Wangaratta is a growth town and is a well administered ‘city’, plus being a prosperous community. The town has won numerous ‘tidy town’ awards and it shows. Wangaratta is a cathedral city of almost 17,000 people in the northeast of Victoria.

Wangaratta is on the Ovens River and is the administrative centre and most populous in the Rural City of Wangaratta local government area. Wangaratta is a heritage proud city, with many old building with trust protection.

Gold was found in the surrounding area during the 1850s and this is reflected in the name of a nearby town of Eldorado where the remains of an old dredge can still be seen today. The Post Office in the area opened on 1 February 1843 as Ovens, and moved to the township and was renamed Wangaratta in 1854.

The Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals are really magnificent structures and for the size of the town quite amazing.

The other churches likewise are old buildings.

The Wangaratta Museum is near the Catholic Cathedral.

The Wangaratta War Memorial is near the Anglican Cathedral.

The Hotels are a mix of historic and modern design.

Wangaratta is great location and a day or two stop over is recommended.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course