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Winton Wetlands

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Lake Mokoan Rd, Benalla, Victoria 3725, Australia
+61 3 5766 4462
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Unique beauty

Good scenic views with dead trees, flora and fauna. Great contrast of life and death for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BBQMaster78
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Yarra Valley, Australia
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Great Café

I love this place!!........the café is fantastic, fast friendly service the food delicious. Kids... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
Shaladia75
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Wodonga, 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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Lake Mokoan Rd, Benalla, Victoria 3725, Australia
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+61 3 5766 4462
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good scenic views with dead trees, flora and fauna. Great contrast of life and death for photographers lover. There is pretty interesting art around the wetlands.

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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

I love this place!!........the café is fantastic, fast friendly service the food delicious. Kids love the flying fox. Great cakes and coffee too!

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

Had lunch here with my Mum and neice. She was obsessed with the zip line which we played on for ages. Had a walk to the observation deck too. No water here at the moment to see - weird to see it like this. Had...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Magnificent art, lot of wild life. I spotted a few eagles. Lovely walks, they also rent bikes. There is a flying fox to keep the kids busy. They have an exquisite cafe with organic coffee, beautiful food and nice service. I highly recommend the smashed...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on our way home after reading about it in a local guide. This is a great little cafe. With delicious food & great service. Also knowing that you're contributing to something special 😄

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

The wetlands finishes off the benalla art trial was so interesting then to top off see the painted silos

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Although there is no water here at the moment , it is a very interesting and beautiful landscape. A lot of work has gone into making this a great place to visit. The art installations, picnic areas and walks were all great. Great place to...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Absolutely stunning, we stumbled upon this place and were blown away by the beauty and incredible birdlife.

Thank Teresa C
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

What an absolutely delightful find. Roadtesting my new car on an impromptu quick drive from Benalla and happened across this oasis. Lunch time, hungry, so called in. Quiet, pleasant surroundings, magnificent outlook, friendly homely service, reasonably priced and THE best Steak sandwich. Thankyou Sam and...More

1  Thank Terry W
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Imagine a picturesque wetland, and imagine getting a Melbourne standard breakfast, lunch and coffee! Then imagine getting all this at Melbourne prices. Its true, really good food, service, variety and even some decent drops on the wine list. I recommend a detour if you're in...More

Thank Duncan W
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