Destination – Albury – Wodonga
The twin towns of Albury Wodonga are situated on the banks of the scenic Murray River. The are blends city style and country pace, history and contemporary attractions, art and adventure. Home to around 90,000 people, Albury-Wodonga is large enough to provide varied holiday attractions and entertainment but small enough for you to enjoy exploring on foot.
Albury Wodonga is located on the Hume Highway about 310 kms northeast of Melbourne and 570 kms southwest of Sydney.
This region will see the full implementation of the Albury Wodonga Health Service in the next couple of years – the only existing cross border health service in Australia and a joint initiative of the governments of New South Wales and Victoria. Transformations like this demonstrate the constantly changing face of health service delivery in rural Australia.
Surrounding Albury Wodonga area
Albury Wodonga is at the centre of a heritage-rich and naturally stunning region. From boutique antiques to seriously good fortified wines and more than a touch of bushranger legend.
Discover the charm and history of neighbouring Yackandandah, Rutherglen, Chiltern, Beechworth, Myrtleford and Milawa. Indulge in Gundowring ice cream, Boosey Creek cheeses and a glass of Rutherglen Red.
Rutherglen’s largest sign, bragging ‘Sydney may have a nice harbour but Rutherglen has a great port’, brings out many amused smiles. There’s no disputing it: Rutherglen is Victoria’s premier wine region. Its wine region culture has a deep soul, a sense of history and purpose, and a dose of good old-fashioned bush humour and hospitality. The area has a fantastic range of fine-dining options, stunning historic buildings and interesting stories about family-owned vineyards.
Combine the gastronomical with the physical. Grab a mountain bike and tour the region’s cellar doors and attractions at your own pace, or saddle up the road bike for some very challenging rides. New touring bikes are available for hire at the Rutherglen Wine Experience. You can simply download all the cycle routes and get specific directions and a map. There’s a ride to satisfy both the Sunday cruiser and the die-hard road warrior.
Wander through Chiltern’s well-preserved 19th century streetscape and imagine you’re on the set of an Australian period film. Over 20 buildings in the village are registered or owned by the National Trust. Take a self-guided walk through the streets, past the historic post office, courthouse, masonic hall and original police cells. Visit Lakeview House, the elegant former home of distinguished author Henry Handel Richardson, who penned the Australian classic The Getting of Wisdom.
Rummage through an extensive network of antique stores for that treasured find. Uncover goldfield relics and native bird life on quiet forest trails through the Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park, and enjoy 360-degree views over the countryside from the Mount Pilot Lookout.
The drive to Beechworth is stunning and so is the town’s heritage streetscape. Streets are graced with interlocking canopies of established trees and quaint, character-filled cottages. Following the discovery of gold in 1852, Beechworth flourished. It is still Victoria’s best-preserved goldmining town. The legacy of this is preserved in the many historic buildings and heritage areas, with their wide, tree-lined avenues and shady wooden verandahs. Visitors can explore the town’s opulent past by taking a leisurely self-guided walking tour of central Beechworth. An excellent detailed guide is available from the Visitor Information Centre.
Beechworth offers renowned regional cuisine, excellent cool climate wines and great cafes and fine restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. It is also a land of temptation on the retail front. The town’s inherent style can be seen in every store, and the shoes, clothes, jewellery, art, antiques and homewares will challenge the most disciplined spender.
The area is one of outstanding natural beauty, with endless opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors to explore the trails and back roads of the Beechworth Gorge, Beechworth Historic Park, Stanley State Forest and Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park.
Yackandandah, classified by the National Trust, is set amidst the stunning hills of north-east Victoria. The tiny, close-knit town has a fantastic folk festival and is brimming with arts, crafts and antiques, quirky clothing shops and great beer gardens. It’s a relaxed, welcoming and creative place with a sense of fun.
|Chiltern||38km||Historic buildings, gold rush relics and antiques|
|Rutherglen||49km||Historic wine region and fine food|
|Beechworth||44km||Boutique shopping, food & wine, a history rich in gold|
|Yackandandah||34km||National Trust village famous for its folk festival|