Wangaratta is a bustling regional centre servicing a retail catchment area of 58,000 people. The township itself is home to 17,000 people and is surrounded by Victoria's most geographically diverse and scenic region, offering an enviable lifestyle to residents and an attractive destination to visit. The rich agricultural land surrounding Wangaratta yields gourmet produce and world class wines, making the area a paradise for wine and food lovers! Nearby Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buffalo and surrounds are a skier's delight while in summer they lend themselves to the pursuits of bushwalking, fishing, cycling or four wheel driving and camping.
Wangaratta is Australia's home of jazz with the 'Wangaratta Festival of Jazz' held annually on the weekend before the Melbourne Cup being the first Tuesday in November each year. Since inception in 1990, the festival has grown to include 90 events and over 350 national and international artists performing each year. The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz also hosts the National Jazz Awards, Youth Jazz Workshops, Masterclasses and events throughout Wangaratta and surrounding wine regions.
In 1999 the festival won a National Tourism Award and was inducted into the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame. In 2000 the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz was elevated to a Victorian Hallmark Event.