Albury and Wodonga are twin cities on the brilliant Murry River in Australia. This regional location is a hub for shopping and entertainment attractions, and it comes to life over the Christmas period.
If you are living in or visiting the Albury – Wodonga region you certainly won’t be disappointed by the offerings over summer and Christmas. Many visitors will also travel into these cities from surrounding rural regions, to benefit from the shopping opportunities that are available.
If you are a visitor, this could be the perfect location for a Christmas get-away. If you are looking to escape the larger capital cities, like Sydney and Melbourne, or you want to avoid the crowds at the beaches, then head to the majestic Murry River, and the cities of Albury and Wodonga.
There are a range of accommodation options for visitors to Albury-Wodonga, including major hotels and motels, however you should also explore the smaller-styled options that include farm-stays, bed and breakfasts, and guest houses. The region is rural and has lots to offer in the form of local produce and hospitality, so check out the local families that are hosting accommodation options, either in town, or within the surrounding areas. You might even enjoy the remoteness of a Christmas on a farm, or country area that is just located outside of the cities themselves.
While many people leave the Albury and Wodonga areas over the summer holiday period, it is still essential to make any bookings will in advance, to avoid disappointment. This includes bookings for accommodation, hire cars that will get you to the surrounding areas, and also bookings for Christmas Day lunch and dinners at hotels or other public venues.
The Murry River also offer cruises that are scenic, informative and relaxing. These operate all year round, and some even run on Christmas Day itself. If you are a local or a visitor to the area, this could be your perfect opportunity for getting out on the water and seeing the sights, through a Christmas Day lunch or dinner cruise that features a wonderful meal, and also music and decorations. There is no need to spend Christmas alone, or at home, when you have opportunities like this to get out in public and spread the Christmas cheer on the water. Just remember though, like all other bookings throughout the summer period, be sure to make them early to avoid disappointment
Christmas Shopping in Albury and Wodonga
Albury and Wodonga is known as the heart of the country, and it offers a shopping paradise to all of the surrounding regional areas, including small towns and farm areas. Many people travel into Albury and Wodonga for their Christmas shopping, and the region comes to life with festivities.
There are many opportunities to shop in Albury and Wodonga. The cities feature major shopping centres and super stores, smaller boutiques and market offerings. You will find the mainstream, the unusual and the special, all within the area of the two cities, and if you need to do a big Christmas shop you won’t be disappointed at what’s on offer.
Major shopping centres are scattered between the two towns, and include Centrol Biralee, Central Lavington and Westend Plaza. You can also find shops in Stanely and High Streets in Wodonga, The Myer City Centre, and Dean Street and Wodonga.
These include major supermarket, specialty fashion outlets, small gourmet food stores, and outlets selling rural produce that will tempt your mouths, including honey, meats, cheeses and wines.
There is a huge appreciation for home-grown and local produce in the Albury and Wodonga regions and foodies will be grateful for everything that the area provides during the Christmas period. If you are planning on a Christmas Day feast, then spend time checking out all of the local stores, both large and small, for the different options that you have to include local produce into your meals.
Stock up on local Christmas wines and beers
The region’s many wineries and breweries also provide special treats for Christmas Day and it might be worth making an effort to drive through them in the months coming up to Christmas. If you are visiting the area, perhaps you could extend your trip for an extra period in advance, and visit the local wineries and breweries, with the intention of stocking up for Christmas and Boxing Days.
Some of the local regions that host wineries and breweries include The Victorian Alps, Kings Valley, Wahgunyah and Rutherlgen. Check out the local tours that will take you and your family through the popular wineries, or if you have a designated driver, then you can hire a car and make your way around them yourself.
While you travel through the wineries, you’ll also be able to soak up the impressive countryside and the Murry River that passes through it. There are many places to stop along the way, including old pubs and cafes, and even the wineries offer restaurants that you can enjoy a meal in.
Christmas Family Fun Day in Albury
The centre of Albury comes to life with season’s greetings and festive cheer over the Christmas season, that is free, conveniently located, and fun for the entire family. The Christmas Family Fun Day that is located in Albury’s central shopping district, QUII Square in Dean Street, offers a range of experiences that will impress young children and adults alike.
You can join in baby animal farmyards, have your face painted, score an animal balloon, participate in plaster crafts and colouring competitions, or simply relax in the surroundings with music, entertainment and food stalls. The streets will be lined with outdoor Christmas trees, illuminated with Christmas lights, and there will be decorations to put the entire family into a good mood, with the spirit of Christmas from Albury and Wodonga.