Nestled along the banks of the Murray River, Albury-Wodonga is an exciting, vibrant destination which is becoming one of Victoria’s most visited places to experience cultural events, world-class shopping and some of the best dining anywhere in the country. Mixing its diverse heritage with modern culture, the city offers an intriguing blend of both rural and city lifestyle with its myriad of historical architecture, beautiful parks and gardens, sporting facilities and stunning countryside.
Albury Wodonga has a range of accommodation, with everything from camping to five star hotels. Where you choose to stay will of course depend on the nature of your trip - those looking to explore the natural wonders may be better places on the Wodonga side, whilst those seeking to sample city life should look for somewhere in Albury. In either case, anyone looking to make an extended stay in the city will find that serviced apartments offer the perfect balance of convenience and cost-efficiency. Form single occupancy studios to luxury apartments, these properties offer all the convenience of traditional accommodation, whilst having the added benefit of a fully-equipped kitchen for self catering, as well as secure access for enhanced privacy.
Albury-Wodonga's rich heritage means there are innumerable cultural attractions dotted all over the city - from galleries dedicated to indigenous art, to museums charting the impact of colonialism on the area. The unique history and culture of the Wiradjuri people is celebrated across the area, with events and traditional arts shows being held throughout the year.
Of course, the city’s location means it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore Australia’s incredible landscapes. The Wagirra Trail, with its wetlands and untouched reserves are a popular excursion, offering visitors the chace not only to learn about local wildlife, but also the region’s indigenous history and ancient ways of life.
For those visiting the area with family, there are also plenty of local parks offering a more accessible way to enjoy the outdoors. Some of which have playgrounds, nature trails for kids and even adventure activities such as water slides, indoor rock climbing, and mini golf. Whatever you are looking to do on your trip, you will no doubt find that the myriad of things to do in Albury more than keep you entertained.
Albury’s Dean Street is strewn with fantastic places to eat. Brick Lane and the Albion Hotel offer sophisticated Australian cuisine, whilst somewhere like Hog's Australia's Steakhouse Albury offers a lively atmosphere and simple foods from the grill. For international cuisine, Thai Puka, At Sushi and South Cali Cantina - all of which are popular with the locals and offer a great social scene.
Albury has several great malls and department stores, which make it something of a shopper’s paradise. Myer Centrepoint and West End plaza both offer a massive selection of stores offering everything from high street fashions to groceries. There’s also a Target department store - a good idea if you are looking for multiple fashion brands under one roof. In general, Dean street is the place to go, with many other independent retailers clustered around its immediate vicinity.
Those looking to explore the Wiradjuri culture will find the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk is a great place to start, followed by a visit to newly renovated Albury Library Museum, which has numerous exhibits charting the city’s history and its mixed cultural influences. For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, the Wonga Wetlands are a great excursion, offering stunning scenery and diverse wildlife.
Whilst Albury does have a railway station, it is served only by infrequent lines to Melbourne. Those looking to get use public transport to get around the town itself are limited to bus services, which are operated by private companies. If you plan on exploring the wider area, it is advisable to rent a car for the duration of your trip, as this means you will have the freedom to visit more remote areas, which aren’t always frequented by the bus services. If you plan on visiting other parts of Australia, then Albury airport has daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
Agriculture is big business in Albury, as the town is the administrative hub for the agricultural communities around the area. One of the largest single employers in the city itself is Norske Skog paper mill. There are also engineering plants operating locally, including automotive and aeronautical parts manufacturers. Of course, financial services also play a role in the local economy, with The Commercial Club Albury and Hume Bank having offices in the town centre.