The Albury Wodonga region is situated on the River Murray in the foothills of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, almost midway between Sydney and Melbourne. The area is populated above the river flats of the Murray River about 160 metres (539 feet) above sea level.
The region is easily accessible by road, rail and air, with numerous regional main roads and highways radiating from the Albury Wodonga hub, making it a major transit point of interstate commerce.
The region surrounding Albury Wodonga provides a wide variety of tourist attractions, including the Rutherglen wineries, the historic goldfields towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah, the Hume Weir, boating and fishing on the many rivers and lakes, the forests of the Great Dividing Range and is within driving distance of many of Australia's snowfields. A paddle steamer runs tours along the Murray during the summer, and the city's War Memorial, Monument Hill, provides a good view of Albury.
The Hume Dam on the Murray River is a key attraction to the area. The dam creates the Hume Lake which is stocked with introduced species of fish, mainly redfin and trout. It’s also popular for water skiing, and several holiday resorts are scattered around the upper reaches of the lake catering for fishing and skiers.
The River Murray is Australia’s second longest river and is part of the biggest waterway system the Murray-Darling river system, reaching into inland New South Wales, Victoria and Southern Queensland. The river separates the cities of Albury and Wodonga, acting as a crossroad to the nations busiest interstate roadway, the Hume Highway.
Popular themes that attract visitors from around the globe include its unique heritage and culture, nature and environment, food and wine, golf and sport.
It’s centralized location make it an ideal destination for holidays, conventions and recreational enthusiasts.
The region has a warm and temperate, four-season climate, with cool to mild winters averaging about 14 degrees Celsius and very warm to hot summers averaging about 30 degrees Celsius. There is significant climatic variation throughout the region with inland plains to the west being hotter and drier, while to the east the range is notably cooler and wetter.