Wodonga lies on the Victorian side of the border with New South Wales, 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne. Its population is around 36,000 and is separated from its twin city in New South Wales, Albury, by the Murray River. Wodonga was founded in 1852, becoming an important river port for nearby Victorian goldfields, and the first bridge across the Murray River was built in 1860. In 1947, a migrant camp was established east of Wodonga at Bonegilla as part of the government's post-war migration scheme. During its 24 years of operation, a total of 320,000 people from 31 different ethnic backgrounds were temporarily housed at this reception centre. Today, just one of the 24 accommodation blocks and administration buildings remain on this 130 hectare site, and an interpretive centre has been built onto it which provides a vivid insight into the life of new arrivals to Australia. Wodonga has a large shopping precinct, primarily split between the Wodonga Plaza Shopping Centre on Elgin Boulevard and the shops along much of the length of High Street. There are a large selection of attractive parks and reserves throughout Wodonga, many situated along the numerous waterways in residential areas and incorporating a network of walking and bicycle tracks. Wodonga is located within a short drive of several regional attractions including the wineries of Rutherglen and the historic towns of Chiltern, Beechworth and Yackandandah. For a longer scenic drive, follow the Murray Valley Highway eastwards out to Corryong or take the longer route via the Murray River Road which follows the river along its natural and picturesque upper reaches.View on Map
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