Chiltern – Mt Pilot – Kate Hanton
Explore the region
Albury Wodonga is the heart of mini-touring adventures in the nearby high country and wine country. Hit the road with these two itineraries.
Itinerary #1: History on high
Time-travel back to the heritage-rich town of Beechworth. Only a 45-minute drive from Albury Wodonga, this town is sure to captivate. Shop for locally produced honey and bee-auty products at Beechworth Honey or take a sweet cooking class. Visit the notorious Beechworth Gaol – the one-time ‘home’ of legendary outlaw Ned Kelly.
From Beechworth, head to Yackandandah for your art and culture fix. ‘Yack’ is known for its artisanal creations, from pottery to fine art, including the gallery of renowned painter Charles Sluga, Sluga Gallery. Enjoy award-winning pies from Gum Tree Pies or a sustainable and seasonal menu at Saint Monday. Make sure there’s space in the boot of the car for some antique shopping in the perfectly preserved gold-rush era town of Chiltern.
Itinerary #2: Wine country
Keen to sample some of the best wines Australia has to offer? Just over 30 minutes west of Albury Wodonga is Rutherglen and Corowa. This region is famous for their distinctive reds and fortified wines, whilst equally delicious whites and rosés are also available. Start your day at Corowa Whisky and Chocolate, where you can make your own chocolate and relax over a casual meal in the unique setting of disused wheat silos. Make your way to the award-winning Thousand Pound Wine Bar and Store, they pour the region’s finest alongside tasty chef-driven fare.