Benalla Botanical Gardens and Rose Gardens

Benalla Botanical Gardens and Rose Gardens created in 1887 out of what was then a cricket field which had been carved out on the banks of the Broken River. The Rose Gardens, which have become something of a symbol of Benalla, were established in 1959. There is a sizeable collection of modern hybrid tea and floribunda roses from the 1950s to the present. Take a moment to enjoy the bronzed statue of Benalla's favourite son, Sir Weary Dunlop.

Lake Benalla

Lake Benalla - This very attractive artificial lake was constructed in 1974-75 by damming the Broken River. It features recreation facilities and a bird sanctuary. It is an easy 50 minute walk around the lake - experience the changes from neatly mowed lawns and attractive gardens to the beautiful natural scenery over the billabongs.

Benalla Regional Art Gallery

Benalla Regional Art Gallery - In the Botanic Gardens, right on the foreshore of Lake Benalla, is the Benalla Regional Art Gallery. It is rapidly becoming one of the most visited regional art galleries in Victoria - enjoy the art and have a coffee overlooking the lake.

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly - Only a short stroll over the bridge is the Benalla Visitor Information Centre, open 7 days a week. Here you can take in the Ned Kelly connection by visiting the extensive Kelly Gang collection, including the blood stained cummerbund worn by Ned when he was captured. Collect a Ned Kelly Touring Route brochure and follow the trail. www.thenedkellytrail.com.au

Mt Samaria State Park

Mt Samaria State Park - Mt Samaria State Park (7600 ha) is an attractive and forested semi- remote area which encloses a rugged plateau to the south of Benalla. It was long used by Aborigines prior to the grazing and logging practices of the European settlers. Wildlife is abundant, as are wildflowers in spring. There are waterfalls, magnificent stands of trees, scenic views and abundant birdlife. Visitors can enjoy scenic walks and drives, picnics, camping, bushwalking and photography. www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

Motor Racing

Motor Racing - There are motor sports every weekend at Winton Motor Raceway 10 km north-east of town. Annual events include the Australian Historic Motorferst, the Australian V8 Touring Car Championship, the Super Touring Championship and the Super Truck Racing Championship.www.wintonraceway.com.au

And also ....

Gliding - The Gliding Club of Victoria is based at the aerodrome on the town's northern outskirts and is the State's largest.

Hot air ballooning - for a peaceful vista of the area, give this a try.

Visit Historic Buildings - Benalla streets are rich in architectural history. Take a walk or drive around the town and take a step back in time while you admire some of the magnificent old buildings.

Wineries - visit Baileys at Glenrowan, Auldstone Cellars, Nilhacootie and two or three more if you are up to it