Arts, Culture & History

 Bpangerang

 

Wangaratta is a vibrant centre for arts, culture, and heritage, and we are home to several galleries, museums, 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.

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).  Learn the ancient creation stories of Byamee (the creator) and immerse yourself in the plight of Mary Jane Milawa on the Bullawah Cultural Trail, a self-guided trail celebrating our local indigenous people and their stories.

Head down to Glenrowan, the site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang in 1880. The great Australian story of bushrangers and police troopers and 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.  During the same time, and with stories of bushrangers often intertwined, Eldorado and the Woolshed Valley offer another glimpse into this era.   With old miners huts, the old police station and the affectionately named 'floating monster' of the Eldorado Dredge still visible today a trip to Eldorado is not to be missed.