Wangaratta sits at the heart of Victoria’s High Country, with easy access to world class nature, cycling, food & wine experiences which our region is renowned for.
Make sure you take some time when you are in Jazz country to explore and discover some of this beautiful region. Here are some highlights:
1. Take a journey down Prosecco Road
Since 2000, when Otto Dal Zotto planted the first Prosecco vines in the King Valley, five other local winemakers have begun producing the sparkling Italian wine. Together they have created Prosecco Road , a sensational food and wine trail celebrating the best of the rustic Italian dining experience.
2. Pedal to Produce
Pedal 15km (one way) from Wangaratta into the heart of the Milawa Gourmet Region , hopping from cellar door to farmgate to provedore to work the tastebuds as well as your legs! Collect a picnic as you go, or pull up the bike for a luscious lunch at Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre (where you can also borrow a bike for free), The Milawa Cheese Company or Sam Miranda Winey.
3. Get into the Spring Swing
Stretch your long weekend and take a drive to historic Rutherglen on Monday the 31st of October for Spring Swing and enjoy a day filled with award-winning wines, gourmet food, live music and incredible one-off events. With a range of back vintage tastings, master-classes, dining events, and live jazz and blues music.
4. Discover an infamous Australian icon
Glenrowan is a focal point for anyone interested in the Kelly legend. In 1880 Ned Kelly was captured at the Glenrowan Inn after a bloody battle, bringing his bush ranging days to an end. Kate’s Cottage museum and the multi-media Glenrowan Tourist Centre tell the story of Ned’s life and battles and serves as a launching pad to track Ned’s story throughout the region, along the Kelly trail.
5. Pop in for some pop up art
Just a short stroll from the jazz precinct you’ll find Wangaratta Art Gallery, a significant regional art gallery featuring art from the North East region, in-house curated exhibitions as well as some fantastic travelling exhibitions. Over the festival weekend you can catch the National Gallery of Australia’s photographic exhibition Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain as well as the pop up art event Paint Presto.