Wangaratta features a large commercial centre, primarily based along the attractive thoroughfare of Murphy Street and extending into adjacent Reid Street.
Wangaratta's cultural precinct is located along Ford Street and Ovens Street and includes notable landmarks such as the towering Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral (built between 1908 and 1909), St Patricks Church (construction commenced in 1865), the Wangaratta Art Gallery (former Presbyterian church which was built between 1898 and 1899), and the modern Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.
Wangaratta boasts a number of attractive parks and gardens within the town centre. Enjoy walks along the Ovens River and through the delightful Apex Park, spend time in the central English-style King George V Gardens, or retreat to the tranquil sunken gardens of Merriwa Park which are surrounded by waterways and feature a lagoon, fernery and bush walking paths. For a swim, visit Sydney Beach which is accessible from the eastern end of Ovens Street, and is situated at a sandy bend near a weir on the Ovens River.
Wangaratta is situated within an easy drive of major attractions in the area including the vast number of wineries around Rutherglen and the gourmet food and wine region around Milawa, Oxley and Tarrawingee.
Wangaratta is at the northern end-point of the Great Alpine Road which traverses the Great Dividing Range and passes through the all year round holiday town of Bright, the alpine resort of Mount Hotham, the remote Snowy Mountains town of Omeo, and finally ending up at the large East Gippsland regional city of Bairnsdale, over 300 kilometres away.