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The ultimate guide to Albury

Noreuil Park, AlburyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Relax and enjoy a riverside picnic at Noreuil Park, Albury.

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The ultimate
guide to Albury

Noreuil Park, Albury CREDIT: Destination NSW

Relax and enjoy a riverside picnic at Noreuil Park, Albury.

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The city of Albury is home to a thriving cultural scene, as well as plenty of food, wine and adventure in and around the mighty Murray River, less than six hours’ drive southwest of Sydney. You’ll also find great accommodation options, from a luxury spa retreat to historic B&Bs. Here’s how to plan your visit.

Highlights: 

  • Dine on delicious local produce, including Murray cod 
  • Canoe or kayak down the mighty Murray River 
  • Discover Albury’s booming arts scene 

Where to eat and drink 

Fuel up for the morning at Brothers Cup, a small-batch coffee roastery and espresso bar in North Albury, or grab brunch at Mr Benedict near the Botanic Gardens, where the specialty is, you guessed it, eggs smothered in house-made Hollandaise sauce (with a mimosa or bloody Mary on the side).  

For lunch, stock up for a riverside picnic with savoury bites from Ebden & Olive in South Albury, bakery treats from Nord Bakery next door (try the sourdough and the Danish pastries), and smoked trout from the Murray River Smokehouse. You can also feast on Murray cod or locally sourced beef at The River Deck, a café overlooking the river in Noreuil Park. 

At the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Canvas offers all-day dining in a light-filled space, and its garden setting is perfect for an afternoon cocktail after exploring the gallery. For modern European-style dining, make a reservation at Bistro Selle on Olive Street. Its menu focuses on regional, seasonal produce, along with an extensive international and Australian wine list.  

For a casual dinner, the house-made dumplings at Hapi Dumplings on Dean Street are renowned, or head to the pub: Public House has bistro favourites such as pizza, schnitzels and burgers, and live music Thursday to Saturday. You can also take a seat at the bar, in the bistro or in the lush beer garden at the Astor Hotel Motel, which has undergone a major renovation.  

Where to play 

If you love adventure, there are plenty of ways to experience the mighty Murray River. Hire a kayak or canoe with Murray River Canoe Hire and take a leisurely paddle with a qualified tour guide. Or explore from the shore on a bike or on foot — Albury has 50km of interlinked on- and-off-road trails to discover.  

A highlight is the 5.3km Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk along the Murray, which is part of the broader Wagirra Trail, where local Aboriginal artists have created works inspired by the unfolding narratives of the Wiradjuri people, including Bogong Moth Migration by Ruth Davys and The Bigger Picture by Katrina Weston. Another great walk is the 3km path among the ancient river gums through the Wonga Wetlands, where you can spy 150 bird species. 

Albury is rich in well-maintained heritage buildings best experienced by downloading the free Albury Historic Building Tour app. There are 21 sites in 13 locations to discover, including the Botanic Gardens and the former Waterstreet Hotel, which served as a quarantine centre during the 1919 Spanish flu outbreak. 

In recent years Albury has experienced a cultural boom, thanks in part to the 2015 opening of the Murray Art Museum Albury — better known as MAMA. This complex is free to visit and has one of the country’s finest collections of contemporary Australian photography; the National Photography Prize is a biennial prize supported by the MAMA Art Foundation. Guided tours of the MAMA collection are available for groups of five or more, and there are regular art talks and film screenings.  

Also worth visiting is Art Partners Australia gallery on David Street, where Australian-resident artists show their work and a new exhibition opens on the first day of each month. 

The River Deck Cafe, Albury CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a meal at River Deck Cafe, Albury.

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The River Deck Cafe, Albury CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a meal at River Deck Cafe, Albury.

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Wagirra Trail and Yindyamurra Sculpture Walk, West Albury CREDIT: Destination NSW

Explore the Wagirra Trail and Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk in Albury.

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Wagirra Trail and Yindyamurra Sculpture Walk, West Albury CREDIT: Destination NSW

Explore the Wagirra Trail and Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk in Albury.

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Where to sleep 

Albury has accommodation for every taste and budget. Definitely worth a drive-by for a photo opportunity (even if you’re not staying) is an updated icon in the heart of the city, the Astor Hotel Motel. Design studio Technē Architecture + Interior Design helped transform this mid-century modern hotel with fabulously retro Palm Springs-style. Another hip hotel option is Atura Albury, where common areas feature pops of colour with sculptural bunnies, cockatoos and flamingos, and guests enjoy free bike hire.  

For a pampering escape, book into Circa 1928, a luxury boutique hotel housed behind the stately columns of the former Commonwealth Bank building. Its day spa is renowned — treat yourself to a soothing bath treatment in a hand-beaten copper bathtub that’s large enough for two.  

Another historic option is the pet-friendly Frauenfelder Cottage, built in 1857. Or sip tea on the verandah at Waverley Bed & Breakfast in central Albury after exploring the city. Built in 1893, it’s an elegant Victorian home with two bedrooms, each with an ensuite.  

For apartment-style self-catering accommodation, consider Quest Albury, where there’s a choice of studios, and apartments of up to three bedrooms. Road trippers with a caravan or motorhome can set up camp at Big4 Albury Tourist ParkAlbury Gardens Tourist Park or Albury All Seasons Tourist Park

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) CREDIT: Destination NSW

Exterior view of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) and QE2 Square in Albury.

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Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) CREDIT: Destination NSW

Exterior view of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) and QE2 Square in Albury.

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Noreuil Park, Albury CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a riverside picnic at Noreuil Park, Albury.

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Noreuil Park, Albury CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a riverside picnic at Noreuil Park, Albury.

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