Set on the banks of Lake Benalla, the Benalla Art Gallery opened in 1975 and houses Australian pieces with a focus on colonial and impressionist art from the 19th and 20th centuries. This regional art gallery’s collection includes painting, printmaking, works on paper, photography, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and decorative arts with recent Indigenous and contemporary acquisitions. The gallery also hosts workshops and events.
Benalla Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Benalla, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 5760 2619
Spread across 30 acres, the Mansfield Zoo is home to over 100 native and exotic animals, including the only two white lions in Victoria. Other residents include Hobbs the capuchin monkey, Basil the camel, an albino red kangaroo and two fallow deer, Miss Greedy and Baby Greedy, who will escort you around the park. You can even set up a tent or stay in one of their swags and fall asleep to the sound of roaring lions.
See the life-size bronze statue of the world famous mare known as Black Caviar, who remained undefeated in 25 races and became Australia’s fastest racehorse. Born in Nagambie, Victoria in 2006, the mare was a champion sprinter before retiring in 2013. The statue, which was unveiled on the 24th of October 2013, pays tribute to her.
One of Australia’s most iconic film sets has sat atop Mount Stirling since 1982’s The Man From Snowy River. Accessible by foot or 4WD, the hut was destroyed by bushfires in 2006 but has since been rebuilt, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Craig’s Hut is a Victorian icon and the most famous hut in the High Country.
Opened in 2014, The Ned Kelly Vault is the largest Kelly Gang memorabilia and artefact collection in the world. Situated in the former Sub-Treasury building, which was used to store gold during the gold rush, the vault holds Ned Kelly’s original death mask, a gun which he named ‘Betty,’ the armour worn by Mick Jagger in the 1970s film, original photographs and other artefacts relating to the Kelly Gang.
The Ned Kelly Vault, 94 Ford St, Beechworth , Victoria, Australia, +61 3 5728 8067