The name Merriwa is thought to be an aboriginal term meaning “rich flat ground at the bend of a river.”
Many of the River Red Gums still seen in the park today were planted at an official opening in August 1905, however many trees date further back and some trees have since self sown.
Merriwa Park is a relaxing park that has barbeques, picnic tables, playground equipment, lawn tennis courts and toilets.
This wonderful reserve is the centrepiece of Wangaratta’s natural features. Lagoons meander across this floodplain area supporting a range of aquatic and land life.
For many years the Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group has been actively ‘bush regenerating’ this reserve, transforming it into a network of access pathways through the majestic old red gums and their diverse understorey. A walk-in Kaluna Park will always bring new sights of birds and animals.
Merriwa Park and Kaluna Park can be accessed from Ryley Street Wangaratta.
During the Spring school holidays, Rainbow Trout are stocked in the large pond behind the tennis courts for some accessible, family fishing fun.