8.5 out of 10

Wangaratta

Ranked 2nd best suburb in Ovens-Murray
-36.3581187608678 146.309659265574
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Public Transport
  • Medical Facilities
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Nov 15, 2018

"Wonderful Wangaratta is the most beautiful town with strong growth and development"

The Merriwa park, Apex park and King George V Gardens are truly stunning during autumn. Sailing on the river is also enjoyable during the summer period. There is also an esplanade along the banks of the Ovens River that is softly lit at night and lined with cafes and restaurants. Sydney Beach is also a small strip of sandy gravel on a bend in the river where locals come to cool in the waterhole on hot days. The area also has popular breweries and pubs such as the Black Dog Brewery. The art gallery is also popular along with the outdoor ball. Wangaratta also has many sports facilities and has its own Racecourse and Showgrounds. The racetrack has recently undergone a $7 million development with a new grandstand, function area and accomodation. The new high speed regional rail will also see the 2 hour and 40 minute trip from Wangaratta to Melbourne only take 2 hours.

The hospitals are also the best in regional Victoria and have the best health professionals. The hospital has received $22m worth of development and expansion as well. The area is popular with families and has fantastic schools, tafes and nearby university. Wangaratta District Specialist School and the adjacent Appin Park Primary School are also undergoing a combined $2.2m expansion. Wangaratta High School is also getting a $5m basketball stadium.

The vibrant red and yellow tree lined shopping strip is particularly beautiful during autumn and summer. The victorian era architecture along Murphy street also is truly stunning. This is as well as the grand cathedrals which make the area very picturesque and show Wangaratta's rich history. Even the train station looks incredible with a new $5m development. Key roads go through the town with a rail line and also airport. There is also a $235 million upgrade of the Albury to Melbourne railway line through Wangaratta station. All department stores provide the essentials along with the recently revamped Coles in Wangaratta. The whole area also has NBN. Police services are good with crime low with a 6% decline in the past 12 months. Overall, a lovely lush and peaceful town with a scenic view offering expansive living.

Other developments include Wangaratta getting a $4.4m Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre. A $12m modern Quest Wangaratta apartment block is being built with a $18 million Dan Murphy's and IGA supermarket. A 2nd $10 million Greta Road Woolworths is also in planning. KIA is also coming to the area with a $1m development in 2019. St Catherine's Hostel is also undergoing a $14m development. Various solar farm projects are also in the works.

The regional town is clearly an ideal place for investment. Population growth of 1% in 2018 is the 2nd strongest in north-eastern Victoria and is supporting demand for houses. Wangaratta has been ranked highly as one of the few best country change locations for its high population, low unemployment and attractive price by CoreLogic in 2018. The town has seen its best house price growth in 2018 in the past 10 years. The 4 bedroom median house price has risen by almost $70,000 in the past 12 months alone and won't slow down. The last time this type of growth occurred was in the 2014-2015 financial year. The median house price grew by 27% from $260,000 in June 2014 to $330,000 in June 2015 (this was one of the states highest growth rates). The area is also popular with investors as in late 2017 Wangaratta properties had a gross rental yield of 7.6% being the 2nd highest in Victoria. Commercial real estate is also positive with the Wangaratta centre selling for more than $8m in 2017.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A small town with some great memories"

Wangaratta is a great town to grow up in. Its pretty safe being a small town. As a kid we could play outside, out the front without having to worry about being abducted or ran over. The town got better once the local cinema was put in. The more shops that opened the better it was. It's a great place to raise a family with really good schools. A lot of 19+ yr olds move to Melbourne or even Albury after schools out as there isn't as many job prospects there as in the city. They move for uni then usually work for a few years in the city. A lot move back to Wangaratta to have their own kids. It's a peaceful place with nice parks and walk tracks. The traffic is very mild, it took me less than 5 mins to get to work compared to 1/2 an hour to an hour and a half in Brisbane!
Pros
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Nice locals
  • Less traffic
Cons
  • Less jobs than the city, less opportunity
  • Not as much things to do as in the city
  • Less shops, higher prices due to less competition
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A vibrant community with everything"

If you are seeking a place to work, raise a family or retire in, with loads of natural beauty, civic pride, and community spirit, consider Wangaratta as a place that has it all. Opportunities for healthy recreation abound for young and old, including scenic cycling/walking trails, shady river beaches and great swimming spots, and well maintained parks and playgrounds. Wangaratta also offers countless cafes and restaurants for those who like dining out, nearby snowfields for skiers, and access to some of Australia's best vineyard cellar doors and gourmet food producers. Why limit the good life to holidays?
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Well populated city with a great vibe"

A cathedral city with a population of 16,000, Wangaratta is located at the junction of the Ovens and King rivers and near to Falls Creek and Mount Hotham snowfields. An urban area which has been home to famous residents including Nick Cave, author Isobelle Carmody and Aussie Rules footballers Steve Johnson, Ben Reid and Alipate Carlile, Wangaratta is an ideal location for professionals and families. Home to a number of local radio stations as well as three secondary schools, two colleges, two TAFE campuses and three high school campuses, Wangaratta is also a popular sporting town and plays host to various football clubs, cricket clubs, golf courses, a horse racing club and a greyhound racing club. This northern Victorian town hosts the annual Wangaratta Festival of Jazz which attracts thousands of people every year. Train services run to Sydney and Melbourne from this area and there is a small regional airport as well as several bus services.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

Unranked Streets in Wangaratta

"7min to CBD"
-36.3607237824 146.3110668147
"The most beautiful lush tree lined street with rich historical architecture"
-36.354101914 146.3285657594

Grace Court

3.5/5
"Great areabut be very carefull for high school education."
-36.35034 146.29082

Rowan Street

4.5/5
"Tree-lined street with views of the mountain"
-36.3513083667 146.3153288528

Baker Street

4.5/5
"Beautiful baker st is covered in grand trees with lovely scenergy"
-36.35413 146.32262

Ely Street

4.5/5
"The trees are very grand and stunning in autum and summer"
-36.35663 146.32601

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