The twin cities of Albury- Wodonga were built primarily as customs port on the sides of the Murray River. Wodonga is considered to be less prosperous in comparison to Albury and is often termed as the ‘Struggle town’. The economic growth of the region is also quite less than that of Albury. The city of Wodonga has witnessed tremendous growth in the last 25 years in all matters and has come up as a favourite tourist destination.
Wodonga experiences a very pleasant type of climate with hot, dry summers and cool winters. In summer months, the temperatures soar up to 34ºC and in winters it drops down to 12ºC on an average in a year. The average amount of rainfall is about 750mm and snowfall is quite rare in the region.
Wodonga city is easily accessible by rail, road and air transport and is connected to all major Australian cities. Wodonga rail station which lies on Melbourne-Albury has regular rail services from Melbourne. Wodonga lies very close to the Hume Highway which forms the main route between Melbourne and Sydney. Bicycle paths are very common in the city and it is one of the easily available means of transport in Wodonga. Albury Airport which lies very close to the city has regular flights from Melbourne and Sydney.
The Wodonga city has an exciting art and cultural background which adds a diverse touch to the community. The Buckland Gallery, Sanda Godfrey Studios and Wandana Gallery, Murray Arts Inc. and Kirby’s Flat Pottery are some of the places where you can get a touch of contemporary works of art and craft. The HotHouse Theatre Company which is an indigenous group presents performances all year round.
Wodonga is a popular tourist destination due its relaxed atmosphere and yet the city strangely has an urban appeal. Some of the popular tourist spots in Wodonga city include: Parklands Albury- Wodonga The Three Monkeys Tavern Harvey’s Fish and Fun Park The Burraja Centre Gateway Village Thredbo The city of Wodonga is a shopper’s paradise and has many shopping options for visitors. The Centro Properties Group is the principal owner of many shopping complexes in the cities of Albury and Wodonga like the Centro Wodonga, Centro Birralee and Centro Albury among others. The residents are offered best quality grocery, furniture, accessories, electronics, apparels and home décor items at extremely affordable prices. The area also has many speciality stores apart from the major retail outlets.
Wodonga city also boasts of a large number of restaurants, cafes and food joints which cater to the taste buds of the people by offering them all kinds of cuisines, be it national or international. Few of the renowned dining places in Wodonga are—Crystal’s Pizza Restaurant, Lee Corner Restaurant, Dragon Court Restaurant, Wodonga Hotel Carvery, The Steak Pit Restaurant, Maria’s Continental Kitchen, Pinky’s Pizza Ribs on the Run and Thai Kitchen among many others.
The variety of accommodation facilities available in Wodonga is amazing as one can find both highly-priced as well as cheap hotels which suit the budget of the customer. Few of the available options include: Murray River Valley Motel The Blazing Stump Motel Twin City Motor Inn Belvoir Village Motel Motel Wellington Wodonga