City sophistication meets good old country hospitality in Wangaratta, a bustling rural city with an outdoor lifestyle that is also home to excellent eateries and a renowned annual jazz festival.
From snowy peaks, rolling plains and rushing rivers to rustic wineries and sparkling lakes, the High Country is a treasure trove for adventure seekers and holidaymakers alike. Gear up for a race downhill on a mountain bike track, take in panoramic views on the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing, and sample regional flavours at local cellar doors and farm gates. Need a break? Rest and recharge in quaint heritage towns and uncover the colourful history of the region.
Time your visit to coincide with one of the city's many memorable festivals and events, especially November's Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, held annually in town and at nearby wineries.Catch comedy, theatre and opera at the gleaming performing arts centre, and see the ever-changing art exhibitions at the Wangaratta Art Gallery.
Soak up the outdoor lifestyle on the banks of the Ovens River, which runs right through town, or head further afield on a camping trip to the nearby wetlands, Redgum forest and granite hills of the Warby-Ovens National Park, the ideal spot for some wilderness adventures.
You won't go hungry in Wangaratta, with its plethora of cafes and eateries. Indulge with a meal at Rinaldo's Casa Cucina, which celebrates the produce of the nearby King Valley, and cafes The PreVue and many more, with its home baked breads and pastries. Make sure you follow your appetite out of town and into Milawa and King Valley and the gourmet food, spectacular scenery and historic towns. Meet family vintners as you tour intimate, authentic wineries that continue the region's history of entrepreneurial and exciting winemaking.
Wander Wangaratta's broad main street, past historic buildings and through riverside parklands. Discover the city's heritage at the Wangaratta Historical Museum and Vine Hotel Cellar Museum.