Benalla is a bustling rural city located on the Broken River, surrounded by lush farmland and speckled with lavish rose gardens. The area is known for its waterfront activities provided around Lake Benalla, botanical gardens and historic buildings.
Things to do
For a day out in nature, visit the Benalla Botanic Gardens, built around a large recreational oval. Take a photograph next to the prominent Edward “Weary” Dunlop sculpture, stroll through the famous Rose Gardens and check out the soldier’s memorial from 1922.
Looking for a dose of culture? Head to the Benalla Art Gallery, located on the shore of Lake Benalla. Browse a wide selection of artwork by Australian artists, including Arthur Streeton and Albert Tucker. Visit the gallery containing Sidney Nolan's tapestry “Siege at Glenrowan” to learn more about the Kelly Gang.
For insight into the region’s history, stop by the Visitor Information Centre, which contains the Costume and Kelly Museum. You can see displays of costumes from 1770 to present day, a miniature house exhibition and a collection of items relating to Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop.
For a unique experience, spend an afternoon browsing the Benalla Ceramic Mural Garden. Situated on the shore of Lake Benalla, this ceramic and terracotta exhibition features a viewing platform, an amphitheatre, a thongophone and lovely manicured surroundings.
Benalla is less than 200 kilometres outside Melbourne, which takes almost 2.5 hours via car or train from Southern Cross Station. The Benalla Bus Line runs routes east and west of downtown. The easiest way of getting around is by car or taxi.
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