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|22 to 28 March 2012 - Albury|
We spent six nights in Albury staying in the northern suburb of Lavington. We found a surprising amount to do in Albury and would have stayed longer but the site we were on had a booking after us; we extended our stay once but could not extend again because of that prior booking.
Lavington is a residential satellite suburb of Albury proper; it has developed fairly recently to hold Albury's growing population and is now an established suburb. East Albury is the growing suburb.
The weather during our stay in Albury was variable. At least one day was warm and sunny with blue sky nearly all day. Other days were mostly dull and overcast; light rain was not unusual. Some nights were cold, others only cool.
Hume Dam - 24 March 2012
The Hume Dam across the Murray River is a short drive from Albury along the Riverina Highway. This major engineering work is interesting to visit but a lack of co-ordination is displayed at the dam. Some signs say that cycling and walking across the top of the dam is permitted but the gates are securely locked preventing access.
Bonegilla Block 19 - 26 March 2012
Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre was established in 1947 in a World War Two Army camp near Albury. The camp became the first home for more than 300,000 migrants to Australia between 1947 and 1971. Most of the camp has been returned to the Army but one group of huts (Block 19) was retained as a memorial to the thousands of migrants who passed through it.
Wonga Wetlands - 27 March 2012
Wonga Wetlands, a few kilometres west of Albury, is a series of lagoons managed to duplicate the flooding and drying sequence natural to the Murray River floodplain before the river was regulated by the Hume Dam. Native wildlife is returning to the area which has become notable as a bird conservation area as well as catering for serious bird-watchers.