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City Spotlight: Moving to the Twin Cities of Albury and Wodonga

City Spotlight: Moving to the Twin Cities of Albury and Wodonga

ogether, the twin cities of Albury in New South Wales and Wodonga in Victoria form an urban area. As of june 2014, the population was close to 90,000. The popular is very evenly split between the two cities. The Murray River separates the two cities and so does the border between New South Wales and Victoria. Even though the two cities are in different states, they form one unique community. The cities have built up transportation to connect the two cities and makes travel back and forth very simple. The cities are located a little over 450 km southwest of Sydney and 326 km northeast of Melbourne. Off in the distance to the south, you can see the mountains of Victoria’s alpine region.

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Albury from Monument Hill Photo Credit: “Albury from Monument Hill 3” by Thennicke – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons

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Albury Panorama Photo Credit: “Panorama of Albury” by Thennicke – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

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Lake Hume Photo Credit: “Lake Hume from the air in summer” by thennicke – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

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Aerial View of Wodonga Photo Credit: “Wodonga-victoria-aerial” by Wongm – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Hiring a Moving Truck in Albury

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Albury and Wodonga Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Victoria and New South Wales Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Albury Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au

If you are moving to the Albury and Wodonga region or within the community, you can hire a moving truck or moving van at the Albury city Budget Trucks location  or rent your moving vehicle from the Albury Airport Budget Trucks location. Check out those links for rate quotes and visit our site to see about moving truck rental deals. Once you move here, you can explore the nearby travel spots where you might spend your weekends or holidays relaxing. We have written about quite a few of them on our Budget Travel Tips Blog:

Holiday in Historic Beechworth

Best Road Trips: The Great Alpine Road

Scenic Drive in the Snowy Mountains

Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains

Soar High in Namadgi National Park

Top 10 Ski Resorts in Australia

The Murray River Region: 2500 Kilometres of Australia’s Life Stream

Albury’s Transportation Hub

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Albury Railway Tracks and Long Platform Photo Credit: “Albury railway station tracks and platform” by Thennicke – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons

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Lake Hume Dam Photo Credit: “Hume Dam 1 Stevage” by Steve Bennett (stevage) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons

Albury is located along the Hume Highway and is a major transit point for interstate commerce. As you can see, the community is a halfway point between Sydney and Melbourne. The Spirit of Progress Bridge transports drivers over the Murray River and through the region. The railway has been present in Albury since the late 1800’s and is still an important means of transportation today.

Albury and Wodonga Industries

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Albury Botanical Gardens Photo Credit: “Albury botanical gardens 2” by Thennicke – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons

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Albury War Memorial Photo Credit: “Albury war memorial afar” by Thennicke – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

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Wodonga Water Tower and War Memorial Photo Credit: “WoodlandGroveWodonga” by No machine-readable author provided. Blarneytherinosaur assumed (based on copyright claims). – No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims).. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Commons

If you are moving to Albury or Wodonga, it is likely for a job in one of the main industries there. Albury is an administrative centre for the many different agricultural communities in the region. Other businesses in the city include the Norske Skog newsprint paper mill, a car engineering plant, one of the Australian Taxation Office’s major processing centres, Hume Bank, The Commercial Club Albury, and many other smaller industries. Tourism is also an important industry for the region with local tourist spots like the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, the Beechworth and Yackandandah old goldfield towns, wine country, and fishing or boating in the lakes and rivers in the region, especially the Murray River. Wodonga is one of the fastest growing cities in Victoria and has some major secondary industries based there like LOGIC logistics distributions hub, the cattle market, the Mars Corporation pet food factory, Visy can factory, Visy Board cardboard box factory, and several other businesses.

Albury and Wodonga Climate

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Albury Climate Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Albury and Wodonga have very similar climate since they are so close to each other. The region gets all four seasons and has a warm, temperate climate. The winters are cool to mild and the summers are very warm to hot. The climates listed here were observed at the Albury Airport. The average high temperatures range between 25°C  and 31°C. The average low temperatures in winter range between 3°C and 5°C. The annual rainfall in the region is about 700 mm and Albury sees about 108 days of clear sunshine each year.

History

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Albury Railway Station Photo Credit: “AlburyRailwayStation” by No machine-readable author provided. Matilda assumed (based on copyright claims). – No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims).. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons

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Albury Regent Theatre Photo Credit: “AlburyRegentTheatre” by Mattinbgn – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Albury and Wodonga have a rich history. Albury was settled by Europeans in 1838. It was a frontier town for some time, being a major stopping point and junction for travellers in the region who followed the Murray River. Since it is in between the capitals Melbourne and Sydney, it became an important city that grew steadily and is still growing today. Many of the original buildings in the city still stand today making for a large number of heritage buildings and very interesting historic colonial architecture. There are a total of 17 heritage buildings in Albury including the Public School, Soden’s Hotel Australia, ANZ Bank, the Railway Station and many buildings that are more than 100 years old still stand today.

Tips for Moving to any City in Australia

These are some general moving tips and advice if you are moving to any city in Australia. The important thing is to plan ahead, get organised, and don’t wait for the last minute when you are moving.

  • Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Obtain a visa if you are going to need one.
  • Get an international free email address so that you will be able to keep in touch. Checkout Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
  • Connect with a relocation agent to help you find a job and a place to live.
  • Start going through your clothing and other belongings to see what you can sell or giveaway before it’s time to pack.
  • If you are moving from another country, check the compatibility of your appliances. Australia uses voltage 220-240 volts.
  • Start to inventory the items you are taking and see if you have receipts for those items.
  • Start getting quotes for renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company and decide which one is best for you.
  • Ask about the cost marine insurance. This is based on the value of the things you are taking.
  • Take pictures of everything you are moving, especially the more expensive items to keep a record for insurance purposes.
  • Make a checklist and a calendar and stick to them.

Here are some other city spotlights we have covered for other cities in Australia:

City spotlights in Queensland: Brisbane, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast.

City spotlights in New South Wales: Sydney, Wollongong, Maitland, Newcastle, and Tweed Heads.

City spotlights in Victoria: Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, and Bendigo

City Spotlight: Canberra

City Spotlight: Perth

City Spotlight: Adelaide

City Spotlight: Darwin

City Spotlight Alice Springs

City Spotlight: Hobart

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