Albury has been named Aussie Town of the Year as Australians look to the regions for cheap and cheerful holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Tourists escape to the country as budgets tighten
When the beach house breaks the budget, a sea of cabanas blocks the ocean views and the sunburn stings: that’s when the countryside comes calling.
Albury, a NSW regional city on the banks of the Murray River, has been named Town of the Year, as Australians increasingly seek out long weekends in the regions.
The border town has been awarded the top gong by travel site Wotif, based on search trends, affordability, accommodation quality and reviews.
Mayor Kylie King said Albury was no longer considered a stopover for intercity travellers, but a place where tourists can soak up its heritage streetscapes, food, wine and waterways.