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.

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.

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.

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.

Historic Wangaratta Buildings

Despite the demolition of numerous historic buildings and significant structures in recent years, Wangaratta is still home to some of the most impressive structures in north east Victoria. There are some grand old homes, commercial properties and unique structures that allude to Wangaratta’s past and its evolution. There is a good self guided tour pamphlet available from the Wangaratta Visitors Information Centre that highlights a trail through the centre of town and some of the more significant buildings.

Wangaratta Railway StationWangaratta Railway Station was opened on 28th October as a terminus on the Benalla line. There was an extension to Wodonga which was opened on 21 November 1873. 

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Solicitors OfficeLocated on Reid Street this building was originally a part of the Commercial Hotel complex and occupied the intersection of Murphy and Reid Streets from 1855 for 114 years.

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Water TowerThis is the second water tower built on the site. The first had a short existence. Erected in 1924, the concrete tower crashed to the ground a year later.

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Located on the corner of Docker and Mackay streets in Wangaratta this is the second house to be constructed at this the site. The first dates back to around 1856.

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Located on Ovens Street near the Exhibitions Gallery, Averleigh is a historic Wangaratta property located on Ovens Streetand built in 1887 for a Mr Pinkerton a well known businessman and Mayor for the Borough of Wangaratta. From the early 1920's until 1995 the property was owned by the Callander Family, of Callenders and Forers Big Store, at one time, one of the largest employers of the town. 

 

St Patrick’s ChurchLocated in the centre of town on the main intersection at Ford and Ryley Streets, St Patricks Church began was conceptualised around 1862 when Father George Galen was appointed parish priest.

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Bishop's Lodge WangarattaThe Bishop's Lodge is located at the intersection of Mackay and Ovens Streets. It was built in 1904 and was originally known as Bishop's Palace and is set amidst expansive gardens.

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Holy Trinity Cathedral WangarattaThe most imposing building in Wangaratta. The Cathedral was built in stages, with most of the granite coming from the nearby Warby Ranges.

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Located on Ryley Street, Delany Chapel was built in 1929. The stunning convent chapel cost to £4,000 to build. There is a marble altar, statues, pedestals, organ and Stations of the Cross. Undoubtedly one of the most impressive features is the stained glass windows.

 

W.H. Edwards MuseumThe old Wangaratta Fire Station was built in 1895 and is located in Ford Street. Today it is home to the W.H.Edwards Museum and the Wangaratta Historical Society.

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Pinsent HotelThe Pinsent Hotel at the top end of Reid Street was originally a private hospital. During the 1850’s land sales Dr Gemmell bought the allotment and built the first hospital in the district.

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Wangaratta Exhibitions GalleryLocated on Ovens Street the Wangaratta Exhibitions gallery was originally the town’s Presbyterian Church and dates back to 1899. It was the second Presbyterian Church to be built in Wangaratta.

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