Sister cities, Albury and Wodonga straddle Australia’s most famous river, the Murray, on the New South Wales/Victoria boarder, in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range.
A major regional area, Albury Wodonga is accessible by Australia’s busiest interstate roadway, the Hume Highway and is a gateway to the Rutherglen wineries, the historic goldfield towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah, the Hume Weir, and several snowfields.
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Albury has a lively and multi-faceted foodie culture… Fine dining restaurants complement historic pubs, while community-minded clubs sit alongside trendy cafes.
A strong European influence resonates throughout the city’s eateries. Delicatessens like Deli Piccante, D'Delli and Butt’s Gourmet Smokehouse showcase new Australian culinary customs. Fine-dining establishments such as Adamshurst Restaurant and Tuileries serve contemporary cross-cultural menus. While the region’s famed wineries proudly highlight a charming migrant history.
Perfectly balancing the area’s evident European influence, are a number of pubs that shout regional Australia as its best. The famous, comically designed, Ettamogah Pub is a great place to chow down and share a story. As is The New Albury Hotel – one of Albury's most popular meeting places.
A match made in heaven, the region’s winemaking traditions are flawlessly complemented by another distinct regional speciality… cheese. For a taste of Albury’s finest, swing by the Riverina Cheese Shop, where cheese and yoghurt are made onsite daily.
Despite its regional location Albury Wodonga has a thriving shopping culture. As Australia’s major retail hub between Melbourne and Canberra, the region features everything from large malls to small boutiques, markets to megastores, and local producers to international importers.
Albury’s CBD is the region's main retail centre. Most of the area’s commercial activity is focused here, with specialty stores and major national retailers catering for all tastes.
Take a stroll along Albury’s main street, Dean Street to experience the best in local shopping. Dean Street runs east west, with the east end referred to as “Station End”, and the west end referred to as “Monument End”. Most of the shopping action lies at Station End, with the surrounding streets of Young, David, Olive and Kiewa all housing a plethora of specialty stores – including sporting and clothing shops and entertainment and leisure retail chains.
Also located in the CBD are major the shopping hubs Centro Albury and the Myer City Centre. Swing by Centro for a wide variety of fashion, accessories and home wares; or drop into the Myer City Centre, where the centre’s namesake, Australian department giant Myer, sits among over 60 specialty stores.