The north east of victoria is renowned for its natural beauty, and for its abundance of world-class winemakers and artisan producers, stunning villages and historic towns.
Wangaratta lies at the heart of the region, with Glenrowan, Beechworth and Rutherglen only minutes’ drive away, and the snow just an hour and a half by road. The celebrated Milawa Gourmet Region and historic Brown Brothers winery, is on our doorstep, and the King Valley, known as “a little slice of Italy” just a few kilometres further down the road. Wangaratta Festival of Jazz is held on the weekend before the Melbourne Cup each November, and features performances by over 350 international and Australian artists.
Wangaratta’s road, rail and air links make it the ideal location from which to explore the region.
Wangaratta is the natural base for visitors wanting accommodation whilst they visit Victoria’s High Country – a region rich in history, outdoor activities, viticulture and gastronomy. We encourage you to explore the region by day, and come back to our hotel, relax in the sauna or spa, sharpen your appetite in our lounge and then enjoy a memorable dining experience in restaurant Atrium.
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King Valley, just half an hour from Wangaratta by road, has a long history of Chinese and Italian migration, but more recently, it’s the vines brought from Italy that have earned it the moniker “a little slice of Italy”. The Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbera styles, and the valley’s altitude, have earned King Valley its reputation for uniquely-flavoured, memorable wines. At restaurant Atrium, one of our signature aperitifs is the King Valley Prosecco.
Needing no introduction as the site of Ned Kelly’s last stand, Glenrowan deserves equal fame for its full-bodied reds, fragrant whites and delicious fortified wines. The sweeping views from the Warby Ranges over Lake Mokoan are a rich reward for bushwalkers and birdwatchers.
Beechworth represents the history of gold mining in Victoria, but it’s also closely associated with Ned Kelly and his gang. It has museums commemorating both of these links, as well as galleries and an array of speciality stores and providores.
A mere half hour’s drive from Wangaratta, Rutherglen is the hub of Australia’s oldest wine-growing region. Another old gold-rush town, Rutherglen’s determination to preserve its heritage makes it a richly rewarding destination for visitors.
Milawa Gourmet Region
It’s a bold town that claims the title “Gourmet Region”, but Milawa more than lives up to its promise. Brown Brothers have their famous Epicurean Centre, and a cluster of nearby family owned businesses produce cheese, olives, mustard and, of course, wine. Milawa Gourmet Region is right on Wangaratta’s doorstep.
Just an hour by road, Lake Hume is one of the world’s biggest dams. It boasts sailing, water-skiing and swimming. Anglers prize it for its stocks of trout, Murray cod, silver and golden perch.
The largest wetlands restoration project in the Southern Hemisphere, the Winton Wetlands brings people, groups and communities together to renew themselves, the landscape and their passion for the great outdoors.
Located in north east Victoria, the site features 3,800 Ha of wetlands surrounded by over 4,950Ha of redgum and box grassy woodland and is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, including over 180 species of birds.
Key regional events
Boasting a full calendar of regional events, be sure to time your holiday with one of the many sporting, cultural or food and wine festivals held throughout the year. Each month the region is action packed with a number of events on offer from farmers markets to food and wine dinners, gallery showcases and live shows at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.
Local favourites include:
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