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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wangaratta Parks & Gardens

Wangaratta is fortunate to offer a number of family orientated parks and gardens. Most are centrally located and several have significant histories to tell. There are open expanses ideal for a travelling picnic and fully equipped parks and gardens complete with picnic facilities, amenities, bbq’s and children’s playgrounds. Whether you live locally or are just visiting it is well worth spending the time to discover and enjoy the parks and gardens in 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.

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Merriwa Park WangarattaOnly minutes from the centre of Wangaratta, Merriwa Park is situated off Ryley Street. The gardens are below street level and provide a cool retreat from central Wangaratta.

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Wangaratta CommonLocated on Tone Road the Wangaratta Common is now a public grassland reserve that was once used as the Wangaratta aerodrome.

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

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North Beaches WangarattaNorth Beaches Wangaratta is one of those places that is almost secret protect from everyone but those that live there. Located along the Ovens River this secluded part of Wangaratta offers a walking and bike trail that makes the most of unspoilt the natural beauty.

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King George V Memorial GardensLocated on the corner of Ovens and Rowan Streets in the heart of Wangaratta the King George V Memorial Gardens are a wonderful central green expanse equipped with a children’s playground.

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Warby-Ovens National Park near WangarattaThe Warby Ranges is only a short drive from central Wangaratta and covers 14,655 hectares of Australian bushlands. Officially known as the Warby-Ovens National Park this protected area is home to a variety of vegetation and habitats including.

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Kaluna Park covers and area of approximately 3.7 hectares and is located only 300 metres from the Wangaratta Post Office. Kaluna Park adjoins Merriwa Park which is a well grassed area popular with local residents and visitors.

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Sydney BeachLocated at the northern end of Oven’s Street Sydney Beach is a well shaded area located on a gentle bend of the Ovens River. There is ample car parking here.

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Frank Garth ReserveAdjoining Wangaratta’s Apex Park via an under bridge path is the Frank Garth Reserve. It is a small reserve named after the late Frank Garth for his management of the Ovens and King Rivers.

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