The Nature Conservation Trust has a number of impressive properties for sale in southern NSW and near the Australian Capital Territory, centred on the cities of Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga and Canberra.
The regional arts centre of Albury-Wodonga is home to around 90,000 people and noted for its grand old buildings, established gardens and broad, tree-lined streets. Australia’s world-famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus was born here, the highly regarded Hothouse Theatre is based in Albury-Wodonga and many national and international performers receive an enthusiastic welcome at the Albury Entertainment Centre. The visual arts have impressive homes at the Albury Art Gallery and Arts Space Wodonga, and a new Arts, Entertainment and Community Centre will soon become a major regional focus.
The twin cities of Albury-Wodonga straddle the grand Murray River and are located on the Hume Highway, 560 kilometres from Sydney and 315 km from Melbourne. The region is known for its excellent airport, attractive parklands and historic botanic gardens set against a mountainous backdrop. Wonga Wetlands, wineries, an abundance of fresh regional produce, welcoming cafes and five major shopping centres are among the other attractions of these fast growing cities.
The vibrant gateway to the Riverina – Wagga Wagga – is situated on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River and central to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. To the east rises Mount Kosciuszko and to the west is Griffith, the heart of NSW’s wine production. This culturally rich community has over 60,000 residents and its superb sporting facilities reflect the fact that Wagga Wagga has produced some of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes.
Two public art galleries (including the National Art Glass Gallery), a Conservatorium of Music, two museums, three theatres and more than six theatre troupes, including regional Australia’s longest serving professional theatre company (the Riverina Theatre Company) guarantee a steady stream of quality performances. Wagga Wagga is also known for its wineries, botanic gardens and farmers' market.
The nation’s capital – Canberra – has a population of more than 345,000. As the seat of the government of Australia, it is the home of Parliament House, the High Court and numerous government departments and agencies. It is also the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance, such as the Australian War Memorial, Australian National University, Australian Institute of Sport, National Gallery, National Museum and the National Library.
The Federal Government is the largest single employer in Canberra, which boasts a lower unemployment rate and higher average income than the national average, as well as extensive educational facilities. Canberra is also renowned for its network of bicycle paths, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and its thriving arts scene, comprising an extensive array of galleries and museums. Cool climate wines and gourmet produce are added features of this sophisticated city.