Albury & Wodonga are twin towns located on either side of the Victoria – New South Wales border. Situated in the shores of the Murray River-the longest river in Australia-the area is very popular among tourists because of its eclectic range of attractions that appeal to travellers of all ages and interests.
While water sports and recreational fishing are among the top activities in Albury, the town can actually surprise you with its array of sightseeing delights and historic landmarks. So if you haven’t finalized your road trip itinerary to Albury yet, we are more than willing to help you explore this beautiful town in your Apollo Motorhome.
So how do you start exploring Albury in a motorhome rental? Well, a self-drive holiday to the region should always start with a visit to the Albury Railway Station.
BY Stephen Michael Barnett
Considered as the most magnificent railway in Australia, the station’s design is a true reflection of colonial New South Wales. Marvel at the structure’s beauty by walking the entire length of the platform, which by the way, is among the longest in the country. The station is also the ideal starting point when you’re out to explore Albury since it is an easy walking distance to the town’s travel centre. Local tourist attractions on the other hand, are just a few minutes drive away.
A mere 5 minute drive from the railway station is the Albury Botanic Gardens, where you can sit back and enjoy four hectares of award-winning greenery with your loved ones.
If you’re travelling with your children, they would be delighted with the Children’s Garden that features a troll cave, a fairy temple and a life-sized dinosaur! Although it is estimated that over 200,00 tourists visit every year, the gardens are never crowded and facilities are well-maintained throughout the year.
Park your motorhome rental and bring out a picnic lunch, you know you deserve the time to rest. Let the kids explore and enjoy the open grounds while you sit on the grass and appreciate nature at its most beautiful.
After your picnic, or if your kids are up for more adventures and sightseeing, get everyone back into the motorhome for a quick drive up Monument Hill. Offering sweeping views of Central Albury, the area is hailed by travellers the world over as a photographer’s haven, so double check your camera’s batteries before heading up the hill.
Monument Hill is also home to the Albury War Memorial, built in dedication to the men and women who served Australia during World War I. Designed in 1923 by architect Louis Harrison, the memorial was completed a year later in 1924. Apart from its rich history, Memorial Hill also has something to offer nature lovers. Take the time to appreciate the wildlife and plants surrounding the area by strolling down the hill’s walking trails.
Walking along the observation platforms at Hume Dam is another thing you should not miss doing in Albury. Located 16 kilometres from the Town Centre, the dam supplies water to the entire region, as well as one-third of Australia’s water and irrigation needs. The dam is 100 percent safe for walking with young children, and is also a popular biking trail among locals and tourists.
But strolling along the Hume dam is not the only thing you can do in the area. There is absolutely no reason for you to miss Lake Hume, for one thing it is only five minutes away from Hume Dam and there are plenty of areas you can park your motorhome, so you can go out and enjoy the fresh air and spend the day by the shore. The lake is deeper than Sydney Harbour and is a favourite among water sports enthusiasts and recreational boaters.
Whether you are simply passing through or spending a week’s vacation, Albury will not run out of beautiful places for you to see or fun activities your entire family will enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Let’s start your Albury road trip by booking an Apollo Motorhome by visiting our Sydney branch for pick up and return details today!