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Winton Wetlands

#7 of 20 things to do in Benalla Features Animals
Lake Mokoan Rd, Benalla, Victoria 3725, Australia
+61 3 5762 1192
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Really nice drive through the old lake

We came down late on a Sunday afternoon. The hub was already closed, so after a quick play on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Heaven on earth

In my 68yrs i have travelled all over the world and this rates up there with the best locations i... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Graham G
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Visitors to Winton Wetlands can connect with the site in any number of ways. Whether it be a memorable walk, an adventurous bike ride, a paddle in a kayak or a relaxing visit to the Mokoan Hub and Café (open Wednesday-Friday 11am-4pm, and Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm) – where you will find all of the information you need to explore the site. Located 15 minutes from Benalla, and 25 minutes from Wangaratta, the 8,750Ha site features 32 wetlands, nearly 5,000Ha of redgum and box grassy woodland and is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, including over 180 species of birds. Winton Wetlands has an incredibly intricate history and a powerful presence. A place of cultural significance and beauty, the site has a strong Indigenous significance demonstrated by the thousands of artifacts throughout the landscape. The scar trees and mounds also indicate a long and continuous Indigenous presence. The European history of Winton Wetlands is rich and compelling, and easily accessed at the many historic sites located within the reserve. The Wetlands are in a constant state of change so every visit reveals something new and interesting. Discover for yourself what makes Winton Wetlands so magical. The ever-changing light across the Winton Wetlands landscape builds upon an already intriguing venue for contemporary arts. The artworks and installations at Winton Wetlands are designed to involve and engage visitors and our community in the landscape and its cultures. Water Gallery at Ashmeads Swamp Ashmeads Swamp is a starkly beautiful place. The dead trees of the ancient Red Gum swamp both a sad reminder of what has been lost and an inspiration for renewal.The project merges both indigenous and non-indigenous artists in creating a culturally significant landmark on the site. It will also evidence how far we have come as a society to respect and appreciate one another. Artists: Troy Firebrace and Bailey Bish, 2017 Boggy Bridge Fish Trees The fish painted on the dead trees along Boggy Bridge Road represent the Yellow Belly and Cod that one thrived in the reservoir. The blue lines indicate the old Lake Mokoan flood level. Artist: Tim Bowtell, 2016 The CFA Tank This stunning artwork portrays three local CFA volunteers. It has received national and international acclaim for its striking expression and its superb fit with the landscape. Artist: Guido van Halen, 2016 Hilda Bain At the gateway to the Lunette you will find Hilda Bain, her arresting presence speaks for itself. Her location on the banks of Mokoan Swamp, tells the story of the 16 families that lived in and around the area for generations. Their lives were ones of struggle and success, hard work and reward - enriched by beautiful surrounds and supported by fertile soils. Artist: Cam Scale, 2016 The Long Neck Turtle The 30 metre sculpture was created by Yorta Yorta artists from Kaiela Arts Shepparton. The Yorta Yorta people are morally and spiritually obligated to protect and respect the long neck turtle. The families of Yorta Yorta are represented by the connecting waterholes and streams inside the artwork, making one system surrounding their totem. Artists: Jack Anselmi, Troy Firebrace and Tammy-Lee Atkinson, 2016
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Lake Mokoan Rd, Benalla, Victoria 3725, Australia
+61 3 5762 1192
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came down late on a Sunday afternoon. The hub was already closed, so after a quick play on the Flying Fox out the back we headed on to the Street Art trial. Some really good work scattered around within the now drained parts of...More

Thank rognrikki
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Hello rognrikki, Thanks for taking the time to write the review. There is certainly a lot to see and do out here. Plenty of birds, wildlife and unexpected art in the landscape. There is certainly lots work going on with the regeneration to return the...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

In my 68yrs i have travelled all over the world and this rates up there with the best locations i have ever witnessed. I am a pro photographer and i found myself in heaven. Landscapes to die for, art works in the natural environment, sunsets...More

3  Thank Graham G
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. And we are so glad you took the time to visit us. We are looking forward to seeing your photos, and are so thrilled that the sunset and sunrise performed as requested. Thank you also...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017

Came here for lunch at the cafe (which I will add on here as I cannot find it as yet) with Mum and went for a walk around the wetlands after. Beautiful winter day, easy paths to walk along, lots of signs telling about the...More

Thank Cath W
Management response:Responded 19 June 2017

Lovely Cath! Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. There is certainly lots to discover at the Wetlands. We hope you come back soon to find the painted water tank and the trees! You can download a map here http://www.wintonwetlands.org.au/visitor-information/Winton%20Wetlands%20Map.pdf

Reviewed 1 May 2017

The positive I just spent hours on a lonely part of the Winton Wetlands and took endless photos of birds, trees, insects and jumping fish. Without realizing I’d spent 10 hours and enjoyed almost every minute of it. The negative, There seems to be some...More

1  Thank wolfing49
Management response:Responded 19 June 2017

Wow 10 hours wolfing49! It sounds like you really enjoyed our day! Winton Wetlands is a photographers paradise at all times of the day. Yes unfortunately our neighbours at the Winton Motor Raceway can be a bit noisy at times! Thankfully it is not that...More

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Visited during Easter weekend. Went for Split walk. 9km walk. Easy walk. Not much trees. Quite a few birds. We had a wonderful time. Roads are bit dilapidated. Not many visitors. Visited Mokoan Hub cafe. Unfortunately very poor customer service. Left without eating.

Thank Tella64
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Twenty five minutes drive from Benalla (I drive slowly) is this amazingly peaceful and beautiful sanctuary from our crazy, urban life. Photo opportunities abound. Take time to take deep breaths and enjoy still life. Make sure you visit the "street art" (do your research) and...More

1  Thank DanB51
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We went to Winton Wetlands last Saturday. It was extremely hot day. Visited the cafe and also completed the Green Hill Walk. This is one of the new walk named in honour of a family who farmed the area in 1860s. The walk is about...More

1  Thank illie99
Reviewed 14 February 2017

If you are wanting somewhere to go for a meal, a bit different and out of the way, try the Winton Wetlands Cafe. We drove from Mooroopna, especially to try it out. We really enjoyed our meals the soft beef tacos, and bacon and egg...More

Thank Marjorie H
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This was a surprise. Took a friend out for morning tea. We were surprised as we drove into the car park. The wet lands are vast. Very good information plaques telling the history of the place. The café is large, built mostly of timber and...More

Thank Margaret D
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We loved our glamping experience at Winton Wetlands. A magical experience, extremely comfortable bed, and wonderful heated outdoor shower. Really enjoyed the wildlife, location, and thoughtful amenities. Recommend ordering and collecting a picnic dinner from the Mokoan Hub and Cafe on your way - also...More

Thank Riley_Traveller
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