The best place to begin all good adventures is of course with a great feed. Luckily for you, the twin towns of Albury Wodonga, flanking the NSW and Victorian side of the mighty Murray River know just how to ensure you’re sufficiently filled with activities and food.
Start your morning with a stroll through the Albury Wodonga Farmers Market held every Saturday at the Gateway Village Wodonga from 8am until midday. Arm yourself with a tote and stock up on fresh and seasonal goodies straight from the farm - perfect to enjoy over the weekend.
Now that you’re fuelled up and ready, make your way a little further north to Woomargama National Park, the largest protected area west of the Great Dividing Range.
You’ll need a 4WD to navigate into most of the national park, especially if you’re planning to stay overnight at one of the two campgrounds; Samuel Bollard and Tin Mines. Once you’ve arrived, be assured that the slightly bumpy drive-in gifts a peaceful and quiet stay amongst many wildflowers and native animals, including a number of endangered species and plenty of bird life.
For sweeping views from the Murray Valley, to the Snowy Mountains, Norths Lookout is located about 1000m above sea level, keeping in mind you’ll need a 4WD or a pair of trusty hiking boots to access the viewpoint. You can see for miles over the impressive Australian landscape, and with the help of the interpretive board, you can identify key landmarks.
Set up camp at Tin Mines campground, a grassy clearing on the banks of Basin Creek in Woomargama National Park. The site is equipped with picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water and toilets and is known to be frequented by local wallabies, wombats and echidnas. The campsite is also located along a few walking tracks, perfect for exploring further during the day or heading out birdwatching with a pair of binoculars.
The Hume and Hovell track also passes through the national park if you’re looking for a challenge. The 426km multi-day walking trail follows the footsteps of colonial Australians and is steeped in indigenous history from Yass to Albury.