Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 5 ALBURY/WODONGA Visit Hume’s dam Named after Hamilton Hume, the first European to explore the river upstream of Albury in 1824, construction of the Lake Hume dam, situated just below the junction of the Murray and Mitta Mitta rivers, was completed in 1936. At the time it was the largest dam in the Southern Hemisphere with a shoreline of 365km and a capacity of up to three million megalitres of water. Today the dam continues to play a critical role in capturing winter and spring rainfall from the Australian Alps and releasing it to regulate the flow of the Murray River. A walk along the top of the Hume Dam wall is a must do while in Albury-Wodonga, however, it is not always open to the public. It is safe for children to ride bikes along and offers outstanding views of Lake Hume. The lake is popular with numerous water sports opportunities including sailing, jet and waterskiing, windsurfing, and fishing. Its sandy beaches are popular with swimmers and sunbathers, and reserves with barbecue and picnic facilities line its foreshore. Head to Mount Granya and Mount Lawson state parks, Kurrajong Gap Lookout, near Bethanga, and Ross’s Lookout, in Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park, to capture a stunning perspective of the lake. A viewing platform on the northern (NSW) side of the dam wall provides spectacular views of the lake and countryside. A popular water sport destination, the Lake Hume dam is an important source of water for farmers and communities. PHOTO: Visit Victoria Wagirra andYindyamarra wanderings One of the main attractions of the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga is undoubtedly the mighty Murray River. But its attraction is not something new with it playing a major role in the lives of those who have called the area home, whether transiently or permanently, for thousands of years. For the original inhabitants of the area, the Wiradjuri people, the location was an important river crossing and tribal meeting place. The Murray has since been a busy trade route in the days of paddle steamers and is now very much a part of Albury-Wodonga’s relaxed lifestyle pro- viding excellent freshwater fishing and an abundance of water sport opportunities. Take a wander along Albury’s Wagirra Trail, beginning at the Kremur Street boat ramp, which provides the perfect opportunity to not only enjoy a walk, run or cycle along the banks of the Murray River, but also includes a section known as the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk with sculptures accompanied by interpretative panels and videos via smartphone that tell the story of Aboriginal history and the cultural significance of the Murray River. Wagirra Trail leads to the Wonga Wetlands, you’ll find a working campsite set out according to tradition. It is also a sanctuary for birdwatchers, field natu- ralists, photographers and bushwalking groups. Explore the Yindyamurra Sculpture Walk along Albury’s Wagirra Trail. PHOTO: Destination NSW