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About Wodonga

Situated on the southern side of the magnificent Murray River, Wodonga is a large, lively town on the Victoria-NSW border, where heritage and history mix effortlessly with all the modern conveniences you’d expect of a bustling city. Cross the river and you’ll find the large township of Albury, with its high end shopping and retail. With no end of restaurants, galleries and tree-lined gardens, Wodonga offers you a dynamic urban life in an idyllic country setting.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Wodonga Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.

 

2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 

 

3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 

 

4. Engage with the community

The Wodonga region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.

 

5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Wodonga region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!

Population

38,559

 

Distance to Melbourne

320km. Under four hours drive.

 

Surrounding towns

Albury, NSW

Rutherglen

Chiltern

Beechworth

Mt Beauty

Falls Creek

Mt Hotham

 

Housing

Median house price: $342,000

Median house rent: $355 p/w

Median unit price: $242,500

Median unit rent: $235 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

Wodonga has an active creative scene, which is evident through the notable number of galleries and art and culture groups. Gateway Island Gallery and Studios and Arts Space Wodonga both host a range of exciting, contemporary exhibitions from established and emerging artists. While the Cube Wodonga is a state-of-the-art entertainment centre with a diverse calendar of events, from live bands and film screenings, to theatre productions and local community performances. And if you’re more into equine entertainment, the Wodonga and District Turf Club holds eight action-packed race days every year.

Food and wine scene

Not only is there no shortage of delicious eateries, there’s also an impressive variety of cuisines to enjoy in Wodonga. Locals rave about Miss Amelie, for delicious modern European cuisine, Chao Thai, for the best Thai in town, and Indian Tandoori Restaurant. The Blazing Stump Hotel is a hit with families for its friendly bistro atmosphere. The stunning wine region of Rutherglen is just a short drive out of Wodonga.

Family Fun 

Families love Wodonga for its many gardens, playgrounds, skate parks and water slides. Favourite family days out include a visit to the Army Museum, the largest and most diverse military museum in Australia, and Wodonga Creek Miniature Railway, with its live steam and diesel locomotives and engines. Indoor rock climbing, mini golf and tenpin bowling are just some of the other adventures available to local kids, both big and small. And the Wodonga Children’s Fair, in October, is worth marking in the calendar.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities

Wodonga has more than 80km of walking and cycling paths that cater to all abilities, whether you’re in the mood for a gentle meander along a scenic route or if you want to raise your heart rate on a trickier trail. Several rivers in the area make for great fishing, and just east of Wodonga is Lake Hume, with its stretches of sandy beach making it an ideal spot for safe swimming. Wodonga also has a range of sports at local clubs, offering first-rate facilities:

• Wodonga Golf Club

• Albury-Wodonga Yacht Club

• Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre

• Wodonga Aquatic Venue and Exercise Space

• Wodonga Bowling Club

Shopping

Wodonga has a lively shopping precinct where you’re absolutely spoilt for choice with specialty chains and a multitude of small, charming and unique boutiques. You can also pop over the border to shop at Myer, Kathmandu and Kmart. There are a number of bi-monthly farmers’ and makers’ markets, too, that offer fresh regional produce, gourmet goodies and handcrafted goods.

Transport

Wodonga has its own railway station with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional trains and buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy.

Health and community services

The area is serviced by a comprehensive range of health services including: Wodonga Medical Practice, numerous private practices and two hospitals – Wodonga Hospital and Mercy Health Albury.

Education 

The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of 25 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Wodonga Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Melrose Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Catholic College Wodonga (Co-ed 7-12), Wodonga Senior Secondary College (Co-ed 10-12).

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice (CPP3)

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You’ll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will acquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.

Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.