Once synonymous with the fabled Kelly Gang, this charming city in Victoria’s High Country is a street art capital and appealing destination for fine food and wine. Benalla offers a dynamic mix of heritage and modern thinking set against picturesque High Country backdrops. Delve into the legend of the Kelly Gang, savour local food and wine and see the best of contemporary Australian art.
Immerse yourself in the folklore of the nation’s most legendary bushranger on the Ned Kelly Touring Route in and around Benalla. Kelly was ultimately charged in Benalla’s Old Courthouse and the Commercial Hotel served as the “Kelly hunt” police headquarters. Make the short drive to Stringybark Creek to visit the memorial to police killed in the 1878 shootout with Kelly’s gang.
Benalla has steadily been emerging as an arts and culture destination. Visit the Benalla Art Gallery, which houses an important collection of Australian art in a distinctive modernist building perched right on Lake Benalla. The city is also a destination for street art, with diverse celebrated murals and the annual Wall to Wall Festival attracting top artists from Australia and overseas.
Enjoy the great outdoors with a bushwalk in the spectacular granite terrain of the Mount Samaria State Park or a bike ride through the Winton Wetlands. In town, appreciate the tranquillity of the Indigenous Community Garden while learning about the local ecosystem and indigenous culture. The historic Benalla Botanical Gardens is home to sweeping lawns, a magnificent rose garden and a picturesque cricket ground. Near the Benalla Airport, the Gliding Club of Victoria provides lessons and top-rate facilities for glider flying.
After some exercise, relax at one of Benalla’s many local pubs and beer gardens or try fine dining at a stylish modern restaurant. Tour around the Glenrowan Wine Region to view the gorgeous scenery, taste award-winning local wines and try platters of local produce.
Drive to Benalla in just over 2 hours from Melbourne or 1 hour from Albury. It is also accessible from Melbourne by train.
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