When to Fly
The hottest months tend to be when most people book their flights to Albury. These months are November through to March, where temperatures are between 10 and 31 degrees Celsius but can reach the mid-40s. Winter is much cooler and temperatures can drop to between 3 and 14 degrees. Frosts are commonplace during winter and about 20% of days per year experience the temperature below freezing, so if you’re not a fan of the cold, you may prefer to book flights to Albury at another time. This period also sees some rainfall, although it can occur all year round. In terms of rainfall, the city gets more of it than Melbourne, but less than Sydney.
Albury is home to two universities, which makes the city busy all through the year. Christmas, New Year and the school holidays, are peak times, so you will probably not be able to find cheap flights to Albury or find any accommodation deals over these periods. The city also hosts a number of annual events. Anzac Day is celebrated on the 25th of April and is a time of reflection and remembrance. The day starts with a dawn service, followed by a parade and the main service which takes place at Albury War Memorial on Monument Hill. This is one of the most widely recognised war monuments throughout the country and is highly visible from the other surrounding areas. If you’re travelling to Albury with your kids, the Picnic in the Gardens is a great event to attend. Fun for all the kids, from tiny tots to 12 year olds, this annual event has a range of food and drink available and provides a full programme of entertainment. The Picnic is held in the beautiful surroundings of the Albury Botanic Garden, during November.
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.
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 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 Melbourne-Sydney-Canberra 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 Albury Regional Art Gallery has a great collection of works by Sir Russell Drysdale. The local museums tell the story of the region's thrilling Gold Rush and bush ranger days.
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.
Fabled bush ranger Ned Kelly's footsteps can still be traced in this area. Jerilderie, where Kelly wrote his manifesto - the Jerilderie Letter - lies northwest of Albury and the proximity of Beechworth Gaol where Ned (and his mother) did time makes Albury a great base for Kelly tracking.