- Largest town in The Murray
- A world-class art gallery
- Fun on the river
- Lots of great restaurants
On the historic banks of the Murray River, the charming twin towns of Albury and Wodonga offer a delicious food scene, endless outdoor adventure and thriving arts culture. With the Snowy Mountains and Rutherglen wine region nearby, this area makes a great stopover on the Melbourne-Sydney drive.
The great outdoors
The Murray River is a natural playground. Go swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and cycling at Noreuil Park. Explore the beauty of the river by hiring canoes from Canoe The Murray or joining a guided tour. Kids will love Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace, with its 30m flying fox.
Cycle or walk the scenic Wagirra Trail, a six-kilometre journey along the river that captures Wonga Wetlands, a birdwatcher’s paradise, and the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, which tells the story of Aboriginal history and the cultural significance of the Murray River. You can also fish and boat on Lake Hume.
Arts & culture
The Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) is one of the best regional galleries in Australia. You’ll find contemporary art and important indigenous works. Another great local arts experience is watching the Flying Fruit Fly Circus perform and taking circus classes. Visit the beautiful Albury Botanical Gardens for wild colour – the garden and flower show Gardenesque is in October.
Enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner at Cafe Dalchini, where you’ll find Indian fusion dishes from breakfast potato paratha and bacon to butter chicken schnitzel. For delicious local dining visit the funky 2640 Restaurant and Bar and Bistro Selle, a European-style restaurant that showcases local produce. Or dine by the water at the River Deck.
Fresh produce, local craft and wares await at The Kiewa Street Market, held every Sunday. Explore the local events for more markets, shows, festivals and exhibitions, including Write Around the Murray in September.
Getting there & where to stay
Albury-Wodonga is a 5h 30min drive southwest of Sydney and 3h 30min northeast of Melbourne. You can also fly into the busy Albury Airport and hire a car to explore the region. Arriving by train at the grand Albury Railway Station is a wonderful experience – the trip from Sydney takes around 7hr 30min. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options including hotels, apartments, B&Bs and holiday parks.