Botanic Gardens, Albury – Photography by Lasting Images
Situated on either side of the Murray River, Albury and Wodonga have a combined population of around 90,000 people. The ‘twin cities’ are home to a rich mix of urban and country culture, historic and contemporary attractions and sit against a picturesque backdrop of mountains, beautiful parklands and of course, the Murray River.
Albury is the second largest inland city in New South Wales. From March 2007, Albury was bypassed by the new Hume Freeway. Founded in 1839, Albury has an estimated population of 51,722 people. The city itself comprises a number of suburbs with central Albury being the hub of commercial activity. Dean Street comprises the main shopping and office district with the cultural precinct surrounding QEII Square including the Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury Performing Arts Centre, Albury Library Museum and the Murray Conservatorium.
Wodonga is situated on the Victorian side of the Murray River with an estimated population of 38,131 people. Originally named Wodonga, its name was changed to Belvoir then later back to Wodonga. It is strategically placed between Melbourne and Sydney on the Hume Hwy and has easy access to nearby wineries, historic towns and rich agricultural valleys and parkland reserves.
Named number 4 in a 2013 study of Australia’s most family-friendly cities, Albury-Wodonga performed well in the areas of housing affordability, health and a sense of community. Regional areas such as Albury-Wodonga were found to have a better balance of job opportunities, income, school sizes and lower crime rates.
The traditional owners of the Murray River area near Albury Wodonga are the Wiradjuri people. There are now only few remainders of the Wiradjuri peoples thousands of years of occupation in the area. The Indigenous population of Albury Wodonga is just 1.6% compared with the national figure of 2.4%.
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