A visit to one of Australia's most dynamic regional centres gives you everything from stunning snowfields in winter and also wide open spaces, vineyards, and historic towns right on your doorstep.
Mt Buffalo in winter.
This is Albury, on the Murray River, about 600 km from Sydney, about 300 km from Melbourne, and about 300 km from Canberra. Perthites are unfortunately about 4,000 km away.
Your stay in Albury will be enhanced by visits to the paddlesteamers at Echuca and a ride on one along the Murray River, to Beechworth with its history of gold mining and Ned Kelly, to Rutherglen and its many wineries, to Corowa with its history of the Federation of Australia or the other attractions of the area.
What are you going to do in Albury?
Albury is on the Murray River, so in summer you can go swimming, canoeing, sailing on the Hume Dam, fishing, or riding on a paddlesteamer at Echuca.
Maxwell Empire Books include Hunts at location 34 which is Mt Buffalo near Albury. Mt Buffalo is good for skiing and toboganning in winter and enjoying the scenery in other seasons. From Albury you can visit Hunt location 34 and some companies offer tours.
Maxwell Empire Book 1 includes descriptions of Hunts taking place in Australia near Albury, NSW, and Sydney. You can take a tour to see the terrain that will be confronting the hunters when engaged in a Hunt at locations 34 and 35.
In winter there are several snowfields you can enjoy yourself on.
A must for you to research before arriving in Albury is the website
Your guide to fresh food from over 100 local farmers & producers in North East Victoria & the Albury region.
Beechworth carriage ride.
Panning for Gold
Gold can even still be found if you want to try your hand at panning for it with a chap who can take you looking for it at El Dorado. For more information about Albury and photos of El Dorado you can look at this page of Albury Information.
If you are a golfer there are courses all over the place.
There are forty wineries in the area making a range of wines you will want to experience. Obviously for a wine tasting tour you will not want to be driving yourself as the driver will not be able to enjoy himself.
Not keen on wine? Well there are microbreweries at several places in NE Victoria where you can enjoy a beer with a difference to go with a very nice meal.
Students of Australian history have Ned Kelly places all over the place and at Corowa where Federation began they have a museum devoted to the subject; if you worked a telephone switchboard in your younger days they have one of those to bring back your memories.
Do you like watching sport? Here you are spoilt for choices. I counted forty different sports offered in Albury over the year.
Horses can be watched trotting, galloping, dressage, or the back of their head from a saddle.
While there are forty sports, there are also forty wineries. Here you will not want to be driving if you want to enjoy sampling the efforts of the vignerons of the district. See this tour which takes you to several wineries near Albury.
What else to do in Albury
If you want to spend less time in Albury you can stay for four days. You may on the other hand want to spend a longer time in the district and engage in some other types of activities such as painting the Murray River or photographing the old farm buildings which can be found as you wander around. Some people might like to ride a bicycle along an old railway line to see the countryside at a slower pace.
If you want to see more of Victoria we offer a tour from Albury to ride on a paddlesteamer at Echuca, go down a gold mine at Bendigo, drive along the Great Ocean Road, see Phar Lap at the Melbourne Museum, see Ned Kelly relics at the State Library of Victoria, visit Glenrowan for more Ned Kelly history, sample wine at Brown Brothers or one of the many other wineries and then return to Albury.
Bonegilla Migrant Experience
There is also history of another sort across the river where an army base was converted to a migrant camp after World War 2. You can visit remnants of the camp that have been preserved to show you how the tens of thousands of immigrants lived during their stay there. The army has a base on most of the land that was used for the camp.
The grounds are now the home of many kangaroos including the three in the photo.
The Bonegilla Migrant Experience has a website. Click here to see it.