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.

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.

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.

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.

Wangaratta Blog

Welcome to our Wangaratta blog. This a great place to get all the latest local and regional news that has been sent to us by local community groups, businesses, event managers and tourism authorities.

Where it has been provided, readers will find news and articles on all aspects of Wangaratta including the latest news, events and festivals, business announcements, articles of interest, sporting news and special offers.

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The 2012 Youth Awards presentation ceremony was held on 14 November 2012 at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. The Awards recognise the achievements, participation and commitment of young people in the Wangaratta Community and are an initiative of the Wangaratta Rural City Council.
Read more: Rural City of Wangaratta 2012 Youth Awards

It’s ten years since the Wangaratta Art Gallery presented the first jazzART Awards and jazzART NEXT Youth Awards in support of the annual Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.

This wonderful exhibition provides an opportunity for visual artists to explore music as a theme in their work. Sixty artists will be competing for the $1000 award with a range of artworks that show an amazing diversity in style and media.  Everyone looks forward to seeing the incredible mosaic works by regular participant, the talented Aly Karazija, who incorporates mirrors, beads and stainless steel rod into her large scale creations.

Read more: jazzART 2012 AWARD EXHIBITION

Wangaratta Youth Council and Creative Youth are holding a Youth Festival to display the talents of young people and provide free activities. The Youth Festival will be held during the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, on Sunday 4 November 2012, from 9am to 4pm in the Sound Shell, Merriwa Park, in conjunction with the Jazz Markets.

Read more: Wangaratta Youth Festival to bring young people together

The Rural City of Wangaratta is pleased to announce that the Wangaratta Showgrounds will host a ‘Dreamtime’ prelude encounter between Essendon and Richmond on Saturday 2 March 2013.

“Council is absolutely delighted that the draw for this year’s NAB Cup match at the Wangaratta Showgrounds has provided two AFL heavyweights in Essendon and Richmond,” said Doug Sharp, Council’s Chief Executive Officer.

Read more: Dreamtime Prelude Match for Wangaratta in 2013

Inspired by the recent Bill Henson photography exhibition at the Wangaratta Art Gallery, seven young photographers will present large scale images that explore photography as a medium for self-expression in the Shoot Straight Youth Photography Exhibition opening on Thursday 20 September in the Gallery Workshop Space.

Read more: SHOOT STRAIGHT - Youth Photography Exhibition

An annual event since 1994, the Australian Scarf Exchange project first started when the Canberra Handweavers & Spinners Guild came up with an idea to link Australian spinning and weaving guilds with a common theme and promote more interaction between the groups that are spread across the country.
Now involving artists from outside Australia, the International Scarf Exchange is full of surprises with scarves ranging from super fine yarn superbly crafted to chunky yarn giving wonderful texture.

Read more: FIESTA – a kaleidoscope of Colour - 2012 International Scarf Exchange

The Annual Victorian Tourism Week is on again this September 3-8 and the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre will once again be participating in this State wide event.

Launching a brand new initiative, the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre will be introducing a “Wine of the Month” local wine pour concept, which will run for the entire month of September.

Read more: Wangaratta restaurants get ready for Tourism Week 2012

Wangaratta Art Gallery is pleased to present an inspiring and important exhibition of works on paper by Melbourne based sculptor and artist Bruce Armstrong.

Read more: Wangaratta Art Gallery - Bruce Armstrong 2012

The Rural City of Wangaratta was buoyed this week by news that Senator Bridget McKenzie, Senator for Victoria, would take up the fight against the Federal Governments rejection of an  application for category C assistance, under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Read more: Senator Weighs In On Disaster Relief

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