Kayla Severs is a Sales Executive at Atura Albury hotel, on the NSW side of the mighty Murray River. Australia’s longest river, the Murray starts as a trickle in the Snowy Mountains and swells into the broad, snaking boundary between Victoria and New South Wales. In this Ask The Concierge, Kayla draws on her local knowledge to give us the low-down on things to do and places to go in the Albury-Wodonga region…
How long have you worked at Atura Albury?
I have been at Atura Albury for three years now and have loved every minute of it. I travelled across from Perth, WA, to take on the job here on the border of the states of NSW and Victoria.
Were you born in the city in which you work or somewhere else?
I was not born on the border however, I did spend my high school years in a town called Wangaratta just 50 minutes south from here so it was easy to make the move from Perth knowing a little about the region. But I was born over on the coast in a tiny little town called Genoa, in Victoria.
What do you love about your job?
What I love about my job here at Atura Albury is that no two days are the same. We always have a different guest with another unique story to tell.
What is your favourite locale when enjoying a day off?
Being so close to some of the great alpine areas, I like to spend my days off exploring Falls Creek via hiking or mountain bike riding.
Where do you take your own guests when they visit you?
When I have family and friends up to stay I like to take them out on a food and wine tour of the region. With so many different wineries, distilleries, orchards, berry farms and cafes to choose from, you can really make a great day out of a self-guided food and wine tour.
It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what should we do?
The great thing about Albury-Wodonga is that if it is raining that is ok because we still have lots to do! My first recommendation is always MAMA – Murray Arts Museum Albury. It hosts some amazing exhibitions which come to Albury.
What do you recommend as night-time entertainment in Albury?
For night-time entertainment, there are lots of great restaurants around town however, something I would really recommend doing is going to see a show at the Hothouse Theatre. They have some amazing local talent!
Where is the best shopping? What souvenirs should we buy?
There are some fantastic shops along the main street in Albury. Dean Street, with the MAMA gift shop, is a must-stop with some great local, hand-crafted items available. You also need to take home some of the local produce: Wine, honey or cheese.
Tell us about a child-friendly thing to do or place to go.
The Albury Botanical Gardens have a section of giant dinosaurs that are a favourite for the kids. MAMA, the local art gallery, also has some fantastic kids activities and expeditions to keep them all entertained. We also have a pool, a billiards table, and toys in the reception area.
What is your best kept secret or favourite hidden treasure?
I think our hidden treasures are the local wetlands and their sculptures. We have The Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, starting from Kremur street boat ramp. Along with walk, you will find some fantastic sculptures created by locals around the Indigenous History of the region. There are also the Wonga Wetlands to explore, too.
What is the best way to get to the airport?
The best way to get to and from the airport is via taxi. This will normally take 10 minutes to the Albury CBD.
What is the best time of the year to visit?
The best times of year are Spring and Autumn as the weather is really lovely and not too hot and not too cold. Our Summers are normally above 35-degrees Celsius each day and Winter can get very cold, with the snow fields not too far away.
Is there anything else we should know when visiting?
When planning your trip, allow a day or two and head out to some of the surrounding towns like Rutherglen Wine Region, Hume Weir and Beechworth.
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