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The best of village life

Just an easy half hour drive east towards Finley and Albury is the village of Blighty. What Blighty lacks in size (the population of Blighty and surrounds is somewhere around 400), is more than made up for in community spirit. While the village doesn’t have any shops, what it does have tells you all you need to know: a primary school, a pub and an Australian Rules football ground and netball courts – and that means family, community and friendliness.

For a taste of local life, stop in for a drink or a hearty meal at the Blighty Hotel – chicken parmigianas are a specialty. On weekends, they might have a barbecue going in the beer garden, and you might even get roped into a friendly pool competition.

Speaking of football, a great way to spend a winter Saturday is with the locals around the oval, supporting the mighty Redeyes. Country football and netball clubs are the glue for small Aussie towns, and every second Saturday it’s a home game at Blighty.