48 hours in Albury, NSW: what to do, where to go?
Albury is more than a stopover between Melbourne and Sydney. A lush riverside setting, a thriving arts scene and a new hotel make it a destination in its own right.
Surrounded by towering elm and plane trees, and located right on the Murray river in Noreuil Park, the recently launched River Deck cafe has become a popular attraction.
Currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays as the restaurant fine-tunes its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, by spring the owners hope to be open seven days.
Some of the lunch offerings today include eye-fillet steak served with mushroom, tomato, spinach and a choice of Béarnaise or red wine sauce; slow-cooked pork belly with chestnut spaetzle; and ricotta gnocchi with herbed-sautéed garlic mushrooms, spinach, creamed pesto and parmesan. Dishes range from $14 (soup) to $30 (Riverine premium scotch steak).
I recommend sitting outside on the deck, which overlooks the park and the water. Despite the serene location and upmarket menu, the River Deck is extremely child-friendly and there is a large playground outside as well.