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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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Great place to visit for bird watching

Although there is no water here at the moment , it is a very interesting and beautiful landscape. A... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kimlb1976
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Myrtleford, Australia
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Amazing!

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Teresa C
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Newcastle, 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
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Lake Mokoan Rd, Benalla, Victoria 3725, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

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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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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Spectacular and unique views of the water and trees in a quiet and peaceful area. A photographer's delight. A boardwalk or binoculars would have been good to have a more close-up view of the beautiful scenery. This area being restored back to a natural wetlands...More

Thank Karen Y
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Recently revisited the Hub Cafe for our meeting and lunch. Great food, good service, stunning outlook and new activities around the site. So lovely with the water full. Recommend this for couples, friends, family and a meeting venue with class.

Thank Veronica S
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

When in the Benalla region make sure you visit the Winton Wetlands. Not only do the volunteers make you feel welcome the food and drinks and the views are wonderful. Knowing that part of what you pay goes to maintaining this beautiful place is a...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We had a fantastic weekend Glamping at Winton Wetlands. The tents were comfortable with an amazingly, comfy bed, a table and chairs and trunk. There were lovely toiletries provided and a surprisingly awesome portable shower. Cooking utensils, cups and plates were provided as well as...More

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Winton W, Project Support Officer at Winton Wetlands, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thanks BlueberryAsh for your wonderful review! We are so pleased you enjoyed the experience. See you again soon!

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

The staff were excellent , apart from taking a wrong turn , it was a prefect day , a place to remember and return too

Thank Catherine H
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Winton W, Project Support Officer at Winton Wetlands, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thanks Catherine. See you again soon!

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We came with young and teenage children. The meals were great and reasonably priced. Service was friendly and food came out in a short timeframe. We will definitely be back.

Thank Amber S
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Winton W, Project Support Officer at Winton Wetlands, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thanks for the wonderful feedback! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back!

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