What’s On – 10 Summer Fun Ideas

Summer bounty at farmers' markets. Photo: TruPics

Have family or friends visiting for holidays? Or just need to wind down after the Festive Season madness? Here are some Border Cafe suggestions of things to do in Albury Wodonga and surrounds over summer.

Sunset & Wine – Pfeiffer Bridge Bar

Enjoy a majestic sunset under an umbrella on the century-old Sunday Creek Bridge at Pfeiffer Wines Wahgunyah, with your drink of choice in hand this summer.

The popular Bridge Bar will operate each afternoon between 4:00pm and 8:00pm, serving a selection of award winning Pfeiffer wines, wine cocktails and nibbles.

More information: https://www.pfeifferwinesrutherglen.com.au/home/events/coming-events/2028-pfeiffer-wines-bridge-bar-2017-2018

Pfeiffer Wines Bridge Bar. Photo: Pfeiffer Wines

Casual Tucker – Albury Street Food & Bar

A new addition to Albury’s SS&A is the Albury Street Food and Bar, running Thursdays to Sundays 4:00pm – 10:00pm for members and guests.

Several mobile food vendors, showcasing a variety of cuisines, will feature in a purpose built alfresco area outside the bistro area of the SS&A (entry via the main club.)

Street food on the menu at Welcome to Albury, SS&A. Photo:TruPics

Arts & Culture – Archibald Prize Exhibition, Murray Art Museum Albury

Murray Art Museum Albury hosts the 2017 Archibald Prize exhibition this summer.

Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. It’s a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to media figures, sporting heroes to artists.

Exhibition entry is free for 18 years and under.

More information: http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/2017-archibald-prize

Live Music – Sunday Sessions, Bright Brewery

Kick back with some live music and mountain crafted beer on the Hop Terrace overlooking the Ovens River at Bright Brewery every Sunday afternoon.

Whether you’re on holidays or not, it’s the perfect way to wind down after the weekend.

More information: https://brightbrewery.com.au/whats-on/

Live music part of ‘Sunday Sessions’ at Bright Brewery. Photo credit: Bright Brewery

Berry Picking – Stanley & Beechworth

North East berry growers open their doors to the public for berry-picking, until around the end of January.

High Grove Orchard Berry Farm at Stanley and Beechworth Berries offer a range of berries that can be hand-picked (availability subject to supply/demand).

More information High Grove: https://www.facebook.com/HighGroveBerryFarm/?fref=ts

More information Beechworth Berries: https://www.facebook.com/beechworthberries/

Art & Wine – Brushes and Barrels, Rutherglen

Join Rutherglen Estate for a relaxed evening of fine wines and the chance to learn something new as they give you a behind the scenes look through their brand new Cellar Door and Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery.

Enjoy the beautiful art while you sip, savour and sample some award- winning wines, with canapés provided by Tuileries.

Everyone is welcome, from art and wine lovers, to novices alike. Thursdays throughout January, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, bookings essential.

More information: http://www.rutherglenestates.com.au/brushes-and-barrels/

Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery and new cellar door at Rutherglen Estates.

Scenic – Woolshed Falls Beechworth

Get back to nature with a visit to Woolshed Falls, ten minutes north of Beechworth.

View cascading falls, take a self-guided walk or enjoy a leisurely picnic.

An observation deck provides views to the falls and the valley below, which really put on a show after a summer storm.

For more information visit www.explorebeechworth.com.au

Woolshed Falls. Photo: www.explorebeechworth.com.au

Music & Wine – Friday Nights at Gapstead Wines, Myrtleford

The Gapstead Wines cellar door and restaurant near Myrtleford comes alive with live music every Friday night until the end of January.

Enjoy a drop of cool climate local wine and shared platters while relaxing to live music Fridays from 5pm.

More information: https://www.gapstedwines.com.au/pages/events

Live music, views, food & wine on Fridays at Gapstead Wines. Photo credit: Gapstead Wines Facebook Page

Adventure – Paddle down the Murray

Grab the best view of the Murray River by exploring it in a canoe or kayak!

You’ll often see locals floating down the river on various floatation devices, but there are local businesses who can kit you up. They have the expertise and equipment to send you on your way, even organising drop off and instructions.

Visit www.murrayrivercanoehire.com.au or www.canoethemurray.com.au

Paddling down the Murray River. Photo: Canoe The Murray

Fresh Produce – Farmers Markets

Whether you’re in Albury Wodonga or beyond – there’s a farmers’ market with fresh summer bounty to discover and enjoy! Here are details on some of them:

Albury Wodonga Farmers’ Market is on every Saturday from 8:00am – noon on Saturdays, alternating between Hovell Tree Park in Albury and Gateway Village in Wodonga. More information: https://alburywodongafarmersmarket.com/

Beechworth Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of every month at Christ Church on the Hill, Ford Street Beechworth. More information: https://www.facebook.com/beechworthfarmersmarket/

Markets galore. Photo: TruPics

Rutherglen Farmers’ Market is on every second Sunday of the month at Lion’s Park, Rutherglen from 9:00am – 12:30pm. More information: https://www.facebook.com/rutherglenfarmersmarket/

Yarrawonga Farmers’ Market on the shores of Lake Mulwala is a popular destination every fourth Sunday of the month from 8:00am – 12:30pm. More information: http://www.yarrawongafarmersmarket.com.au/

Wangaratta Farmers’ Market is held on the second Saturday of every month from 8:00am to 12:00pm at Apex Park, Wangaratta. More information: http://wangarattafarmersmarket.com.au/

Wodonga Junction Square Farmers Market features a variety of North East produce on the first and third Saturday of every month. More information: https://www.facebook.com/Wodonga-Junction-Square-Farmers-Market-1667334043510652/