Park in the centre of Wangaratta

Mural beside Lake Benalla

Ned Kelly Statue - Glenrowan

Historic precinct - Beechworth


Bushranger Country is that section of Victoria in the mid north where the notorious Ned Kelly Gang roamed robbing banks and travellers until they were eventually killed or captured in a seige at Glenrowan. The area abounds with sites and memorabilia related to the gang, especially its leader, and at Glenrowan there is a large statue and a museum to visit. At Beechworth there is a cell where Kelly was held captive, and at Euroa is the site where the gang held up an hotel.
Their activities reached as far north as Jerilderie in New South Wales but their main activities centred around this area.

  • See story on the Kelly Gang.
    The region is not only bushranger history. At Benalla you can visit the memorial to 'Weary' Dunlop, humanitarian doctor and Japanese Prisoner of War at Changi who ministered to prisoners in the camp during World War 2. earning great respect and affection.
    Beechworth is also noted for its historic buildings and the precinct around the Beechworth Gaol is among Victoria's most significant historic sites. There is also a renowned bakery in the town attracting gourmets form near and far.
    Yackandandah is a short drive north and the Murray River town of Wodonga is an ideal place for cruising and exploring Australia's longest river.
    The region is bounded to the east by the Alpine High Country and a short drive will take you into the snow country. From Wangaratta you can return to Melbourne over the alps along the Great Alpine Road to Bairnsdale when the road is open to conventional vehicles. A magnificent round trip taking in the Alpine High Country.

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  • Beechworth
  • Benalla
  • Chiltern
  • Euroa
  • Glenrowan
  • Wangaratta
  • Wodonga
  • Yackandandah