Wangaratta Things to Do
The Bishop's Lodge is a Federation Queen Anne style building from 1904. My view of the building was through the gates and over a low point in the fence. It is a double storey brick building with tall chimneys, several small finials and a beautiful filigree lace- work verandah.The building has 6 bedrooms and 7 main rooms and a weatherboard chapel...more
Located beside Holy Trinity Cathedral are some nice gardens which were designed by local residents in 1924.The Memorial garden has a Boer War Memorial, a small basalt obelisk set on four short columns on a plinth, with inscriptions on white marble. The WWI monument is a granite column surmounted by a globe, standing on a granite plinth. Since WWI,...more
Where-ever I walk in Wangaratta I find heritage listed buidings. I am at 2 -22 Reid street and looking at the Pinsent Hotel lunch menu at the bargain price of $13.95. I was surprised to learn this was not always a Hotel, but built and used as a private hospital in the early 1850s, and was one of the first brick buildings in the new township of...more
On my walk along Murphy street I came to a cross-road with some interesting corner buildings. One was Irvings Chambers, a large corner building thought to be built in the 1840s, making it one of the first substantial buildings in Murphy Street. Built in Art Deco style it has an unusual tower from the early 1860's. On the opposite corner was an...more
The interior contains a white marble pulpit, a number of fine stained glass windows and two organsOne of the organs is circa 1845-46 by Bevington & Sons, thought to be the oldest surviving Bevington & Sons organ in Australia and is almost certainly the oldest church organ to survive in Victoria in an intact state. The organ has an attractive Gothic...more
The HolyTrinity Cathedral Bell Tower is quite distinct. Built out of timber and steel in 1983 as a temporary tower, it is still standing today. I wonder if it will ever be replaced, perhaps not as it is part of the Cathedral now.In the tower are 9 bells. At the top is an Angelus bell, and half-way down hang eight magnificent bells which were cast...more
Trinity Church, the first Anglican Church in Wangaratta, once stood where this beautiful Cathedral now stands. The impressive Holy Trinity Cathedral is located in an area known as Cathedral Close. The Close, established in 1939, has a curving road to the west and south of the Cathedral on which a number of houses were built along its length between...more
Wangaratta has some lovely parks, probably Merriwa park was my favourite. Situated on the edge of the CBD, I found I could walk down the hill to the park, or drive my car to the parking area .Originally named “Merriwa Gardens”, the name Merriwa is thought to be an aboriginal term meaning “rich flat ground at the bend of a river,” just what it is....more
The Wangaratta Railway Station is heritage listed because it's the only remaining intact example of a major bi-chromatic brick structure on the V-Line rail network. Evidently is was built in the style of a 'St Arnaud' (Victorian country town) style of railway station, a classical "u" shaped design with verandahs and a refreshment room, pretty well...more
When I saw this gorgeous Neo-Romanesque architecture., I had not idea it was originally a Presbyterian church from 1899, the second church of that denomination in Wangaratta. When the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches amalgamated to become the Uniting Church, the building was no longer required as a place of worship, so the Council bought and...more
A change from looking at historic buildings was seeing the modern Performing Arts Centre that opened in 2009. Built in contemporary architecture it can seat 520 people. You can come here to the in-house café (Intermezzo) which is open 7 days a week for Breakfast and Lunch and in the evenings when performances are on.Check out this link for upcoming...more
The Wangaratta museum building happened to be on my heritage walk as it is located in heritqage listed W.H. Edwards building that used to be a Fire Station.I didn't go to the Museum and if you wish to, you need to be aware opening hours are only on a Sunday afternoon or by appointment. It didn't bother me as I have been to plenty of these museums...more
Located next to St. Patrick's church is the convent precinct where a beautiful old building which was once St. Patrick's presbytery was converted into St. Joseph's convent when 4 Brigidine sisters came to Wangaratta from Ireland in 1887.The sisters and teachers provided primary and secondary education to the children of Wangaratta. Today this...more
St Patrick’s Catholic Church, is located in the centre of Wangaratta, on the main intersection of Ford and Ryley streets. In 1865, planning of this new church began but it wasn't until 1866 the foundation stone was laid and blessed by the Roman Catholic Bishop. William Wardell, one of Australia's most famous architects designed this beautiful...more
Along Murphy street is the lovely Post and Telegraph building which was built in stages between 1870 & 1880. There's a plaque on the front remembering three postal workers who died fire fighting in 1943. It is no longer used as a Post Office, that has moved and instead it is used as a coffee shop and by other retail outlets. Nearby is Glasgow...more
Heading down Faithfull Street (named after one of the early settlers in Wangaratta) I came across the large art-deco Court House. It was built in 1938 so isn't that old compared to many other buildings in Wangaratta.. It is still used as a court house, and is one of the city’s most photographed buildings.The building is listed by the National...more
Your in luck if you enjoy walking as the city of Wangaratta has some good cycling/walking trails to follow, you don't have to do the whole walk if your not up to it.I liked the Ovens River precinct, a $3.3 million project which included a town square, riverside boardwalk and promenade with state-of-the-art lighting. I enjoyed the promenade walk...more
The Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre is located in the main street, in the beautiful old historic Library building. Inside I found heaps of free brochures and nice friendly staff.This is an excellent centre with a good array of gifts, local produce and displays. If you happen to love a glass of wine, then check out the display of local wine...more
55-59 Parfitt Road, Wangaratta, 3677, Australia
Good for: Solo
29-37 Ryley Street
Good for: Families
I had a business meeting until 9pm and didn't want to drive back to Melbourne. I looked on wotif and...more
Morning tea time and I am on the look-out for a Bakery as I didn't have breakfast. Walking along Appin street I came across the Appin street Bakery. The exterior of the shop had the lead light windows but the interior was a large open modern space, ready for crowds of people.Looking in the display cabinet I found it hard to choose from the large...more
This is without doubt the best restaurant in Wangaratta. It doesn't matter when you go, whether it is busy or you are the only customers, the food and service are magnificent. It is slightly more expensive than a counter meal at one of the local hotels, but it is certainly worth it. I have tried and really enjoyed their seafood and steak , and...more
The food here, either dine-in or takeaway, is excellent, although expensive. It is a BYO wine and Licensed Restaurant that has magnificent pizzas and pasta. They also do Australian meals but why get this when you can have great Italian. Service can be slow on a busy night, or sometimes you can be the only customers, it makes no difference to the...more
PARKING YOU CAR IN WANGARATTA
Finding a car-park in Wangaratta for our car and caravan wasn't difficult at all. We found a street very close to the CBD with free parking.
What I didn't have at the time, was the FREE MAP which shows all available locations around the centre of Wangaratta. It is colour coded and gives the times allowed and indicates if you have to pay for parking. I have listed this under "website" as it is a very helpful map.
Wangaratta offers an extensive range of parking spaces, luckily we found several free street parking places that we could park our extra long vehicle.
You must check, as I noticed there are time limits on many varying from 15 minutes to all day parking. You must not park in a designated wheel-chair/Disability park unless you have a current disability parking permit.
Loading Zones often can be used on weekends, check the times and days on the signpost before parking there.
Instead of a separate parking meter in each parking bay, there is a box located centrally. A number will be located on your parking bay, enter this number first into the meter, then insert coins. The meter will then display how much time is remaining for your bay. You pay for how-ever long you wish to park there.
Wangaratta Off The Beaten Path
DRIVE THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD
Wangaratta is the beginning or end of the scenic Great Alpine Road. This is a wonderful drive with takes you through some of Australia's best mountain scenery.
We did this 308km route from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale in April 2015.
Beginning at Wangaratta we travelled towards Bright passing by fairly flat agricultural land where cattle and sheep grazed, vineyards and orchards grew. At Myrtleford we saw Tobacco Kilns, these are no longer used.
Near Bright, the mountains are covered in snow in winter, the most prominent being Mt Feathertop, Victoria's second highest peak. Bright is a pretty town that holds an annual Autumn Leaves festival.
Continuing on, the next small town is Harrietville, from here the road becomes extremely windy as we begin climbing to the top of the mountains. The views are grand of the ever-deepening valleys, thousands of dead white trees line the mountains which from the distance look like snow..
Finally, we arrive at Mt Hotham is where plenty of ski resorts are, in April it was dead!
It's downhill all the way now, still windy but not as bad as what we had just come up. The panorama is wonderful from up here!
We pass by the alpine village of Dinner Plain and drive past occasional farms to Omeo. Omeo is a historic gold mining town which I quite liked. Omeo and the surrounding plains are around 700 meters above sea level - still high country, and subject to occasional winter snow.
Still going down, we pass through another gold rush town to eventually come out on the main highway at Bairnsdale.
This is a drive with outstanding scenery which could be done in a day, but doing it in a day wouldn't do it justice! The towns have all types of accommodation, so make the drive 2 - 3 days, relax and enjoy!
The Great Alpine Road is sealed and is open all year unless temporarily closed during snowfalls.
During the official ski season (June - early October) it is law that you must carry chains.
It is not worth doing this drive on a cloudy, foggy or wet day as you will miss the scenery and it will be a dangerous drive
Even without ice or snow it is a drive to be treated with respect.Related to:
- Road Trip
Wangaratta Sports & Outdoors
MURRAY TO MOUNTAINS RAIL TRAIL
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail links the townships of Wangaratta, Beechworth, Myrtleford, Porepunkah and Bright. It's a 94 km bitumen walking/cycling trail that takes you through valleys nestled amongst some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Australia.
We saw many people riding along this trail and wished we had put our Bikes in, next time we will!
The gentle gradient that makes it suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. There are plenty of places where you can stay along the way.
We met a husband and wife who take cycling tours along this trail, so you could do this or do your own thing.
The Wangaratta Visitor Information centre has information on this trail and a map.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking