A beautiful regional town with wide streets lined in exotic trees, a significant preserved streetscape of historic houses both public & residential dating back to the 19th Century
Words by Sibella Court | Photography by Chris Court | In partnership with Destination NSW and Visit Albury Wodonga
Local Stone : Granite country
Autumn is a perfect time to visit with crisp misty mornings and exotic tree-lined streets showing off their autumnal foliage
Temp 8-19 degrees
Very easy driving town
Be sure to make dinner reservations, as the restaurants are full & vibrant
A quick morning flight from Sydney, arrive in town by 10am
Albury CBD Historic Building Walking Tour
Get your bearings of the town by downloading the app for the self-guided walking tour of Albury’s built past. A lovely way to familiarise yourself with the town and its preserved historical buildings, houses, shop fronts and train station – be sure to pop into the waiting room for a look.
Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)
The regional museum combines heritage features of the original town hall which it resides in, with light filled new contemporary spaces of its recent redevelopment. The gallery specialises in photography and holds the National Photography Prize, as well as the curation of its exhibition space celebrating all forms of contemporary art. On my visit, Brook Garru Andrew’s DIWIL occupied the downstairs gallery with the centrepiece GARRU NGAJUU NGAAY - magpie, I see. The newly commissioned lines of work are directly applied to the walls which refer to the patterns & markings used with significance by Wiradjuri and South East First Peoples for millennia.
An upstairs gallery housed ‘Carousel’. A single artwork from their collection resides in a beautiful room to be contemplated & admired in isolation and without the distraction of anything else. Don’t miss the shop, showcasing Australian-made and local artists. I bought a ‘Forest Stone’ of Huon pine by Geoff Willing and a children’s book called ‘Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture’ by Joshua David Stein & illustrated by Julia Rothman.
Housed within Murray Art Museum Albury, a north facing café shrouded in Virginia Creeper, turning the perfect shade of red as we dine outside in the sun. It overlooks the green square and toward the stone St Matthews Church built in 1857-59. We ate autumn salads and Billson’s Ginger beer from Beechworth.
A parred-back Asian street-food offering, with a vibrant kitchen and busy atmosphere. We sat at the long industrial bar and watched the action of the kitchen of young capable staff. We ordered small plates of dumplings and vegetables. Albury is not a sleepy regional town, be sure to make a booking!
The River Deck Café
A perfect spot to view the river looking out onto mature Red Gums, Dutch Elm and London Plane trees.
Eastern Hill Lookout
We set out for sunrise, with the locals and their dogs for company! A magical misty morning with views of the Tabletop Range, the Murray River Flood Plains and beyond. We walked along the ridge as the town woke up under the pink glow of the first rays of the day.
Lake Hume Lookout
We head toward Bethanga on the Victorian side, to watch the sunset over NSW. Park and follow the goat track through the gate and up the steep hill beside the fence and watch the countryside turn golden. A beautiful view over Lake Hume and beyond.
Nail Can Hill
A network of trails sparkly with mica and granite paths. Great views and wandering in the soft palette of the bushlands and some steep hills to get the heart rate up on foot or mountain bike.
Owned & run by Jodie and her 2 daughters. It is in the heart of town and has the old-fashioned publican ethos, in a modern setting and bringing people together i.e no screens or gaming in sight!
Albury Botanic Gardens
An intimate and well-groomed garden bursting with exotic and native specimens. Established in 1877 the 46 metre Queensland Kauri pine, Swamp Cypress from the US, spectacular Gingko & Lone Pine are majestic and well worth a visit and a hug.
Don’t miss The Fern sculpture made from recycled Fallon Cellar timbers on the corner of the gardens by Albury based artist Michael Laubli.
Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk
A 5.3km walking track alongside the Murray River featuring a series of 11 contemporary sculptures created by local First Nations artists lining the Wagirra Trail from Kremur Street to Wonga Wetlands.
Look out for the lively birdlife along the river and wetlands, we saw a squadron of pelicans land and spoonbills.
A wine and pasta bar set in an old milk bar with a simple interior of natural materials, boxes of produce and old-school slated blinds that come up of an evening. Serving small Italian bites and a lovely local wine list.
Recently updated by Melbourne-based design firm, Technē. The original 1960’s vibe of this motel has been retained and catches your eye as you drive past. I loved its colour palette and quickly drove around to have another look!
A Spanish restaurant with classic Churros! We picked up some to go with chocolate dipping sauce and sat under the Gingko in the Botanic gardens for an afternoon pick-me-up after our historical walk.
This became a favourite pit stop for early morning chai and evening tipples. A petite bolthole, with a cosy, intimate fit out full of props and instruments, patiently waiting for jam night of local musicians. Check the hours 6am-noon, late week 4pm-12am, closed Sunday.
A busy local café housed in one of the oldest buildings in Albury and retaining all the nostalgia and charm of times gone-by. It started its life as a saddler and later converted to a butchers shop and looks across the road at the impressive former Farmers & Graziers Wool store.
Wrenwood Gallery and Farm Shop
Housed in a distinctive red painted barn, a short drive out of town set between the rolling hills of Bungowannah and the Murray River. A series of large rooms of well curated produce, vintage & collectibles. I bought a beautiful pair of pre-loved gloves, some local honey and a decanter with an etched ship.
Set inside the historic former Wodonga railway station, Miss Amelie sits on the platform as a fancy waiting room serving delicious food & wine combining classic fare with chef and owner David Kapay's contemporary experience. We had a set menu of oysters, scallops, beef tartare and lemon soufflé before jumping on a plane home.
The Goddess Emporium
I’m a sucker for minerals and stones. This shop has a great selection and dedicated Australian section. I picked up a piece of Mookaite Jasper from Western Australian and a lilac amethyst from Moella Victoria.
Burraja Art Gallery
Set on a busy roundabout in town, this beautiful gallery showcases First Nations artists. The shop itself is an original Art Deco facade and interior that looks like an old department store, well worth an admire alongside the artworks.