The past comes alive out of town. Hit the road to discover more about this fascinating part of Australia.
Whatever your interest, the drive around AlburyWodonga alone is worth your time, with picturesque views of the countryside all around and stops along the way ready to engage and enlighten.
Approximately 320,000 European immigrants arrived here after World War Two as part of the government’s migration scheme, staying for a time here on their way to their new lives in Australia. Today Bonegilla Migrant Experience tells their personal stories through memorabilia amid their one-time living quarters. Many of those people, and their descendants, have made a pilgrimage here. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in Australia’s multicultural history.
Pioneers and bushrangers
Just minutes out of town is the Jindera Pioneer Museum which recreates the days of early pioneers. There are historic buildings and relics to explore, including the Pioneer Slab Hut and an original wattle and daub cottage from over 150 years ago.
In Greater Hume, there are more places where you can connect with the past, including Morgan’s Lookout where the notorious bushranger Mad Dog Morgan hid from police in the 1860s. Climb the steps for spectacular 360-degree panoramas of the region, then post the views to make the folks at home jealous!
Armed forces history
With a quick detour to the quaint town of Holbrook you’ll find the Holbrook Submarine. It stands as a memorial to those brave souls who have served in submarines during times of war and peace. You can learn all about their experiences at the Submarine Museum.
Take a moment to reflect at Albury’s imposing war memorial, known to residents simply as “The Monument” This impressive structure takes prime position on the top of Monument Hill at the eastern end of Albury’s main street. If you’re feeling energetic, take the steps and walkway from the end of Dean Street to the base of the monument, or access the easy way by car from Roper Street or Memorial Drive.
Another popular military destination just a short drive away is the Army Museum Bandiana. War buffs, historians and general visitors alike will love to get up close to its extensive collection of uniforms and weapons, as well as its 150 military vehicles including bikes, cars, trucks, heavy equipment and armoured vehicles.
Pull on your comfy walking shoes and take the self guided tour of some of Albury’s historical landmarks. The tour showcases 21 sites spread over 13 central locations. An audio version of the tour is also available by downloading the app on Android or Apple. Just search the App stores for Albury Walking Tour.
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