More than six reasons to visit our big rural city

Bill O'Callaghan gives his take on Wangaratta's best attractions.
Kentmann-Soundshell
SPLENDID PARK: Merriwa Park is a beautiful retreat in the city, and is home to the Verner Kentmann Soundshell.

SOME weeks ago the Sunday Age gave six reasons why one should visit the Rural City of Wangaratta: to admire the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Wangaratta Art Gallery and the Eldorado Dredge; to enjoy a meal at Rinaldo’s restaurant and light refreshments at the Railway Café: Café Derailleur; to visit Felix Gamze’s Smokehouse.

At a dinner party, while disagreeing with one or two of the selections, a friend said she could think of no more suitable selections.

Surprised, I said without much thought I could provide another six or more.

At that stage the conversation was changed and I had no further opportunity to extol Wangaratta’s many attractions.

While convalescing for a month or so, I reflected on what the twice victorious Premier Town and the current state Tidy Town has to interest visitors, recognising that all come to see the same attractions.

For example the El Dorado dredge would not be on everyone’s must-see list, but a party of engineers was fascinated by it.

More about the dredge later.

Wangaratta is a base for connoisseurs of fine wine and food, with excellent accommodation facilities in motels, hotels, caravan parks and guest houses, and for travellers who enjoy the magnificent scenery of the North East.

The latest Wangaratta and surrounds official visitors’ guide lists 52 accommodation centres, 19 restaurants and cafes, 20 cellar doors, two breweries and 25 tourist attractions.

For many visitors the first call is to the Tourist Information Centre where abundant information, such as the Walk Through History brochure is available.

In 2009 the brochure, produced by the Wangaratta Tourist Authority, and featuring 20 story boards, won the Premier’s award for the best tourist brochure in the state.


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