Albury New South Wales, and Wodonga Victoria, lie on either side of the Murray River. They are separated by the border between NSW and Victoria.
Albury-Wodonga, as it was commonly called, was seen as the future of rural decentralisation in Australia. It was to become a major rural centre with the advantages of both a country town and a modern city.
Albury was not only was going to develop as a vital transport hub between Sydney and Melbourne. It would also be an administrative, educational and economic hub with a well-developed manufacturing sector. Also a centre for the surrounding agricultural, dairying and pastoral industries. The city’s attraction for visitors and travellers lies in its exceptionally beautiful and historic Botanic Gardens; its elegant city centre; and its charming, peaceful location beside the Murray River.
Both cities, Albury and Wodonga, can easily be explored by foot. This allows you to take time to appreciate the many historic buildings, some dating back to the 19th century. Also to be enjoyed are the wide country streets and established gardens.
There are plenty of parks where you can both explore and relax. These include the beautiful Sumsion Gardens featuring a large lagoon, walking tracks and a fabulous playground for the children. The Albury Botanic Gardens is a must-see, established in 1887. Albury’s Noreuil Park is one of the most popular riverside parks in Albury. It features mature shade trees, picnic tables, open grass spaces and wildlife on the banks of the Murray River.
For those who enjoy walks or bike riding, there are a multitude of cycleways and walking paths to experience. Albury alone offers more than 40km of interlinked on-road and off-road trails and pathways. Wodonga boasts more than 80km of bike and walking paths.
There are many treasured cafes within the twin cities you can enjoy. Also some amazing pubs, clubs and restaurants featuring fresh regional produce.
Looking for the ultimate country retail therapy experience? There are several shopping precincts in both Albury and Wodonga guaranteed to please.
When it comes to the arts, Albury Wodonga offers state-of-the-art entertainment. Try both The Cube Wodonga and the Albury Entertainment Centre. You can also experience the Hothouse Theatre, the Albury Art Gallery and Arts Space Wodonga. In addition there are other impressive galleries throughout the region.
Albury Wodonga is also home to Australia’s national youth circus. The Flying Fruit Circus is the only full-time circus school in Australia catering for young people 8-18 years of age.