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.

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.

Useful Links

The following websites provide a little more information about the Wangaratta township and region:

Northeast Health Wangaratta:

Moovin Health
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.

going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Wangaratta. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



For more information and general enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791




Thanks to Mattinbgn from Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.