Easter proves sweet success

Camping, wineries, prove a hit with families
Miranda Chestney-Law and Josh and Jarrod Chestney try their hand at bocce. PHOTOS: Luke Plummer

THE Easter long weekend has confirmed its place on the calendar as one of the region’s busiest with an influx of thousands of visitors to local events and attractions.

“It was a hugely successful weekend,” enthused Rural City of Wangaratta tourism development coordinator, Emma Keith, yesterday.

“We’re still collating the numbers to compare to last year but anecdotally there was quite a lot of activity throughout the region which seems to have been highly successful across the board.”

Ms Keith said the good weather played its part with locals joining visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, especially camping and attending the special events presented by local wineries.

“The feedback on social media has been very positive with many posts saying how people can’t wait to come back again and how much they enjoyed themselves,” she said.

“It was a perfect lead-up to our next major event, the High Country Harvest Festival in May, which has events and activities over 10 days throughout the region.”

The Jones family from Wangaratta.

Matt and Clare Knight from Wangaratta at Brown Brothers.

Troy, Ryley, Bailan, Clint and Bec Dalton from Wangaratta.

The Reeves family from Macedon.

Jenny and Len Coulton from Newcastle.

The market at Brown Brothers Winery.

Olivia Gearon and Isabelle Conyers from Melbourne in the Easter Egg Hunt at Brown Brothers.

Punters enjoy the surrounds at Dal Zotto Wines.

Miranda Chestney-Law and Josh and Jarrod Chestney try their hand at bocce. PHOTOS: Luke Plummer

Jesse Horswill, Rebecca Ludbrook, Pedro de Paula, Vicki Ledergerber, Jessica Sauzier and Mark Harvey.

Sue and Neil Shoebridge from Sydney at Dal Zotto Wines.

The Frost and Lee families: Abby, Maya, Robbie, Sheridan, Mark, Chris, Cathy, Lou, Darby and Sada.

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