Arts, Culture & History
Wangaratta is a vibrant centre for arts, culture, and heritage, and we are home to several galleries, festivals, and events throughout the year.
Immerse yourself in a vibrant and exciting calendar of events. Enjoy festivals celebrating our food and wine, experience the remarkable Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues or learn something new at the Off-Grid Living Festival, Australia's biggest sustainability event. There is something for everyone in Wangaratta.
We are proud of our cultural, social, natural and built heritage.
For thousands of years the Wangaratta area was home to the Bpangerang People. ‘Wangaratta’ is the Bpangerang word for the long neck cormorant. ‘Wanga’- meaning long neck, and ‘Ratta’ meaning cormorant. These birds are a common sight on our two beautiful rivers, the Torryong (Ovens) & Poodumbia (King).
Immerse yourself on the Bullawah Cultural Trail, a self-guided trail celebrating our local indigenous people and their stories.
Or head down to Glenrowan, the site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang in 1880. Their great Australian story is preserved through the township and can be easily explored via a self-guided tour, taking all the key sites of their historic last siege.