Explore enchanting museums, canoe among majestic red gums and experience one of Australia’s biggest agricultural fairs, in this charming town. Surrounded by picturesque countryside, Henty is located halfway between Albury and Wagga Wagga in The Murray and is the birthplace of world-changing innovation.
In 1914, Henty farmer Headlie Taylor revolutionised the harvesting of grain crops by inventing his header harvester. See a harvester and other artefacts at the Headlie Taylor Header Museum and Blacksmiths Shop. More historic agricultural machinery is displayed at Ed's Old Farm Machinery Museum.
You’ll find the latest in farm technology at the Henty Machinery Field Days, a fun family event in September. With music, sheep shearing and children's entertainment, this three-day fair attracts around 60,000 visitors every year. The annual Henty Agricultural Show in February is also great fun.
In tranquil Doodle Cooma Swamp, enjoy canoeing and kayaking among red gums that are hundreds of years old. This beautiful wetland habitat is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Another popular bird-watching spot is the Henty Government Dam Nature Reserve, home to 140 bird species and two walking tracks.
Other things to do include a visit to the Henty Creative Gallery or a round at Henty Golf Course, an 18 hole sand green course. Just outside town, the Sergeant Smyth Memorial commemorates policeman Thomas Smyth, who was shot and killed by notorious colonial bushranger Dan ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan in 1864.
Pack a hamper and enjoy a picnic at the Henty Man sculpture, a tribute to itinerant workers during the Great Depression. The Henty Observer Printing Museum contains fascinating printing presses from bygone times. Discover a collection of trash and treasure memorabilia at Dales Mini Museum.
Located on Olympic Highway, Henty is a 45min drive north from Albury and 45min southwest from Wagga Wagga. From Sydney, it’s a 5h 15min drive and four hours from Melbourne. You can also fly or catch the train to Albury. Accommodation suits a range of budgets, including pubs, B&Bs and a campground.