Day 1 - 2
Start your journey in the Albury Wodonga region, where European explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell crossed the river in 1824 on an expedition to find a way between Sydney and Bass Strait; you can still see a tree marked by the explorers in Albury’s Hovell Tree Park.
Discover Albury’s fascinating heritage on a self-guided walking tour of central Albury’s historic landmarks: download the free app from Visit Albury Wodonga.
Albury Wodonga also had a significant role in post-war Australia, as it was near here that Australia’s largest migrant centre was established, becoming the first ‘Aussie home’ to over 300,000 migrants from more than 50 countries. At Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park, guides will take you through this fascinating era of multicultural Australia.
Also worth a visit is the Army Museum Bandiana, the largest and most diverse military museum in Australia.
Take time to head 60km north of Albury to explore the unique Holbrook Submarine Musuem, which features HMAS Otway, a control room, a working periscope and 3D hologram experience of tales of life in a submarine. On the return journey, take a guided tour through the fascinating Jindera Pioneer Museum.
Driving west, stop in at the historic town of Howlong and walk the ‘historic circuit’ before moving on to Corowa, which played a unique part in Australia’s Federation. Visit the Federation Museum for the full story. Across the river, Rutherglen is renowned for its award-winning wineries and has some interesting goldrush-era architecture.
- Albury – Holbrook: 60km, 40 minutes
- Albury – Corowa: 57km, 45 minutes