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48 hours in Albury Wodonga

Two cities. Two days. Your weekend is sorted.

Saturday – get out and about

One of Albury Wodonga’s defining aspects is its connection with the Murray River, so what better start than by its banks? Hire a bike or follow the bends of the river on foot along the Wagirra Trail or check out the Indigenous sculptures along the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk.

Or, head to the local Farmers Market at Gateway Village with seasonal fruit, vegetables, coffee and treats all hard to resist.

Next, Albury’s city centre beckons, with specialty stores on every corner. While roaming, don’t forget to look up and admire the iconic architecture. You can download the walking tour app for a self-guided tour to learn about the local landmarks.

For lunch, Junction Place Wodonga is a hub of eateries housed within a former railway station, goods shed and shipping containers. And the food is nothing less than top notch.

Then, take a short drive out of town to Bonegilla Migrant Experience and discover what life was like for the 320,000 post-World War II migrants who called this their first Australian home. Follow that with a visit to the Hume Dam – a striking structure and a key landmark of Albury Wodonga.

For dinner, there’s everything from fine dining with fancy tablecloths to English pub meals and street food. An after-dinner stroll along Dean Street is recommended to wind down, where the trees are adorned with fairy lights, and there are more pubs, bars and entertainment venues to visit.

Sunday – take it easy

Start the day early with a walk, or drive, to Eastern Hill or Huon Hill lookouts to see the sun rise over rolling hills. Then choose one of the sun-dappled cafés that line our main streets and devour a smashed avocado and haloumi stack, polenta porridge or breakfast burrito.

For our size, we pack quite a punch when it comes to art and culture. It’s hard to go past Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) without being intrigued by the diverse permanent collection, as well as travelling Indigenous and contemporary art exhibitions.

With your local produce from the market, head down to the Community Wood Fired Oven at Wodonga’s Belvoir Park and let the onsite baker work their magic to deliver a perfectly cooked meal.

Then linger a little longer with a wander through the Albury Botanic Gardens. Considered a treasured spot by locals, it’s the ideal place to pause and start planning your next break to our beautiful part of the world. Because, really, two days is never enough.

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