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Twice the Place: Twice the Time

At Wodonga Albury, the Hume Highway - Australia’s busiest national transport corridor - crosses the Murray. Wodonga is 320km north-east of Melbourne, 558km south-west of Sydney and 343km south-west of Canberra.

As a meeting point of contrasts and cultures its significance stretches way back to the first Aboriginal inhabitants who gathered here long before the arrival of Europeans.

For many years, Wodonga Albury has been singled out by travellers to break their journey overland from Melbourne to Sydney. In fact, Hamilton Hume and William Hovell passed through the area in 1824 and the famous ‘Hovell Tree’, in which Hovell carved his initials, still stands on the banks of the Murray River at Albury.

In Wodonga today you can enjoy at stroll around its modern and contemporary street fronts. Head over to Belvoir Park for a relaxing time. Complete with a great playground every child will love. Picnic or have yourself a BBQ on the lake bank. Complete with a walking/path track and dog park Belvoir Park is a great place to relax and unwind.

Bonegilla Migrant Experience, a stone’s throw east of Wodonga, was Australia’s largest post Second World War migrant reception centre. Over 320,000 new Australians came through this camp from 1947 to 1971 Much of this rich history has been captured in the Bonegilla Collection at the local Albury LibraryMuseum and part of the original site, Block 19, has been preserved as a memorial.

One of the largest and most diversified Army Museums in Australia, the Army Museum Bandiana was established in 1976 and is housed in a Second World War building which was built in 1940 and was part of a major supply depot storing vehicles and artillery. This is a museum that will surprise you by the sheer size of the collection, including machine guns, pistols and a historic vehicle display.

A museum that has something for everyone, be they young or old or somewhere in between. This is an up close and personal experience not to be missed.

Day Trips

The choice of day trips from Wodonga is extensive. In winter, it is even possible to slip up to the ski slopes and be back in plenty of time for dinner. Other alternatives include a day in the Rutherglen Wine region sampling their robust reds and famous fortifieds; a tour of the significant Ned Kelly sites at Beechworth, Glenrowan and Jerilderie; or a road trip around the quirky historic villages that make up the region to the north.

Lake Hume

Lake Hume holds 5 times as much water as Sydney Harbour. Work began on the Hume Dam in 1919 at the site of the junction of the Murray and Mitta Rivers and completed in 1936. The Hume Dam was the Commonwealth Government’s most ambitious public project at the time and took 17 years to build. It was built using horse power, steam engines and manual labour and was constructed to ensure water supplies for irrigation, conservation and regulation downstream.

Main Events/Festivals

  • Chryslers On The Murray - March
  • Wodonga Show and Rural Lifestyle Fair - March
  • Border Camping and RV Expo - August
  • City of Wodonga Children’s Fair - October
  • Border Bike Festival - October/November

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Services

  • Chemist • Ambulance • Vet • Taxi • Police • Hospital & Clinics • Fuel/Gas
  • Population: 16,487 (2011)

Wodonga Visitor Information Centre Hovell Street
69 Hovell Street, Wodonga VIC 3690 | Phone: 1300 796 222


Distances km:

Melbourne 320 • Sydney 558 • Canberra 343 • Adelaide 910
Albury 7 • Corryong 122 • Rutherglen 44 • Yarrawonga 91


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