The Rural City of Wangaratta is an adventure playground. With multiple National Parks nearby and the beautiful Ovens River snaking its way through the valley, there is an abundance of outdoor fun to be had.
Hiking & walking
Wangaratta is home to some of Victoria's most breath taking natural scenery. The region has a huge variety of walks, from casual bushwalks to scenic lookouts and advanced hiking options suited to all ages.
The Warby Ovens National Parks offers a range of self-guided walking trails and unparalleled views of the region. You'll see a variety of rare and beautiful wildflowers in spring. Hiking up to Morgans Lookout for sunrise or sunset
The Alpine National Park is a land of break taking views, spectacular rock formations and cascading waterfalls. Visit the stunning Paradise Falls which lives up to its name! Powers Lookout is a rocky escarpment high above the King Valley and offers stunning views across the valley.
For those looking for something a little closer to the city, the CBD has several easy walking trails. Enjoy a walk along the river to learn about the history and culture of the Bpangerang people along the Bullawah Cultural Trail. Head down to the Norther Beaches and discover picturesque nature reserves, waterways and hidden beaches.
Nothing beats swimming in fresh water on a hot summers day. The Ovens River, which runs through the CBD, is the perfect spot for the family to cool off. Lake William Hovell, located just outside of Cheshunt, is perfect for picnics, BBQs, walking, fishing and canoeing.
There are number of fruitful fishing spots in Wangaratta. Within the CBD, the Northern Beaches and Sydney Beach are the places to go. Here you can drop a line in from the river bank and be lucky to pull in a murray cod or even a trout. Grab your boat and head out on Lake William Hovell to fish the upper reaches of the King River.
Bird lovers will be attracted to the Warby-Ovens National Park due to the number of bird species that call this park home. The Warby's is one of the few places in Victoria where the turquoise parrot can be found. Migratory birds including wood-swallows, cuckoos, robins, rainbow bee-eaters, white-winged trillers, kingfishers and kurrawongs are known to visit in season.