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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Wangaratta & District Cricket AssociationThe WDCA is the local cricket competition in North East Victoria. With 14 teams in 6 grades, from U12's to A grade, the WDCA caters for all abilities and ages.

The season runs over the summer, starting in October with Grand Finals played in March.

The Head Quarters and museum is located in the Clem Fisher Pavilion at the Wangaratta Showgrounds.

History of the WDCA

Some time in the 1850's, cricket was most likely established in Wangaratta by English born Pioneers, the Docker and the Reid Family's and matches were apparently played at Bontharamboo and David Reid's property at Carraragarmungee. David Reid's youngest son, Curtis, went onto play in three inter - colonial matches for Victoria between 1869 -71. He was the first paid secretary of the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1877 at 250 pounds / year. He was also one of the umpires in the first test match ever played in Melbourne in 1877. Curtis was apparently the driving force in establishing the magnificent grandstand at the MCG in 1878.

David Reid junior was a prominent citizen in the Wangaratta area & was a member of the Victorian MLA between 1859 - 1861. David junior was later disqualified from his seat of Murray.

Other local Wangaratta matches were played on a space near the Hope Inn (Sydney Hotel) in Wangaratta near the Ovens River.

1859 - the Land's Department set aside ten acres for a cricket ground in Evans St, the same year that land was granted for Wangaratta Showgrounds. Until a turf wicket was laid at the Wangaratta Showgrounds in 1928, the "Cricket Ground" in Wangaratta was the Borough's main cricket oval and retained  it's name until the 1960's when Cr. Bill Findlay successfully moved that it be renamed the City Oval.

Wangaratta's oldest ground - The Cricket Ground - now called the W J Findlay Oval.

1860 - Did you know that the Border Post newspaper in Albury reported on a game of cricket between Wangaratta and Beechworth on Saturday, 29th December, 1860 ! -  Scores were - Wangaratta 121 and 80 defeated Beechworth 98 at Wangaratta.

1862 - The All England XI v Ovens at Beechworth. two day game. 9th & 10th January.

1862 - England Tour of Australia. George Griffith of England V's Ovens. 11th January.

1874 - East Melbourne C C v Ovens District in Wangaratta. 4th & 6th April.

1889 - 18th March, Wangaratta CC play Albury CC. Albury had made when 6/360 rain stopped play.

1890 - South Melbourne - 282 defeated Wangaratta - 111. 7th April, 1890.

1895 - First WDCA Game played - 2nd November, 1895.

1907 - First International Match in Wang - 1907/08 V's Fiji XI at what ground ?

1912 - Melbourne C C - 202 defeated Wangaratta - 101 & 9/156. 10th April, 1912

1928 - First turf wicket laid - Wang Showgrounds - 1928.

1935/36 - Footballers score a record 8 / 634 v Eldorado in Grand Final.

1937 - Charles Heavey scores 301 for Footballers V Eldorado. He hit 45 x 4's & 11 x 6's. 246 runs in boundary's, in only 188 minutes !

1947 - Whorouly - new turf wicket.

1952 - Bruck - new turf wicket.

1954 - Cricket (Rovers) Ground - new turf wicket.

1962 - Tarrawingee - new turf wicket.

1962 - Golf Links / Barr Reserve - new turf wicket.



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Copyright Information: Content reproduced from the official Wangaratta & District Cricket Accociation website with permission 5th March 2012