The twin cities of Albury Wodonga are situated on opposite sides of the Murray River, on the border of NSW and Victoria – Albury in NSW and Wodonga in Victoria.
The region’s first people are the Wiradjuri people. The name Wodonga is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘bulrushes’. Hunting groups would often travel long distances to meet with the Wiradjuri people near the river. Meeting at Albury Wodonga still remains an important tradition.
European settlement began in the 1830’s with the development of cattle stations. Other agricultural industries followed soon after. The area grew quickly with the discovery of gold in 1851 – shortly afterwards the township of Wodonga was established, and paddle steamers began to transport goods along the river. Many of the historic buildings that still remain were built during this period also. Construction of the Hume Dam began in 1919, and was completed in 1936.
After World War II many Europeans settled in the area, bringing their traditions and lover of food and wine. The fertile land and good climate enabled production of fruits, vegetables, and other fresh produce. A huge number of fabulous dining options are in the cities, showcasing local produce. Wine regions of Rutherglen and Wahgunyah are close by.
The Murray River is a major attraction in the area with fishing, water sports and boating enthusiasts. There are also many kilometres of walking and cycling paths in the area.
Please contact the health service directly for any accommodation they may have available for students.
There are many other accommodation options in Albury Wodonga, from Cabins at the Caravan Parks to reasonably priced hotels. See the following websites for more information.
The following websites provide a little more information about the Albury Wodonga townships and region:
Thanks to Mattinbgn from Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.