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The Albury-Wodonga region is a thriving area and has long been recognised as being the entrance to the Murray River. These twin cities sit alongside the New South Wales and Victorian border. Albury is on the New South Wales side of the border and was once a thriving hub for both rail and riverboat traffic. In contrast, Wodonga on the Victorian side of the border was once the largest stock-selling and shipping centres in Australia.
Today, both cities are thriving communities with the once busy paddle steamer trade route of the Murray River now featuring a more relaxed lifestyle highlighting the past and with the conveniences of the present day. The town is surrounded by lush countryside, beautiful valleys with mountains in the distance. Venture up to Huon Hill to get the full impact of the panoramic views on offer.
A strong indigenous culture is present in the community with the Wiradjuri people calling this area known around the Murray River as Bungambrawatha, home. Rich artefacts of the Yeddonba and the Duduroa peoples are found in rock carvings and paintings in the area around Mt. Pilot.
Albury sits astride one of Australia’s greatest rivers and is located at the heart of a collection of historic villages. It is in close proximity to Lake Hume, an aquatic playground for fishing, camping and boating. Albury is a great starting point to venture out to the Australian Alps or the world-famous Rutherglen Wine Region.
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Mungabareena Ngan-Girra Festival is an annual event held in November. Traditionally, the indigenous peoples would meet at Mungabareena to perform ceremonies. Discuss tribal lore and exchanging goods. Following the meeting, they would travel to the high country and feast on the migrating Bogong Moths. This festival has now become an annual cultural show exploring the traditional indigenous cultures. Enjoy traditional singers and dancers as well as the traditional boomerang and spear throwing performances. There are many indigenous stalls and displays. Why not try some traditionally prepared bush tucker?
The Albury Gold Cup is Australia’s fastest growing country race meeting and has been called the ‘Melbourne Cup’ of the bush. The carnival is held in April over two days culminating in the $100,000 Albury Gold Cup feature race. There are hotly contested fashions of the field with top quality entries to rival most race meetings. While having the sophistication of a racing event, the Albury Gold Cup has retained the wonderful experience of country racing. Take this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the races in a natural country setting.
The Applause Street Theatre & Buskers Festival hits the streets of Albury in October. It is a dazzling blend of circle shows, music, amateur performers, pavement art, community activities and circus skill workshops. A wonderful opportunity for participation by festival buskers who are always warmly welcomed, with dedicated performance sites for these acts. The festival culminates in a final Applause concert which is a celebration of the day time performances.
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Qantaslink, Regional Express (REX) and Virgin Blue airlines provide services through Sydney. Daily flights through Melbourne are provided by Regional Express. Brindabella Airlines provide services Sunday to Friday through Canberra.