Begin your weekend with a trip to the Albury Wodonga farmers’ market, where stalls filled with seasonal fruits, berries, and baked goods are the perfect fuel for an adventurous day. You can then stroll along the gum-lined River on the Wagirra Trail or Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk to see the thought-provoking art created by local Aboriginal artists. Yindyamarra (also known as Indyamarra) is a philosophy that focuses on respect. It’s a must-see in Wiradjuri Country.
Thirsty Devil Brewery is a relaxing microbrewery that offers a variety of aromatic ales and finger-licking foods. The venue is also a good place to listen to live music and has a rotating food truck. If you want to enjoy a meal with stunning views, then try The River Deck, which offers modern Australian cuisine and waterfront seating. Albury has a wide range of restaurants to choose from. You may need to take a stroll and nap in the afternoon to digest.
You’d be forgiven if you thought you had snuck over to Europe at the elegant Bistro Selle. Choose a buttery Australian Chardonnay to complement warm Gooramadda Olives, or go for fresh market fish or goat ragu. Yardbird serves up a menu of bold flavors, including dishes such as chickpea panna cotta with tempura zucchini and Persian feta. Meats are grilled in an oven with a Spanish wood fire. If you prefer a meal of Italian share dishes, Norma wine + pasta has a great vibe. The food is creative and goes beyond the amazing house-made spaghetti (nearly everything can be made gluten-free).
Then, head back to the Astor Motel, a funky Californian-inspired hotel that has just undergone a renovation. It now serves gourmet pub food and offers piping hot chocolate brownies at the bar. You have to see the exterior of this motel to believe it, so plan a photo shoot in the morning.
Day Two Key Facts:
Corowa Distilling Co. can be found at:
- 20-24 Steel St, Corowa NSW 2646
- The drive is only 45 minutes (59km) from Albury
Corowa is less than an hour’s drive from Albury, perched on the bend of the Murray River. This is cowboy land. Grab a bike at the Corowa Visitor Centre to pedal past historic buildings such as the Rex Theatre and Corowa Courthouse. You can also head to the riverfront: Corowa Lagoon offers a lovely beach along the River, and Rovers Park provides a great place for picnics and long lunches. Canoes and kayaks can be hired from the local caravan parks.
Corowa Distilling Co. is a beautifully renovated 1920s mill on the banks of the River. Two friends transformed the heritage-listed building from an abandoned structure into a world-class whisky distillery. It produces small batches of premium spirits using locally sourced barley and grain.
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at distilling and then taste some of the unique flavors of whisky and limited edition releases. Breakfast and lunchtime also feature a seasonal menu. You can indulge in a variety of sweets at the hotel’s chocolate factory. A generous selection of truffles, chocolate bars, and other candies will balance the complexity of malts, Bourbons, and Ryes.
Stay at the hotel circa 1936 and enjoy a 19th-century accommodation experience. You’ll feel transported back in time with the Art Deco decor and high ceilings made of pressed metal. You can choose from a variety of rooms, all of which are private, wealthy, and filled with 1930s banker charm. After you’ve chosen your room, head to the cocktail bar to enjoy a nightcap. Then, retire to your Instaworthy suite to soak in the tub.
DAY THREE : YARRAWONGA MULWALA
Day Three Key Facts:
Lake Mulwala can be found at:
- Melbourne St, NSW 2647
- Corowa is a 30-minute (40km) drive away
Lake Mulwala is our destination today. It’s a serene and picturesque waterway punctured with a forest of flooded trees, which creates striking visuals. You can rent a canoe or kayak from any of the numerous watersports shops located in the twin town of Yarrawonga. If you get to the lake early enough, the sunrise is a magical experience.
No boat license is required to enjoy lunch on the water on the Lake Mulwala barby boat. You and up to 12 friends can hop on their craft and fire up a barbecue, then cruise around the lake. The boat comes with music speakers, fishing licenses, and a barbecue. But you will need to bring your rods if the goal is to catch some perch or Murray Cod.
Blacksmith Provedore is a lakefront restaurant with fairy lights that’s perfect for those who prefer a steady ground. Menus change frequently, but the pizzas, made with homemade dough, are always delicious. Enjoy a cocktail and a day of indulgence in the Murray.