Post isolation escape

After spending months reminiscing about what it was like to leave home, many of us are ‘champing at the bit’ to pack a bag and escape. Albury Wodonga has the goods to ensure your first getaway satisfies your travel cravings.

EAT

Albury Wodonga’s Farmers Market has been an institution on the Border for almost twenty years. The vibrant colours, seasonal produce, mouth-watering smells, and informed banter of the producers, will ease you nicely into the weekend. The oozy egg and crisp bacon breakfast rolls are worth an early start.

Seasonal produce at the local Albury Wodonga Farmers Market, Gateway Village, Wodonga.

There’s a variety of breakfast cafés and restaurants from which to choose. Bask in the morning sun at Canvas, take in the view of the Murray River at the River Deck Café,  or sample BeanStation with its industrial vibe, located in Wodonga’s former railway station.

Dining at The River Deck, Noreuil Park, Albury | Image courtesy of The River Deck

More options? Knocking it out of the park with their fresh salad goodness is Greenstreat, conveniently located in the CBDs of both  Albury and Wodonga. People watching and top-notch food is readily available at Brick Lane, Andiamo, Mr. Benedict… and the list goes on!

Alert, alert – securing a seat in a café is ‘rarer than hen’s teeth’ with locals and travellers flaunting new freedoms, so book ahead to secure your table.

DRINK

If you’re a coffee buff, rise early to avoid queuing with others seeking a caffeine fix. Dependable bets include Two Fingers (which turns into a cosy whiskey bar in the evening), hidden gem Ebden & Olive tucked away in South Albury, and Wodonga’s Piccolo Pod (serving from a repurposed shipping container in funky Junction Place) and Blessed Bean Coffee Roasters

You’ll find local favorites Coffee Mamma in the heart of Albury and Wodonga, serving up their expert brews for nearly 20 years. Or check out new kid on the block Norma Wine & Pasta (don’t let the name fool you) who offer a unique coffee experience with their stovetop concoction served with lots of sugar on the side and plenty of retro nostalgia.  

Find the perfect coffee every time at Ebden & Olive.

For a beer garden atmosphere later in the day, look no further than The Goods Shed or Huon Hill Hotel in Wodonga. Both have loads of good food options available.

Tucked away down an Albury lane is Temperance and General, the perfect place for sipping cocktails and lingering over a sharing board. Or find your way back to Two Fingers for an intimate nightcap in a dark and shadowy den, with a shot of fine whiskey and a seat on the Chesterfield lounges.

Keep it funky and fresh at the ever popular Public House in Dean Street, or recently renovated Astor Hotel Motel, with plenty of Palm Springs vibes and cool spaces to hang out. 

It’s always a warm welcome at The Astor Hotel. Image Credit: Fugen Constructions

 

PLAY

No trip to Albury Wodonga is complete without a stroll along the pathways that hug the Murray River. Want to exert a little more energy? A hike up Huon Hill offers spectacular views, or try and spot a rare flora specimen on Nail Can Hill.

Hit the Murray Art Museum Albury, Jindera Pioneer Museum, or Bonegilla Migrant Experience to get your culture fix. Take the self-guided walking tour of Albury’s CBD to check out the city’s charming architecture.

The wide open spaces of Murray Art Museum Albury.

Seasonal colours can be embraced at Albury’s Botanic Garden, a pleasant stroll from the busy city centre. The Dinosaur Park within the grounds is a fantasy world for small children.

STAY

Nothing says luxury and opulence more than a sojourn at CIRCA 1928. The spa hotel offers onsite treatments, super king-size beds, and individually designed rooms boasting bespoke furniture and art.

Image courtesy of CIRCA 1928, Albury

Just a hop, skip and jump from the cities’ CBDs, are the three Quest properties offering spacious apartments. For a charming retreat that will have you discussing a permanent move to the region, try the historic Baranduda Homestead Cottages. Waking to birdcalls is a joy only improved by the beauty of the surrounding scenery. Need more options? Take a look at our full list of fresh and friendly accommodation right here.

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Remember, as we transition to our new normal, tourism operators are also finding their way and facing challenges. We ask you to please be patient and understanding of the tough times the industry has experienced during 2021.

We strongly recommend that you adhere to COVID health restrictions when travelling.

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