Wodonga Tourism & Travel
Twinned with Albury in New South Wales, on the other side of the mighty Murray River, Wodonga is in Victoria some 300 km from Melbourne; together the twin towns have a population of some 100,000 souls.
Wodonga - Attractions
For the history buff, many local museums and art galleries wait to be discoveredand the Botanical Gardens in Albury-Wodonga has some interesting flora species including a pine, which grew from a seed taken at Lone Pine in Gallipoli. The Royal Australian Army Ordinance Corps general museum is located in an authentic WWII supply depot, the Army Museum at Bandiana, near Wodonga. The museum was established in 1976 and is the largest and most diversified military museum in Australia. On the outskirts of Albury-Wodonga, a quaint old pub retains all the character of a woolshed; the original woodwork, pen gates; shearing stands, corrugated iron and 'Ferrier' wool press were used in the restoration. Once a main trade port for paddle steamers, the Murray River is now very much a part of Albury Wodonga's relaxed and attractive lifestyle with the replica Paddle Steamer Cumberoona, offering hourlong tours of the Murray River and parklands along its banks. Today, Albury Wodonga is the gateway to the Murray River; a thriving modern city with a laid-back country style and a charming mix of heritage buildings, parks and gardens and tree-lined streets.
Wodonga - Nearby Attractions
The Murray River flows between the twin cities and on through magnificent unspoiled landscapes of rolling valleys, hills and fertile plains and farmlands. The Wonga Wetlands at Albury-Wodonga is a special place for birdwatchers, naturalists, photographers and bushwalkers and features 600-year-old Murray River red gums. Discover Lake Hume, holding 6 times more water than Sydney Harbour the lake is a magnet for fishing fiends and water lovers.
Wodonga - High Country Wineries
Fine wines and gourmet foods are produced in abundance with fresh local produce in the wine and high country of Victoria. James Halliday of the Australian Wine Atlas declared: 'It is truly remarkable that virtually every observer I have ever spoken to or read pays unstinting homage to the Muscats and Tokays of North Eastern Victoria. These are wines of superb quality; they are a unique style among the great fortified wines of the world. And they are enormously, indeed dangerously, enjoyable.' The Muscats and Tokays of Rutherglen are widely regarded as standing with the greatest wines in the world; of being the icons of their category. Leading international wine judge Robert Parker Jnr considered both Chambers Rare Muscat and Rare Tokay to be perfect; awarding the extremely rare accolade of the perfect score of 100 out of a 100. From Rutherglen to Glenrowan and the King Valley, wineries are emerging offering cold climate wines. Many offer the visitor the opportunity to taste and buy quality wines at the Cellar Door; All Saints Estate, Anderson Winery, Buller Wines or Rutherglen Estates at Rutherglen. In the beautiful King Valley are Politini Wines, Boggy Creek Vineyards, Avalon Vineyard and the fabled Brown Brother Milawa Vineyard. The quaint country town of Glenrowan offers Auldstone Cellars, Baileys Bundarra Vineyards, booth's Taminich Cellars, Buffalo Mountain Wines and the HJT Vineyards.