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Albury is a major city in New South Wales, located on the Hume Highway on the northern side of the Murray River. Albury is the second major city of the Riverina and the second largest inland city in New South Wales.
Albury is approximately 588 kilometres from the state capital Sydney, but only 300 kilometres from the Victorian capital Melbourne. Albury is separated from its twin city in Victoria, Wodonga by the Murray River. Albury is situated above the river flats of the Murray River, in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range.
Lake Hume is situated on the Murray River 10 kilometres upstream of Albury. Albury railway station is on the main Sydney-Melbourne railway line. Originally New South Wales and Victoria had different railway gauges, which meant that all travellers in either direction had to change trains at Albury. To accommodate this, a very long railway platform was needed; the 450 metre long covered platform is possibly the longest in Australia.
The region surrounding Albury provides a variety of tourist attractions, including the wine region around Rutherglen, the historic goldfield towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah, boating and fishing on the many rivers and lakes, including Lake Hume, the forests and mountains of the Great Dividing Range and slightly further afield are the snowfields Falls Creek and Mount Hotham.
Albury itself, however, is not a major tourist destination. Monument Hill, at the western end of the CBD is the location of the city's distinctive First World War Memorial and provides a good view of the city. Wonga Wetlands, 2.5 km west of the city and adjacent to the River Murray is a key feature of Albury's use of treated wastewater and consists of a series of lagoons and billabongs. Wonga Wetlands features more than 150 species of birdlife and the Aquatic Environment Education Centre.