Directions: Wangaratta is 235 kilometres or just over 2.5 hours drive north of Melbourne along the Hume Highway
Start of The Great Alpine Road and the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail. With its broad main street, historic buildings and riverside parklands, Wangaratta offers all the services of a bustling rural city and the warm welcome of a traditional country town. Its country-style hospitality, range of events and attractions makes Wangaratta a popular touring hub for those exploring the region.
A short drive in any direction will lead you to world-class wineries, gourmet food, spectacular scenery and historic towns.
Time your visit to coincide with one of the city’s many memorable festivals and events. The three-day multi award winning Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, held annually in hotels, concert venues and nearby wineries, is one of the biggest jazz events in Australia.
Wangaratta is also the beginning of two unique touring routes. - Cycle or walk a section of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail, or take a scenic tour along the Great Alpine Road.
The Great Alpine Road extends from Wangaratta across the alps all the way to Bairnsdale and the Gippsland Lakes.
Things to do in Wangaratta
~ Explore Wangaratta’s many historic sites and buildings, such as the majestic Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral
~ Visit the grave of the infamous bushranger, 'Mad Dog' Morgan, at the Wangaratta Cemetery
~ Head to Power’s Lookout off the Whitfield – Mansfield Rd, where bushranger Harry Power kept watch for approaching troopers
~ Discover the city's heritage at the Wangaratta Historical Museum and Vine Hotel Cellar Museum
~ See the ever-changing art exhibitions at the Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery
~ Sample the delicious food and wine of the King Valley
~ Walk or ride along the scenic Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
~ Bushwalk in the Warby Range State Park
~ Have a picnic at Paradise Falls.
MAJOR EVENTS :
• Athletics Carnival – January
• Wangaratta Rodeo – January
• Wangaratta Rural Expo – March
• Winery Walkabout – Queen's Birthday weekend in June
• Stitched Up Festival – June/July
• The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues – November