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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Box-ironbark, Redgum, wetlands and the Ovens River are all features

There are a number of locations for family picnics such as Ryan’s Lookout, Briens Gorge Falls, The Forest Camp and Pine Gully. Most have picnic table. There are good opportunities to try your hand at fishing, a spot of camping, walking, bike riding or even prospecting.

The Warby Ranges is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna with Mugga Ironbarks, Spurwinged Wattle and the striking Austral Grass Tree. There is plenty of wildlife but much of it is nocturnal. That being said be on the lookout for Swamp Wallabies and Eastern Grey Kangaroos during the day. As evening falls you may also be lucky to see squirrel gliders, powerful owls and lace monitors.

There is a good selection of walking tracks to suck most levels of fitness but be aware that they all involve steps, uneven surfaces and rocks. Some of the popular tracks include Morgan’s Lookout, Friends Track. Kwat Kwat Lookout, SalisburyWalk, SunriseWalk and Pangarang Lookout Walk. Be sure to take a hat, sunscreen and bottle of water for each person.

The signage from the roadside is often hard to see so you and your map reader will need to be vigilant and lookout for landmarks. Parks Victoria has produced and excellent and informative brochure on the Warby-Ovens National Park which is available online. The Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre also usually has a good supply available.