About town and the region

A thriving regional centre, Wangaratta is home to a number of industries such as manufacturing, health services, and retail to name just a few.

With a temperate climate, diverse recreational activities and first class education from primary to university - it's no wonder so many choose to call Wangaratta home.

From a sip of award winning wines to a dollop of regional produce, you can also choose to get away from the crowd; try wetting a line, dipping a paddle, pushing the pedals or walking a trail - the only hard part is deciding what to do first.

Although your visitors would need to stay quite a while to see all the sights (and taste all the flavours), you can still help them pack plenty into a weekend or a short visit.

RETAIL THERAPY: Wander the streets and immerse yourself in the many retail shops offering individual character and charm with country hospitality.

RETAIL THERAPY: Wander the streets and immerse yourself in the many retail shops offering individual character and charm with country hospitality.

Wangaratta hosts a number of festivals and events that celebrate music, art, food and, of course, wine, while the cycling community take every opportunity to head for the nearby Warby Ovens National Park.

Some of the best holidays are those taken with family, but you can holiday at local places too, where memories are created and stories told for years to come.

Keeping the kids entertained and balancing out some quality adult time is easy. Being a regional centre, there is loads to do for the family.

From mini golf to put and glow, a movie at the cinema centre to a state of the art aquatic centre; popular activities include discovering the walking tracks, gold panning, parks and gardens walks, and golf.

Then try some retail therapy by taking the time for a little indulgence, find that gift for someone special or shop for a memento of your stay to take home.

The main shopping streets are Murphy, Reid, Ovens and Ford Streets, all of which are filled with a mix of speciality shops offering individual character and charm and a warm welcome for you, as well as high fashion, homewares, gifts and electrical goods.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

There are 3076 businesses in Wangaratta of which about 18 percent are self-employed and 35 percent are small businesses with less than 20 employees.

The good news is that our population of 29,000 residents is expected to grow on average .59 percent.

While retail trade and manufacturing jobs are a few percentage points above the average for the state at 12.5 percent.

Just over one in three of us have moved house in the past five years, but it hasn't adversely affected the local real estate market as home ownership is about six percentage points above the Victorian average.

For those who love numbers - the 10-year average annual grp growth rate to 2018 is up .38 per cent (grp is a monetary measure of the market value of all final goods and services produced in the region) and the 10-year average annual jobs growth rate to 2018 is up .62 percent.

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