We left behind the big city of Melbourne to explore a sleepier side of Victoria. This time our journey will take us along the extremely important Murray River. Our first stop is Albury, a small town just on the other side of the border, in New South Wales.
Albury is located about three and a half hours from Melbourne, so we decide to take the fast route, the Hume Highway, to get there. As we speed past turn off markers for countless wine regions and National Parks, the list in my head grows of places I want to visit over the coming days.
For the next two days we are staying at the Quality Resort Siesta Albury. As we pull into the reception area I exclaim, “Oh my God! Is that the pool over there?!?” The hotel has a unique Latin flair to it. An on site steak house, cactus growing in the gardens beds, and a hot tub in the shape of a sombrero all combine to make me compare this place to more of a family friendly Mexican resort than a hotel in regional Australia. And the amount and scale of all the activities on offer only add to that perception. Tennis, mini golf, and of course two large pool complexes (one indoor and one outdoor), make this a one stop holiday destination.
Jacob would be happy if we never left, and we wouldn’t mind either. At one point during the tour, I asked if I could live there please.
Since we are travel bloggers, we had to resist our urges to get into the pool and never come out again. There was exploring to be done after all. Albury is located in a unique region surrounded my several fantastic National Parks. There is plenty to chose from for those who love the outdoors and hiking. There is Burrows Pine Mountain National Park, Mt Pilot National Park, Chiltern National Park, Alpine National Park and of course Lake Hume.
We decided that after a big day of driving the previous day, that we would stick to some of the closer attractions, so opted for exploring Historic Beechworth.
Beechworth is an adorable little mountain town famous for it’s bakery, it’s brewery, it’s honey, and it’s famous outlaw Ned Kelly.
We started our Beechworth experience on a culinary angle. Our first stop was the Bridge Road Brewers. This local brewery is an extremely popular spot famous for it’s brews and it’s pizza. As with all breweries, we recommend getting a tasting tray. There are tasting trays of various sizes, depending on how much sampling you want to do. Since Dan and I were sharing, we opted for the largest which allows you to taste all ten brews.
After filling our belly’s, it was time for some history. A short walk from the brewery is the old historic Beechworth courthouse. This is the courthouse where Ned Kelly’s fate was sealed. The court house is well preserved, and contains many interesting stories of the characters whose lives were forever changed within it’s walls. Some of the most touching and shocking stories are from the exhibit of women felons convicted within the courthouse.
In another building next to the courthouse, you will find the Ned Kelly exhibit. Here you can learn all about the hard life this young man faced and the circumstances which led to him becoming Australia’s most famous outlaw. You can also see reproductions of the home made armour Kelly and his men wore during their skirmishes with the authority’s.
There are some other great stops in between Albury and Beechworth worth a stop. The first is the Woolshed falls, which appears in our featured image on this post. You can experience the falls either from the look out, or you can walk down a few steps to the top of the waterfall itself. Another great short walk is to the summit of Mt Pilot. The summit is only a short 300 metre walk from the car park, making it a great short walk to do with little one in tow.
Our stay in Albury was made possible by Choice Hotels. Want to win your own Aussie Road Trip Adventure? Check out the Tom Williams Aussie Adventures competition for your chance to win.