52 Weekends Away

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(18) CIRCA 1936

The location Corowa, about 40 minutes’ drive from Albury, sits snugly on the banks of the Murray River, which snakes along the NSW/Victorian border. It’s a hit with golfers, who wear a track from both Melbourne and Sydney, and with fans of the grape – Rutherglen’s wineries are on its doorstep. Known as the “birthplace of Federation”, there’s plenty to keep history buffs intrigued and foodies entertained.

The place The art deco Rural Bank of NSW has undergone an immaculate make-over and is now Circa 1936, with three sleek and chic upstairs suites boasting beautiful bathrooms – soak your cares away in the freestanding bath under the circular window. Downstairs there’s a lounge/dining room with a white 1937 grand piano and elegant cocktail bar with bevelled mirrors. The cellar is where it should be – in the bank vault, of course. There’s also an impressive spa that stocks house-made products that feel as good as they smell, with some treatments included in the tariff.

The experience Chances are you will want to remain cocooned in luxury in your black-and-whitethemed boudoir, its king bed swathed in crisp linen, but venture downstairs and listen to the piano as you nibble on tapas and sip local drops. Morning and afternoon tea as well as a hearty breakfast are other drawcards, as are the nightly cocktails and the evening nightcap delivered to your suite. Take a morning stroll by the Murray to kick-start the day.

Don’t miss Those with a sweet tooth can get a sugar hit, and lift their spirits, across the street at the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory. And if you want to discover more about the town’s history and the role it played in Australia’s federation, collect a guide at the Corowa Visitor Information Centre and wander around.

18 CIRCA 1936 Corowa