Albury Wodonga is a thriving modern city with a leisurely country style – offering a charming mix of stately heritage buildings, established parks and gardens and tree-lined streets.
The Murray River flows between the twin cities, once a busy trade route for paddle steamers and the river is now very much a part of Albury Wodonga’s relaxed lifestyle and leisure activities.
Albury Wodonga is also a great place to discover art galleries, fine cuisine and renowned wineries – with a visit to MAMA – Murray Art Museum Albury, home to an impressive permanent collection of works by Australian landscape painter Sir Russell Drysdale highly recommended.
Visit one of the region’s local museums or just take a walk and explore the rich history reflected in the architecture of the city’s buildings, most notably the restored Albury Railway Station – one of the most significant country stations in Australia.
The mighty Lake Hume is situated just below the junction of the Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers on the Albury/Wodonga border. When it was completed in 1936, it was the biggest dam in the southern hemisphere and one of the world’s largest. It provides a variety of recreational activities, including swimming, sailing and water-skiing. Many tourists visit the dam to view the spectacular wall, huge lake area and surrounding scenic countryside. One of the most popular activities is fishing, with trout, Murray cod, golden perch and silver perch providing sport all year round. The nearby Lake Hume Resort has boats for hire.
Victoria’s best preserved gold town, Beechworth is just 45 minutes from Albury in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. The town, which is closely associated with Ned Kelly and his gang, has museums dedicated to the Chinese gold miners, 32 buildings under National Trust classification, a range of galleries, potteries, the famous Beechworth Bakery and many scenic spots perfect for a picnic stop.
Located 40 minutes from Albury Wodonga is Rutherglen; a wine region with an enviable international reputation. Rutherglen is the agricultural and viticultural centre of Australia’s oldest wine growing region, located near the banks of the mighty Murray River. The old gold rush township established in the 1850s has worked to preserve its features to allow visitors a chance to see a town with an old feel, but retaining the modern conveniences of a tourist destination.
The Milawa Gourmet Region, Australia’s first proclaimed “gourmet region”, is home to numerous producers and a number of Victoria’s leading wineries, including Brown Brothers and their famous Epicurean Centre. This “culinary crossroads” is home to family-owned and operated wineries where visitors can meet the winemakers at the cellar door or the growers at their farm gates. The Milawa Cheese Factory, Milawa Mustards and The Olive Shop are also located in the area, which includes Milawa, Oxley, Tarrawingee, Everton, Markwood and Whorouly.
Described as a “little piece of Italy” in the hills of north-east Victoria, the King Valley is stunningly picturesque. While the area has a history which includes bushrangers, as well as Chinese and Italian immigration, it now has a reputation as a unique wine region famous for its Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbera styles. Home to some of the highest altitude vineyards in Australia, the King Valley produces uniquely flavoured and memorable wines. One such wine is Prosecco and new to the region is the exciting King Valley Prosecco Road, a trail launched by Tourism Victoria to help discover the exceptional food and the finest quality of prosecco in the King Valley and Australia.
Glenrowan is known around the world as the site of the final siege and capture of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang in 1880. The story is preserved in its attractions, museums and historic walks in the town, which is also known for a rich wine-making history, especially its full-bodied reds, such as Shiraz and Durifs, fragrant whites and delicious fortified wines. Sweeping views from the Warby Range State Park over Lake Mokoan and north-east towards Mt Buffalo offer many options for a picturesque picnic spot, bird watching and bushwalking.
Boasting a full calendar of regional events, be sure to time your holiday with one of the many sporting, cultural or food and wine festivals held throughout the year. Each month the region is action packed with a number of events on offer from farmers markets to food and wine dinners, gallery openings, exhibitions and live shows.