The Ovens Riverside Precinct is a popular spot to either sit in one of the many cafes enjoying coffee or sipping a wine by twilight before dining with friends. The magestic river gums and sparkling water by moonlight is simply magical. No wonder it's become one of the hottest places to go out for drinks or dinner with friends!
During summer the river is a refreshing place to take a dip, walk your dog along the shared paths and swing bridges, cast a line or paddle a kayak. Don't own your own Kayak? No worries, local expert tour guides River Tribe Adventures offer a number of experiences ranging from 1-2 hour paddles to multi-day packages.
One spot to go to is The Northern Beaches on the Ovens River. The site is 600 meters north of Wangaratta along the Wangaratta-Yarrawonga Rd. You turn right at Phillipson St and then right again at College St and go past Galen College. At the end of College St is Northern Beaches. Here you can drop a line in from the river bank and be lucky to pull in a Murray Cod or even a Trout.
The Sydney Beach is another place to visit and is located in the city of Wangaratta. It is behind the Sydney Hotel, just down from the roundabout at Templeton St and Ovens St. There is a good car park there, and the access to the riverbank is easy with a gentle approach. Here again, you can catch some trout.
Another spot to go to is the Ovens & King River junction which is near the Water Board and the Pioneer Cemetery (in Faithfull St). As you go out of Wangaratta on the bridge over the Ovens River, turn directly right into Frank Garth Reserve and you are at the location. This area is suited to fishing from the bank. You can catch Murray cod, golden perch and redfin.
If you would like to venture out from Wangaratta, cross over the Ovens river (past the Frank Garth Reserve), turn right onto the Great Alpine Highway and travel east for about 20.5 km. You should turn right onto the Markwood-Everton Rd, and travel for about 1.5 kms before you get to the spot known as the Pioneer Bridge’s Camp on the Ovens River. It is a popular fishing and camping area just by the bridge. You can fish from the bank or put a canoe in, but there is no boat ramp here. Again, you can catch Murray cod and trout.
Visit the Department of Environment and Primary Industries fishing website. You’ll find good maps and details of fishing spots on the Ovens as well as King River with GPS co-ordinates listed.