About Oxley

Oxley, a Gem of Tranquillity and Natural Beauty Nestled right on the King River in the heart of North East Victoria, Australia, Oxley stands as a testament to the serene beauty and rich history of regional Australia.

Located in the King Valley approximately 270 kilometers northeast of Melbourne, only a short 10 minute drive or just over a 30 minute bicycle ride on the bike track from Wangaratta, with it’s small residential population of approximately 300 persons, this charming town offers visitors a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life while immersing them in the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture of the region.

This overview delves into the captivating allure of Oxley, exploring its history, natural attractions, community spirit, and its role as a hidden gem awaiting discovery.

To begin, Oxley’s history is deeply intertwined with the development of Victoria’s pastoral industry. Originally inhabited by indigenous Australian communities for thousands of years, the area witnessed European settlement in the early 19th century, with sheep farming becoming the primary economic activity.

The township itself was established in the mid-1800s, and remnants of its colonial past can still be seen in the historic buildings and landmarks scattered throughout the area. These echoes of the past add a layer of depth to Oxley’s identity, inviting visitors to explore its heritage while marvelling at its evolution over time.

One of the most alluring aspects of Oxley is its pristine natural beauty, surrounded by rolling hills, verdant vineyards, and meandering rivers, the town is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The nearby King River offers opportunities for fishing, swimming, kayaking, leisurely picnics and walks along its picturesque banks.

Additionally, the Oxley Bushland Reserve provides a haven for native flora and fauna, with walking trails allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquillity of the Australian bush. Whether it’s admiring the century old gum trees, vibrant colours of wildflowers in bloom or spotting kangaroos bounding through the countryside, Oxley offers a profound connection to the natural world.

Moreover, Oxley boasts a strong sense of community spirit, with residents actively involved in preserving the town’s heritage and fostering a welcoming atmosphere for visitors. The town also has many active volunteers, making Oxley a great community to live in.

Local events such as the annual Oxley Bush Market and Oxley Art Show showcase the talents of the community while providing opportunities for socializing and networking.

Additionally, the town’s vibrant food and wine scene celebrate the region’s agricultural bounty, with cellar doors and farm-to-table restaurants offering a taste of the local flavors. Whether it’s savoring a glass of award-winning wine or indulging in a farm-fresh meal, visitors are sure to be enchanted by Oxley’s culinary delights.

In conclusion, Oxley stands as a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. From its rich history and breathtaking landscapes to its vibrant community spirit and culinary delights, the town offers a truly immersive experience for visitors seeking a retreat into the heart of regional Australia.

Whether exploring its historic landmarks, embarking on outdoor adventures, or simply soaking in the laid-back ambiance, a visit to Oxley is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who venture there.

The community assures visitors that its worth a drive along the Snow Road to Oxley to try the famous lemon tart at the King River Cafe, pick up some fresh berries at Blue Ox Berries or taste some local wines at John Gehrig Wines.

Oxley is also part of the renowned Milawa Gourmet Region and the King Valley wine region, well known for cool climate and Italian grape varietals.

This website proudly supports the Oxley Residents’ Association, Oxley Hall Committee, Oxley Recreation Reserve Committee and the Oxley CFA. Please view our Oxley Community Plan for more information about our town and our current community projects and priorities.

So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to Oxley, where tranquility and natural beauty await at every turn.

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