Talk of an Albury to Wagga commuter rail service has sparked plenty of discussion between the towns this week. We’re big fans of the concept, mainly because it gives the good folk of Wagga an opportunity to spend more time in the premier regional city in NSW, which is, of course, Albury. Here’s a list of reasons why:
LIFE’S A BEACH
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to waterways on the Border. Whether you want a dip in the Murray River at Noreuil Park or prefer the wide open expanses of Lake Hume, you’re on a winner. And if you’re not a swimmer but prefer fishing, you’re in luck, they’re perfect for that too. Up north they’ve got “Wagga Beach” but we’re not sure how much of a “beach” it can be when you’re almost 400km from the sea.
There’s been a long-standing rivalry between Albury and Wagga on the sporting field, much like Springfield and Shelbyville if you’re a Simpsons fan. But let’s be honest, whenever the Thunder and Steamers can be bothered trying, they’re too good in Group 9 and SIRU. Our Albury Tigers make Wagga’s Tigers look like kittens and then there’s Lavington Oval, which is without doubt the jewel in the crown of sporting fields for the Riverina. You might have heard of a basketballer called Lauren Jackson, too. Apparently she goes OK.
WE EASILY WIN THE FOOD FIGHT
Albury-Wodonga diners are spoilt for choice when it comes to award-winning eateries, a thriving street food scene and metropolitan standard espresso. Our artisan bakers and patissiers are second to none. If you want a good Chiko Roll then, by all means, head to Wagga. The place of many crows has claimed to be home to the savoury snack but there’s enough evidence to suggest it actually had its origins in Bendigo, anyway.
TWO STATES ARE BETTER THAN ONE
We know better than anyone how good the people of NSW are but every now and again it’s nice to get away. A hop, skip and a jump over the Murray River quickly has you in the ski fields of Falls Creek or sipping on some of Australia’s highest quality wine down at Rutherglen.
Prime ministers, world famous novelists and future kings have all passed through Albury’s station - not to mention Australia’s most famous racehorse Phar Lap. How’s that for culture! We shouldn’t be too critical of Wagga’s railway station though, after all, it does provide a way out of the place.
- It’s worth noting this article was written with tongue firmly in cheek. Mostly, anyway. Wagga is OK.