The Oxley Reserve was formed in 1865 and is a unique 47-hectare mix of bushland and cleared areas, backing onto the King River. The upper terrace (10 hectares) is where the majority of facilities are located. This area has sandy well-drained soil and is usable all year round. The lower area is flood plain and access may be restricted depending on conditions.
In the early 1900s, the annual Oxley Picnic Day would attract around 3,000 people from all over Victoria who would camp the weekend and partake in tennis, foot races, gymkhana events and games. The Reserve is still used regularly for recreational purposes today.
There is a large well-grassed level area with scattered shade – perfect for those travelling with horses as there are horse yards and water available. With river access and camping spots available, it’s a popular spot.
Directions: From the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre (16.5km). Exit the building to the left, at the second set of lights (Warby St) turn left, follow the road over the freeway overpass. At the Snow Rd intersection, take a left toward Oxley, travel through the township. Take the Meadow Creek Rd to the right, travel approximately 3.5km and the recreation reserve is on the right.
A small fee may be required for overnight camping and/or stable use, please use the link for more information.