Five reasons why Albury is more than a stopover destination

Strategically located between the states of Victoria and New South Wales, Albury is a perfect destination to escape the mundane. From scenic river views and idyllic walks to contemporary museums, Albury is big city with small town vibes. Let’s explore why Albury is more than a stopover destination between Sydney and Melbourne.

Location’s proximity

Located on the Hume Highway and surrounded by the Murray River, Albury is a confluence of nature and culture. Ideally located in between Melbourne and Sydney, it is only a few hour’s drive from either of these destinations, making it a perfect weekend or a short stay holiday.

Related: An outdoor saltwater lagoon, a spot of tennis and an afternoon siesta. Staycation, defined.

Murray River

The Murray River is Australia’s longest river that flows in between the towns of Albury and Wodonga. In fact these sister towns are divided by the river and hugging the banks of this river, Albury offers many parklands and reserves for the tourists to enjoy the natural beauty.

Sun setting over the Bethanga Bridge.

Walks & Bike Trails

A haven for people who enjoy hiking and bike riding, Albury has abundant to offer on this front. Hop on the Wagirra Trail to enjoy a leisurely walk or challenge yourself with a spirited run along the banks of the Murray River. For the ones who love their bike, follow the 15km Wagirra Trail to explore the two cities. There are many places to break for a picnic or to take in the breathtaking views. 

Created by local Aboriginal artists, explore the beautiful sculptures that are spread along the Wagirra trail and the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk. These sculptures are accompanied by interpretative panels and videos that tell the story of Aboriginal history and the historic significance of the Murray River.

Contemporary Art

Albury has a vibrant local art scene and artists from all across the country find their artistic expression in this town.

Visit MAMA – Murray Art Museum Albury to explore local, national and international art. The museum also offers art courses and workshops for those budding artists. And while in town don’t forget to check out the award-winning Albury Library Museum that celebrates the city’s heritage and rich history using state of the art technology.

Murray Art Museum Albury
Exterior view of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) and QE2 Square in Albury.

The Great Lookouts

Albury has a plethora of Idyllic natural sceneries and expansive views. Experience a 360-degree view of Albury Wodonga, Murray River and Lake Hume by visiting the Eastern Hill Look-out.

Providing spectacular views of the city and surrounding regions, The Monument Hill War Memorial is sombre reminder as the monument was unveiled on Anzac Day in 1925 in dedication of the men and women who served in World Was l.

Albury has plenty to offer for those looking to experience nature, art, culture and the great outdoors.

Planning a visit to Albury?

Book your accommodation at Quality Resort Siesta, a vibrant Albury-Wodonga resort accommodation. Another great option is Econo Lodge Border Gateway Wodonga set in a peaceful landscaped garden setting ensuring guests enjoy a restful stay.

Cover image: Aerial, Albury; Photo credit: Destination NSW

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