Albury-Wodonga: Big City Convenience, Small Town Charm
The twin towns of Albury and Wodonga sit astride the banks of the Murray River on the northern Victorian / New South Wales border. The region is home to around 90 000 people and beautifully blends the best of big city convenience with small town charm. With striking heritage architecture, a vibrant arts scene, lush parks and the tranquil Murray, it’s a destination with plenty on offer.
Dean Street in Albury and High Street in Wodonga are great starting points for the respective towns. These lively shopping precincts offer everything from quirky handicrafts to major contemporary shopping centres, and great cafés and restaurants. The central laneways have some hidden gems, so take the time to explore.
Many Europeans settled in the Albury-Wodonga region after the war, helping to create a region of fine food and renowned wines. There are several vineyards around the area that have been in the same families for generations. Take a day trip to discover rustic cellar doors, small food producers and spellbinding views. Foodies should also schedule a trip to the farmers’ market or even one of the annual food and wine festivals.
While it was once a hive of activity with busy paddle steamers carrying goods to and from the river towns, the Murray is now a peaceful river oasis. Take a stroll along the river’s edge, spread a picnic blanket or try your hand at fishing the famed waters. Nature lovers may also enjoy the many parks. The historic Albury Botanic Gardens and Noreuil Park are ideal for a relaxed afternoon meander, as are the Wodonga’s Sumsion Gardens – home to a serene lagoon and walking tracks.
The region boasts a vibrant arts community. Don’t miss the impressive collection at the Albury Regional Art Gallery, or for a more contemporary twist, Art Space Wodonga is an arts venue with a lively calendar of events.
Albury-Wodonga lies on a major travel route so is exceptionally well-facilitated. When it comes to accommodation all budgets are catered for – with backpacker hostels and caravan parks, hotels and motels, charming cottages, rustic guesthouses and luxury retreats.