Bushrangers, war heroes and art

Resting halfway between Euroa and Wangaratta, Benalla is just over two hours drive away from Melbourne. The town centre features an artificial lake, Lake Benalla created in the early seventies when the Broken River, which the town lies on, was dammed.

On the western bank of the river you will find the botanical gardens with its famous rose gardens, along with the striking modernist art gallery. The art gallery is a free, public gallery featuring sculpture, Aboriginal, modern and contemporary art as well as some diverse exhibitions.


There is a well signposted walking track around the lake. If the weather is pleasant you could grab a tasty treat for a picnic lunch from the Bakery and stop at one of the many spots along the track. With Pelicans and ducks sharing the lake with you, you might even be lucky to spot a platypus along the way.

Benalla5The Benalla Museum is within walking distance from the art gallery and lake and has a display dedicated to the town’s most famous inhabitant, war hero Edward “Weary” Dunlop. Not forgetting that you are well and truly in bush ranger territory, the museum houses Ned Kelly’s famous green sash. Ned was given the sash when he was just a boy when he saved another young lad, Richard Shelton from drowning in the Hughes Creek in Avenel. Ned was wearing the sash during his final showdown at Glenrowan and the sash is still covered in his blood.

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