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About Wangaratta

Wangaratta is a sophisticated, yet lively, rural city. It boasts a charming town centre, complete with a wide main street, which is lined with historic buildings and busy cafes and eateries. Its location, with the beautiful Ovens River running right through town, means the peace and tranquility of a riverside view is always close by.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Wangaratta region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Wangaratta region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne

250km. Approximately a three-hour drive.


Surrounding towns




King Valley





Median house price: $285,000

Median house rent: $290 p/w

Median unit price: $175,000

Median unit rent: $230 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

With its full cultural calendar there’s always something to look forward to in Wangaratta. The Wangaratta Art Gallery hosts an interesting range of contemporary visual art exhibitions. And just next door is the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, where the program is so diverse you can enjoy everything from Shakespeare and opera, to live comedy and rock concerts. One of the year’s highlights is the world-famous Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. Held over three days in November you can catch local and international musicians in various venues all over town, with some of them playing for free in the main street.

Food and wine scene

Lovers of fine food and wine are spoilt for choice in Wangaratta. Café Derailleur is a local favourite for its delicious menu and fresh, daily house-baked breads. The Gamze Smokehouse has a fun, casual vibe that’s reminiscent of a European Beer Hall. You can even take home its tasty smallgoods, smoked on the premises, straight from the ‘Smokehouse Door’. A quick 15-minute drive out of town is Milawa, one of Australia’s oldest gourmet regions. Pop over for tantalising tastings, long lunches or fine dining experiences at The Milawa cheese factory, the Milawa Vineyard (the birthplace of the Brown Brothers label) or The Olive Shop.

Family Fun

There are playgrounds and parklands aplenty in Wangaratta, and the nearby wetlands provide a popular local camping spot. For a fun night out, there’s the Wangaratta cinema centre which even has its own bowling alley.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities

Wangaratta is home to a number of stunning nature reserves. Locals love Warby Ovens National Park, for its sweeping views over wetlands and up towards Mt Buffalo, and Merriwa Park, for its majestic redgums and manicured lawns. If you want to stay fit and healthy you can join Wangaratta’s enthusiastic local cycling group or play a range of sports at local clubs that offer first-rate facilities:

• Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre

• Wangaratta Bowls and Sports Club

• Wangaratta Golf Club

• Wangaratta and District Cricket Association

• Wangaratta Football and Netball Club


Wangaratta has a myriad of independent stores selling everything from one-off arts and crafts to fashion and homewares. A monthly farmers’ market is the place to go for the freshest, local and seasonal produce. There’s also a shopping complex in town, Co-Store, for all your other grocery and retail needs.


Served by several major highways, Wangaratta has its own railway station with regular services to Melbourne and nearby towns. Its comprehensive bus network connects it to nearby facilities making local travel easy.

Health and community services 

Wangaratta is serviced by the general practitioners at Wangaratta Medical Centre and South Wangaratta Medical Centre, as well as the local hospital – Northeast Health Wangaratta. Open Door Neighbourhood House is there to provide a friendly and welcoming environment for receiving support and learning, or just making new friends.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of 11 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Our Lady’s School (Co-ed P-6 Catholic), Wangaratta High School (Co-ed 7-12), Cathedral College Wangaratta (Co-ed P-12 Private).

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.