Albury is a major regional city in New South Wales, located on the Hume Highway on the northern side of the Murray River. The Albury region is known for its distinctive natural beauty, with the majestic Murray River winding its way through mountains to the east and fertile river plains to the west.
Albury is home to over 57,000 people. It is separated from its twin city in Victoria, Wodonga by the Murray River. Together, the two cities form an urban area with a population of more than 80,000.
Located in Wiradjuri Country, Albury has a bustling economy, world-class medical and health services, a vibrant cultural and artistic scene, sporting amenities to rival the capital cities, and seemingly endless choices for leisure and recreation.
Central Albury comprises the central business district and lies between the railway line, the Murray River and Monument Hill. Much commercial activity is concentrated here, with Dean Street forming the axis of the main shopping and office district. A cultural precinct is centered on QE2 Square.
Albury gives easy access to some of Australia's most exciting skiing, oldest wineries, tastiest regional produce and best-preserved historical towns. The unique atmosphere of Albury's cities blends an urban vibe with laid-back charm, tradition with innovation, and adrenalin-charged action with quiet afternoon strolls.
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Located 6km south of Mildura and 550km northwest of Melbourne, Irympleis a small township with just over 6,400 residents.
The township was established soon after Mildura, with the Post Office opening on 17 February 1892.
Irymple is well known as the birth place of IPC (Irymple Packing Co.) sultanas. These are now produced by Irymple-based Sunbeam Foods, who operate the Southern Hemisphere's largest dried fruit packing operation.
The township has one kindergarten, two primary schools, one secondary school, and two P-10 schools (the Baptist Mildura Christian College and the Adventist Henderson College).
Irymple residents are spoilt for choice with an abundance of sporting facilities and clubs, including a football and netball club competing in the Sunraysia Football Netball League, a soccer club, a lawn bowls club, a bocce club, a swimming club and a basketball association, all of which have home grounds located in the township.
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Lavington is a suburb of the city of Albury, New South Wales and is located north of the Albury central business district. Lavington is home to over 12,000 residents.
Lavington is a mostly flat area near Nail Can Hill to the west, and is bordered by Thurgoona to the east, Hamilton Valley to the west, Springdale Heights to the north, and North Albury to the south.
Predominately a residential area, Lavington also boasts significant rural areas in the north-west and a growing commercial district. Features include Centro Lavington Shopping Centre, Lavington Swim Centre, Jelbart Park and five schools. Lavington is the second major centre of the city of Albury, with its own commercial CBD.
There are many sporting groups in Lavington including soccer, Australian Rules football, cricket, netball, softball, water polo, swimming, and tennis. There is also a BMX and skate park in Lavington.
The Nail Can Hill Run is an annual fun run that has rich Lavington history expanding over thirty years. The event is usually held in early May and covers a hilly cross-country course of 11.3 km starting at Lavington Panthers Club, and finishing at riverside parkland in Albury. There is also a mountain bicycling race over the same course run on the same day.
Leeton is in the Riverina region of New South Wales and situated approximately 550km west of Sydney and 450km north of Melbourne in the productive Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. The 2011 Census reported a population of just over 9,800 residents, and in 2001 Leeton was ranked as the nineteenth fastest growing local government area in New South Wales.
Situated in one of the most productive farming regions in the state, Leeton is abundant with citrus, rice, grapes and wheat farms found throughout the Shire. Leeton is Australia's Rice Capital as it is home to the SunRice headquarters. Other industry includes Freedom Foods, Berri Juices, Riverina Beef and Murrumbidgee Irrigation.
Leeton holds a number of town landmarks, including the Roxy Theatre, War Memorial, Madonna Place, St Peter's Church, and the historic Hydro Motor Inn which are located in the centre of town. Leeton's areas are also based around large towers that store the town's water and provide a striking feature of each section of town.
The town has a unique circular road structure and streetscape. The town's appearance is comparable to that of coastal communities rather than one found in central NSW. In 2007, Leeton was the NSW overall state winner for tidiest town.
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Positioned on the banks of the mighty Murray River, Mildura is a vibrant family-orientated area strategically located at the junction of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
The rapidly growing regional city is a major provisional center surrounded by nationally significant agricultural and horticultural areas ($2.765 billion economy). Mildura has become an area of great interest to the renewable energy sector, with an abundance of sunshine hours, clear days and excellent infrastructure, making it Victoria's premier solar location.
Significant commodities include dried fruits, olives, grains, vegetables, citrus, table grapes and wine. Mildura supplies 80% of Victoria's grapes, with many wineries also choosing to source their grapes from Mildura.
Mildura has a bustling business hub with an abundance of restaurants and cafes, classy bars and clubs, and over 300 festivals and events each year.
The population of the Milduraregion is expected to continue growing, reaching almost 71,000 by 2031 (an increase of over 90,000 people).
There are significant education and health services including La Trobe University, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, and a number of hospitals and medical services for the wellbeing of the community.
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Wagga Wagga (informally called Wagga) is a city in New South Wales, on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. The 2011 census reported a population in excess of 89,000.
Wagga Wagga is midway between Sydney and Melbourne, and is the major regional center for the Riverina and South West Slopes regions.
The largest inland city in New South Wales is known for its parks and gardens. Wagga Wagga is a family-friendly city with plenty of things to do and attractions for the kids including a miniature railway, go-kart racing and the amazing Oasis Aquatic Centre.
The central business district is focused around the commercial and recreational grid bounded by Best and Tarcutta Streets and the Murrumbidgee River and the Sturt Highway.
The original inhabitants of the Wagga Wagga region were the Wiradjuri people. Wagga Wagga became a garrison town during World War II with the establishment of a military base at Kapooka and Royal Australian Air Force bases at Forest Hill and Uranquinty.
The area is also a haven for bushwalkers, campers and birdwatchers. Climb The Rock, a 360-m outcrop with views to Mt Kosciuszko, near the historic town of Lockhart.
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Wodonga is a small city on the Victorian side of the border with New South Wales, 300km north-east of Melbourne. Adjacent to Wodonga across the border is the New South Wales city of Albury.
The 2011 census showed Wodonga's population to be in excess of 20,000 residents, and with Albury forms an urban area with approximately 80,000 people. Wodonga is a rapidly growing city which is predicted to have a population of 50,000 by 2030.
Wodonga's stunning location on the banks of the Murray River provides easy access to some of Australia's most exciting skiing, oldest wineries, tastiest regional produce and best-preserved historical towns. The unique atmosphere of Wodonga blends an urban vibe with a laid-back charm, tradition with innovation, and adrenalin-charged action with quiet afternoon strolls.
Wodonga's location on the Hume Highway, its excellent airport, great variety of accommodation and impressive convention facilities mean that many major meetings are held here.
Convention delegates love this destination, with its peaceful valleys, magnificent river, parklands and mountain backdrops embracing the twin cities.