The Murray River winds its way between the twin cities of Albury Wodonga. It may not be the busy trade route it once was, but it's a safe bet that visitors who take cheap flights to Albury will take to the mighty Murray to swim, fish, paddle or just take in the timeless views.

Albury is situated at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, at the centre of the MelbourneSydneyCanberra triangle. It's a bustling, modern city, with stunning heritage buildings (the Albury Railway Station is a standout, dating from 1882), green parks, lush botanic gardens and a cosmopolitan, country-town atmosphere.

The food and drink of the region has been influenced by many of the migrants who passed through the Bonegilla Centre and who established cafes and restaurants, smoke houses and wineries. Rutherglen is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the country, creating great chardonnays, pinot noirs, cabernet sauvignons, muscats and shiraz.

Lake Hume is a must-visit. In good years, it has six times the capacity of Sydney Harbour. It's the perfect playground for water sports such as swimming, skiing and wake boarding. Fishos will love it too, it's home to Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Carp and Redfin and the site of a yearly fishing classic.

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Albury climate

Albury's climate is warm year-round. Summers are very warm to hot with average temperatures of about 30 degrees. Winters are mild to cool, with frosts a regular occurrence and about 20 days per year when temperatures are below freezing. Albury gets more rain than Melbourne, but less than Sydney. Winter is the rainiest time of year.

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When to fly to Albury

Peak Season: 

Albury has a focus on large industry such as Mars Australia, Norske Skog Paper Mills and Overall Forge. Albury Wodonga is also the home of two universities, a division of the Australian Taxation Office and defence training at Bandianna. Albury’s peak season is consistent throughout the year, with a slight peak around Christmas, New Year and the school holidays. There are more than 200 conferences and events during the year. The Albury Gold Cup takes place in March and is the highlight of the social calendar, the Easter Hockey Carnival is held in April, and the Applause Festival in October. Henty Field Days, a three-day exhibition of agricultural machinery, also takes place in September. 

Off Season: 

Due to the universities and large industry, Albury does not have an off season.

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Getting into town Albury

Taxis are available at Albury Airport. It's a ten-minute drive into town and the fare is about $20. There are several hire-car companies at the airport including Hertz and Avis. Shuttles are also available, for pre-booking.

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Getting around Albury

For touring the region, driving is the best option. Around Albury, public transport is provided by Martins Bus Company. Many visitors - and locals - will cycle around Albury. The bicycle path network is extensive.

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Albury insider information

  • Albury's history - and that of the region - is told in a couple of interesting venues. There's the Albury Regional Art Gallery (in the beautiful former Town Hall), which is home to a noted collection of works by Sir Russell Drysdale. And there's the Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park, just 15km from Wodonga. Bonegilla was the largest and longest-operating migrant reception centre between the 1940s and 1970s. Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees passed through Bonegilla, many from the non-English-speaking countries of Europe. 
  • The Ned Kelly trail, another important part of the Australian story, takes in the goldrush town of Beechworth, Glenrowan and Jerilderie whre Kelly wrote the Jerilderie Letter.

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Albury airports

Albury Airport (ABX) (website: www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au) located just 5km from the Albury and Lavington Central Business Districts.

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Kara Segedin
Writer, traveller, Tweeter, blogger and part-time adventurer. A kiwi living in London off to explore the world! I can never travel enough!
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