|Canberra - Albury|
Taking you from the national capital to Wagga Wagga and Albury, on the banks of the Murray River, this Riverina journey encompasses a great variety of attractions - everything from art galleries to river cruises.
Drive north out of Canberra on the Barton Highway and take the Yass turnoff. At the centre of ‘Wool Country’, this attractive town offers several attractions - historic Cooma Cottage, an emu farm, and a couple of museums and galleries. From here, take the Hume Highway to Gundagai, home of the legendary ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’.
Then, if you have time, there’s a pleasant detour to Tumut & Cooma. Tumut is a charming town that's famous for its deciduous trees and excellent trout fishing - and Yarrangobilly Caves in the Snowy Mountains region. Cooma at the heart of the Snowy Mountains has much to offer visitors. They are attracted to the snow in winter and the cool fresh air of the mountains in summer.
Beyond the Tumut turnoff, the Sturt Highway leads to Wagga Wagga, the ‘Cultural Centre of the Riverina’. This large settlement offers galleries, museums, botanic gardens, wineries and an RAAF Museum. You can then follow the Hume Highway to Albury via Holbrook, a popular ultra light aircraft centre, or meander through tranquil farmland along the Olympic Highway. The latter route takes you via Henty, the 1914 birthplace of the revolutionary farm machinery known as the ’Taylor header’. Beyond here, Culcairn is at the heart of the region once terrorised by notorious bushranger Dan ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan, and Table Top is home to the ramshackle Ettamogah Pub, inspired by the old cartoons, and the Ettamogah Sanctuary wildlife park.
Together with its Victorian neighbour, Wodonga, Albury forms one of the state’s largest inland centres. In a pleasant setting on the Murray River, the city offers a Regional Museum and Art Centre, peaceful botanic gardens, the Hume Weir Trout Farm, and the entertaining Frog Hollow leisure park - the perfect place for children.
Then take a short detour to Corowa, 'the birthplace of Federation'. Located in the heart of the majestic Murray region and just minutes away from the Rutherglen wine area. Take the opportunity to meander through the renowned wineries of the Rutherglen region or sample the varied cuisines offered by the excellent local restaurants.
Where to Stay
Time required: 2 days are recommended