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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

The birth of a new club in Wangaratta came about through the generosity of the Rotary Club of Wangaratta in ceding territory for the new club to conduct its business within its own territorial limits.

The Rotary Club of Appin Park since its foundation has always enjoyed wonderful fellowship and friendship and has been very progressive in all the aspects of Rotary service.

The many projects over the years within the local, national and international areas of interest, have allowed the club to participate in such programs as youth exchange, The Rotary Foundation, youth development, vocational, international and community activities.

During the Rotary year 2007/2008 the club adopted the leadership plan, which aimed at creating more leadership positions and streamlining board activities, which has proved to be successful in club development and during 2008/2009, the club made application to Rotary International to change the club name from the Rotary Club of Appin Park to the Rotary Club of Appin Park Wangaratta. Rotary International has since approved this action.

The club through its membership has served on a number of district committees and as well as the Rotary International level and it has hosted a district conference together with a number of district assemblies.

We have a membership of about 30 professional people and business owners who are active in our Wangaratta community. Our annual trailer raffle provides funds for local needs such as our support for the family impacted by cancer.  We also support international projects such as our Friends of Lacluta in Timor Leste.Appin Park Rotary is involved with:

Rotary projects: Youth Science Study, Young People and Group Study Exchange, Probus Clubs, Rotary overseas visits, Community Projects, Rotary Park. Community Projects: Computers 4 Kids, helping at local events with catering, etc.

We provide personal development through Rotary activities.Appin Park Rotary meets weekly on Thursday evening, 6pm for 6.30pm for fellowship and a meal at the Wangaratta Club, 4 Victoria Parade. We meet at other venues, travel to visit work places, and spend a lot of our time helping in the community.



Rotary Club of Appin Park Wangaratta