The city of Wangaratta is located in Victoria’s north-east between Benalla and Wodonga, on the road to Sydney. The Ovens River runs through the town.
Wangaratta’s first people were the Pangerang people. The name Wangaratta is actually derived from their indigenous language – ‘Wonga’ meaning resting place of the long neck wonga (cormorant) and ‘ratta’ meaning meeting place of the river.
The first settler arrived in the area in 1838. By the mid 1850’s the town had grown due to the area’s gold rush, leading to the building of many historic buildings, some of which still stand today. Steam trains connecting the town in the early 1870’s also led to an increase in population.
These days, Wangaratta’s main industries are farming, manufacture and tourism. The town is a central hub to the surrounding food and wine regions of Glenrowan, King Valley and Beechworth. The Milawa Gourmet region is also an attraction with producers of specialty cheese, bread and fresh produce. There are also National Parks, wetlands and waterways close by, popular with cyclists, nature lovers, walkers, campers and bird watchers.
Wangaratta has a number of accommodation options.
The University of Melbourne has affordable student accommodation available to all health students. More information can be found here.
Northeast Health Wangaratta also have some student accommodation available as well. Please contact the health service directly for any accommodation they may have available for students.
There are many other accommodation options in Wangaratta, from Cabins at the Caravan Parks to reasonably priced hotels. See the following websites for more information.
The following websites provide a little more information about the Wangaratta township and region:
Food, Coffee and Meeting Spots
Need a caffine hit, a bite to eat or somewhere nice to catch up with friends? Here are a few local cafes and eateries:
This cafe is located across the road from the railway station and a perfect stroll for some fresh air from the hospital.
This space is frequented by hospital staff and students. Be sure to check out the quirky courtyard out the back.
A perfect little corner cafe to grab a quick coffee or a scrumptious and healthy bite to eat. Located in the main area of town.
Cafe the PreVue
Set overlooking the Oven’s River this is the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday brunch, lunch with friends or sun yourself while enjoying something from the menu.
The Precinct Bar & Restaurant
The Precinct Bar and Restaurant has a buzzing vibe. Sit inside, grab a lounge in the relaxed bar area or sit outside and enjoy the magical views of the Ovens River and boardwalk. Meals are reasonably priced.
Flown The Coop
A great little spot to enjoy tapas, sushi, local craft beer, wine or cocktail in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Wangaratta Young Professionals often meet up here, and Kelley has created friendly, safe & welcoming LBGTI establishment.
A great relaxed spot to enjoy a pizza, tacos, burgers or something off Kelley’s specials menu. Vegetarians are well catered for. Local craft beers are also on the menu. Also owning Flown The Coop, Kelley creates welcoming LBGTI friendly spaces.
The Malt Shed
Newly opened, the Malt Shed brews their own and also stocks a range of other local craft beers.
The menu will give you plenty of opportunity from burgers, ribs, plenty of things to share and a range of other options.
Student Groups and Social Activities
Moovin’ Health is a Rural Health Club run by the students at the University of Melbourne Rural Clinical School and is open to all health students from all universities and disciplines. Based in Shepparton, Bendigo, Echuca, Ballarat and Wangaratta. It is a diverse club that aims to strengthen ties between medical and allied health students and our local communities while promoting opportunities in rural health.
Wangaratta Young Professionals
Wangaratta also has an active Young Professionals group who meet regularly for social activities. You can connect with the Young Professionals group via Facebook here.
Or copy and past the following into your browser:https://www.facebook.com/groups/427476240635704/
See a live performance at the Performing Arts Centre
LBGTI Friendly Groups and Meet Ups
Head across to one of the following groups to see what activities are happening locally.
Thanks to Mattinbgn from Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.