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Wodonga
Victoria
Looking down High St in Wodonga.jpg
Looking down High St in the CBD of Wodonga
Location in Victoria
Population: 37,500
Established: 1852
Postcode: 3690
Elevation: 152 m (499 ft)
Area: 400 km² (154.4 sq mi)
Location:
LGA: City of Wodonga
Region: Northeast Victoria
State District: Benambra
Federal Division: Indi
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
22.2 °C
72 °F
8.9 °C
48 °F
714.9 mm
28.1 in
Wodonga location map in Victoria
Location of Wodonga in Victoria (red)

Wodonga /wəˈdɒŋɡə/ is a city on the Victorian side of the border with New South Wales, 300 kilometres (190 mi) north-east of Melbourne, Australia. Adjacent to Wodonga, across the border is the New South Wales city of Albury. Wodonga is located wholly within the boundaries of the City of Wodonga LGA. Its population is approximately 37,500 people, and with Albury forms an urban area with approximately 90,000 people in 2013, it was Victoria's fastest growing regional city.

History

Founded as a customs post with its twin city Albury on the other side of the Murray River, the town grew subsequent to the opening of the first bridge across the Murray in 1860. Originally named Wodonga, its name was changed to Belvoir then later back to Wodonga.

The Post Office opened 1 June 1856 although known as Belvoir until 26 July 1869. It had previously been regarded as the smaller, less prosperous cousin of the two. Whilst still somewhat smaller than Albury, economic growth in both areas has ameliorated such distinctions.

Sport and culture

There are three Australian rules football clubs in Wodonga, the Wodonga Football Club, the Wodonga Raiders Football Club and the Wodonga Saints Football Club. Wodonga and Wodonga Raiders compete in the Ovens & Murray Football League, while the Wodonga Saints compete in the Tallangatta & District Football League. There are many other sporting clubs in the region. Brisbane Lions dual-premiership player Daniel Bradshaw and celebrated St. Kilda forward Fraser Gehrig is originally from Wodonga.

Wodonga is also home to a number of cricket clubs which compete in the Cricket Albury Wodonga (CAW) competition. These include the Belvoir Eagles, Wodonga Bulldogs and Wodonga Raiders.

Cyclists are catered for by the Albury Wodonga Cycling Club. The Albury Wodonga Cycling Club holds club races most weekends, is part of the Riverina Interclub and hosts the annual John Woodman Memorial Wagga to Albury Cycling Classic.

Wodonga has a horse racing club, the Wodonga & District Turf Club, which schedules around seven race meetings a year including the Wodonga Cup meeting in November.

Golfers play the course at SS&A Wodonga on Parkers Road.

Much of the arts and theatrical activity in the region is conducted in a cross-border fashion; for instance HotHouse Theatre is located almost equidistant from the Wodonga and Albury city centres.

Australian Socceroos Archie Thompson and Joshua Kennedy played for soccer team Twin City Wanderers as children. Wodonga Diamonds Football Club and Wodonga Heart Soccer Club are two other soccer clubs based in Wodonga. All three clubs compete in the Albury Wodonga Football Association. In early 2014, a new club representing the region and playing its games in Wodonga was founded as Murray United F.C.. It will compete in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 1 from 2015.

The World's Biggest Rolling Pin (listed in the Guinness Book of World Records) is located in Wodonga, atop "Henri's Bakery".

Wodonga also has a radio controlled car site with both on road and off-road tracks on the Lincoln Causeway.

Wodonga is served by the Apex Club of Wodonga, the Wodonga Lions Club and two Rotary clubs – Belvoir Wodonga and Wodonga. Community Service is important to the Wodonga Community and activities such as the cities Australia Day Celebrations, Christmas Carols and the display of Santa's throughout the City over the festive season would not be possible without community service clubs. Recently Apexian Dean Freeman was awarded National Apexian of the Year for community service efforts throughout the area and overseas.

Transport

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Wodonga water tower and War Memorial at Woodland Grove

Wodonga railway station lies on the Melbourne–Albury and MelbourneSydney lines. The Sydney to Melbourne railway line, which ran through the centre of Wodonga has been relocated to the north of the town. A new railway station was also recently constructed. The new line was officially opened in late 2010, for which the town held a celebratory day for the last commercial passenger train to pass through the town centre.

Wodonga is on the junction of the Hume Highway (the main route from Melbourne to Sydney) and the Murray Valley Highway (which follows the southern bank of the Murray River).

Local public transport is provided by the Dyson Group (which took over Mylon Motorways) who run buses on a number of routes both within Wodonga and to Albury. Bus services are generally quite infrequent and public transport use in Wodonga is very low. There are also long-distance bus services to the capitals.

There is a comprehensive network of bicycle paths in Wodonga, including one across the Lincoln Causeway to Albury.

Albury Airport, which provides scheduled commuter flights to Melbourne and Sydney, is a short drive from Wodonga.

Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification, Wodonga has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa). The city gets around 125.1 clear days annually.

Climate data for Wodonga
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.1
(111.4)
45.4
(113.7)
38.8
(101.8)
31.6
(88.9)
25.4
(77.7)
22.9
(73.2)
22.1
(71.8)
21.9
(71.4)
28.3
(82.9)
32.8
(91)
39.4
(102.9)
41.1
(106)
45.4
(113.7)
Average high °C (°F) 31.8
(89.2)
31.2
(88.2)
28.1
(82.6)
22.9
(73.2)
16.8
(62.2)
14.1
(57.4)
12.6
(54.7)
14.7
(58.5)
18.0
(64.4)
21.5
(70.7)
25.5
(77.9)
28.6
(83.5)
22.2
(72)
Average low °C (°F) 15.2
(59.4)
15.3
(59.5)
12.7
(54.9)
9.0
(48.2)
5.6
(42.1)
4.1
(39.4)
3.1
(37.6)
4.2
(39.6)
5.7
(42.3)
8.5
(47.3)
10.4
(50.7)
13.2
(55.8)
8.9
(48)
Record low °C (°F) 7.6
(45.7)
6.6
(43.9)
3.5
(38.3)
1.9
(35.4)
-1.8
(28.8)
-3.2
(26.2)
-3.9
(25)
-2.4
(27.7)
-1.8
(28.8)
0.6
(33.1)
1.6
(34.9)
5.3
(41.5)
-3.9
(25)
Precipitation mm (inches) 43.4
(1.709)
39.3
(1.547)
51.1
(2.012)
50.3
(1.98)
64.9
(2.555)
78.5
(3.091)
81.7
(3.217)
77.8
(3.063)
62.3
(2.453)
68.4
(2.693)
49.0
(1.929)
48.3
(1.902)
714.6
(28.134)
Humidity 30 32 37 44 58 64 65 59 51 48 39 34 47
Avg. precipitation days 4.7 4.2 5.6 6.5 9.1 11.5 12.8 12.3 9.7 8.9 6.4 5.6 97.3

Popular culture

  • Leonard Hubbard recorded the song Wodonga in 1924.

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