains as the water flow does dry up in the warmer months There are some very interesting conglomerate rock formations along the path and around the falls. If you are particularly lucky you may even see some of the resident Peregrine Falcons that nest in the cliff tops above the falls. Paradise Falls are a great destination for families but do pack a spare set of clothes as the temptation may be to get a bit wet.

The Warby Ranges is only a 10km drive from central Wangaratta and is officially known as the Warby-Ovens National Park. It offers a variety of spots for family picnics and natural experiences such as Ryan’s Lookout, Briens Gorge Falls, The Forest Camp and Pine Gully. Fishing, Camping, Walking, Bike Riding and Gem Prospecting is also available in some areas.

The King Valley is a wonderful area which is easily reached from Wangaratta. The King Valley is famous for its excellent wineries and a variety of natural attractions. Whitfield is the hub of many of the King Valleys attractions with Paradise Falls, Lake William Hovell and Powers Lookout all within easy reach and each is certainly worth the drive.

One of the great things about Wangaratta is its central location to a number of regional attractions. Whether you are planning on visiting the natural wonders around the Warby Ranges or wineries of the King Valley and Rutherglen Wangaratta is a convenient location. If you are travelling to the snowfields then Bright is a comfortable drive and for a taste of history Glenrowan and Beechworth are close by. Wangaratta’s own Performing Arts Centre hosts regular shows. There are also a number of annual, seasonal and special attractions across the region that attract large numbers of visitors to the region each year. If you are planning on visiting during the holiday season be sure to book your accommodation early as rooms do fill up.

Welcome to Wangaratta Victoria, a thriving regional city which is home to a strong local community, a broad range of businesses, wonderful annual events, great services and infrastructure and wonderful parks, gardens and attractions. Wangaratta is a great place to live and to visit with an estimated 17,000 people within the town boundaries and up to 58,000 people in the surrounding areas.

The area is popular of its many any events and festivals such as the annual Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and La Dolce Vita in the King Valley. There are plenty of iconic local attractions and things to do including bike trails, bush hiking tracks, nightlife, live performances, eating out, enjoying the river, parks and community events. For local residents this all on their doorsteps and it makes for a wonderful town to live. For travellers a visit to the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre will let you know what’s going on.

There is plenty of Wangaratta accommodation options with a variety of short stay motels, hotels, cottages and caravan parks all readily available. For longer stays it is worth seeing one of the Wangaratta real estate agents. As for other businesses in Wangaratta you will be able find nearly every service and item you may be searching for. Many have shop fronts in the main street but there are also several other commercial areas within the town that accommodates local traders and business people.

Wangaratta is also the gateway to Victoria’s leading gourmet wine and food district as well as many historic towns and the nearby snowfields. The King Valley through to Milawa produces some of Australia’s finest wines and foods with the Glenrowan area also offering some excellent regional wines to complement the history of the village. For more information on these areas follow the links below.


The King Valley

The King Valley is located in the southern part of Wangaratta and is Victoria's High Country most picturesque and rewarding destination for fine wine and sumptuous food. It has the ambiance of the northern Italian mountains and sits on the hills above the King River.  

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Located just south of central Wangaratta are the small communities of Glenrowan, Oxley and Milawa. These three Wangaratta towns provide an excellent day out full of iconicAustraliahistory, wineries and specialty gourmet foods all within a short drive of each other.

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Everton to Springhurst

To the east of central Wangaratta are the small communities of Everton, Tarrawingee, Eldorado and Springhurst. These communities are generally satellite suburbs with many people travelling into central Wangaratta for work and shopping. 

Some of our smaller towns: More Information...



Distances to and from Wangaratta

Albury Wodonga 

65 km

Falls Creek

141 km

Mt Hotham

130 km


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21 km

Mt Buffalo

99 km


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Featured Wangaratta Organisations

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Ryley Motor Inn

Wangaratta Motels

Ryley Motor Inn WangarattaOffering motel style accommodation Wangaratta the Ryley Motor Inn includes 17 ground floor units. There is a shaded courtyard area as well as an inground swimming pool and guest BBQ. Read more...

Memorial Gardens Wangaratta

Memorial Gardens WangarattaLocated next to the Holy Trinity Cathedral are Wangaratta’s Memorial Gardens which contain two war memorials. Both are basalt memorials.


St Patrick’s Church

St Patrick’s ChurchLocated in the centre of town on the main intersection at Ford and Ryley Streets, St Patricks Church began was conceptualised around 1862 when Father George Galen was appointed parish priest.


Lake William Hovell

Lake William Hovell in the King Valley VictoriaLake William Hovell is another little discovered destination in the King Valley that is worth a visit especially for families on a warm summer’s day. The Lake is located on the King River Road approximately 18km south of Cheshunt.

Ovens River Link Wangaratta

Ovens River Link WangarattaThe Sydney Beach Suspension Bridge was officially opened on Friday 8 June 2012 by Tim McCurdy, Member for Murray Valley and various Councillors representing the Rural City of Wangaratta.

Rotary Club of Appin Park Wangaratta

Rotary Club of Appin Park WangarattaThe Rotary Club of Appin Park was admitted to Rotary International membership and District 280 on the 29th May 1972 and chartered on the 22nd June 1972.