Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 13 WANGARATTA Wangaratta is an important regional centre and home to many industries, retail and food outlets, and a wide range of cultural activities. The town's cultural precinct is located along Ford and Ovens Streets, with numerous historic buildings telling the story of the town's early years. Of particular interest is the Wangaratta Art Gallery, located in a striking heritage building. Another 'must visit' is the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre with its excellent café. Wangaratta's thriving river precinct on Faithfull Street boasts lovely restaurants and bars that make the most of the beautiful river outlook. Here you have easy access to walking and cycling tracks alongside the waterway. A scenic riverfront boardwalk provides a perfect place to walk, sit and relax. Originally inhabited by the Pangerang people, the story boards and creative landmarks along the riverbank and in local parklands tell you more of the town's history. Wangaratta and surrounds offer an abundance of green spaces, gardens and tranquil natural bushland with plenty of opportunities to lay out a picnic blanket and enjoy some of the enormous ancient trees. Cycling is a popular and easy mode of transport around town and is a great way to discover all the area has to offer. The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail weaves more than 100 kilometres through historic townships, with secrets and views in hidden valleys, unspoilt bushland and open farmland. Whether you're looking to stay in town, or you're just out exploring the region, Wangaratta has a broad range of accommodation and services to make your time in this lovely town comfortable and memorable. To find out more about Wangaratta and surrounds, drop by the Visitor Information Centre at 33-37 Ford Street or go to THINGS TO DO • Wangaratta Art Gallery • Theatre and performing arts centre • Riverfront boardwalk precinct • Walk or ride along the Ovens river • Walk the town’s historic centre streets A place to enjoy culture, history and nature Wangaratta is a lovely place to enjoy a riverside picnic. The footbridge over the Ovens River at Wangaratta provides access to the town’s vibrant café precinct. Photo: Visit Victoria