There’s nothing like a cheeky midweek break to lift the spirits and rejuvenate the senses. You can skip the crowds, book the best table and enjoy nature spots all to yourself. A midweek escape to the border town of Albury, in the beautiful Murray region of NSW, ticks all the boxes. Albury promises a perfect blend of culture, natural beauty and delicious culinary delights – and plenty of places to visit.
Kick off your midweek adventure with a restorative dose of art and culture at the acclaimed MAMA, one of the top fun things to do in Albury. This redeveloped cultural hub and art museum showcases an impressive collection of contemporary art and is famed for its innovative and original exhibitions. You can take a guided tour, join art classes and workshops or listen to fascinating artist talks. There are also kids art activities and school holiday programs.
Surrounded by famous food and wine destinations like Rutherglen, Beechworth and the King Valley, Albury is known for its vibrant food scene. After an inspiring morning at MAMA, indulge in a leisurely lunch at River Deck Cafe. With its picturesque setting on the banks of the Murray River, shaded by red gums and elm trees, River Deck is the perfect spot for alfresco dining. Savour delicious local fare, made with locally-sourced, seasonal produce, and soak up the peaceful river views.
Immerse yourself in one of Albury’s most treasured icons, the Albury Botanic Gardens. Established in 1877 with the planting of a single English elm, these award-winning gardens boast a diverse collection of over 1000 different plant species, including a beautiful rainforest. Follow meandering pathways through colourful flower beds, discover themed gardens and stroll gracious tree-lined avenues on a self-guided heritage walk.
Stretch your legs on the Wagirra Trail that winds for 15 kms along the tranquil banks of the Murray to the Wonga Wetlands, a scenic haven of thriving birdlife. Along the way, you’ll find the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, where 15 sculptures by Aboriginal artists tell the Indigenous story of the Murray River and the cultural significance of this historic waterway.
For panoramic views of Albury and across to the Table Top Range, head to the Eastern Hill Rotary Lookout. This lookout point offers a breathtaking vantage point of the Murray River flood plain and beyond, especially at sunrise and sunset. Explore walking trails and take in the beauty of the red gum-lined Murray River winding through the region.
If you’ve worked up a thirst, swing by the local Albury Brewhouse for a cold one. Albury’s only in-house brewery, the Brewhouse makes their own range of delicious craft beers onsite in gleaming stainless steel tanks. Try their exclusive Brewhouse Ales on a tasting paddle or sip one of their signature cocktails. They also serve up tasty modern pub cuisine to match their craft beer list, both lunch and dinner
Where to stay
Stay close to top attractions and some of the best restaurants in Albury by booking in at the family-owned Quality Resort Siesta, a popular hotel with fantastic facilities.
Make the most of your midweek stay
To help you make the most of your midweek getaway, Choice Privileges are running a special midweek stays offer. Save 15% off two nights or more when you book midweek.