Local departures to Albury
After Wagga Wagga, Albury is the second city of the Riverina region of New South Wales. It has a twin, Wodonga in Victoria, which lies on the other side of the mighty, magnificent Murray River. Albury-Wodonga is home to about 100,000 people and many more take flights to Albury Airport each year to enjoy this historic part of the country.
Albury is a charming heritage city with some impressive buildings (the train station is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture) and an impressive clutch of arts venues. For example, 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.
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.
In more recent times, Australians take cheap flights to Albury to visit the Bonegilla Migrant Experience in Wodonga (15 minutes from Albury Airport). Built in 1947, Block 19 Bonegilla was the country's first migration reception centre, sheltering more than 300,000 migrants until 1971.