Enjoy naval heritage, nature walks and picturesque golf in Holbrook, affectionately known as Submarine Town. Located in The Murray region, it’s a charming stopover on the main inland Melbourne to Sydney driving route, and close to the magnificent Woomargama National Park.
Holbrook is named after the first submariner to receive the Victoria Cross. Learn about Lieutenant Norman Holbrook and his bravery during the 1914 Gallipoli campaign at the Holbrook Submarine Museum. You can also explore a fascinating collection of submarine memorabilia and the decommissioned HMAS Otway submarine.
Call into the Greater Hume Visitor Information Centre for advice on things to do in and around Holbrook. There are plenty of bookshops and gift stores to browse, such as Satch and Co for artwares, Lady Gails Bookshop and Curious for pre-loved goods and Grimwoods Store Craft Shop for locally made goods.
There’s more heritage to uncover at the National Museum of Australian Pottery, where you’ll find 2,000 pieces of pottery. Learn about Holbrook’s pioneering past at the Woolpack Inn Museum. Kids will enjoy a ride on the Holbrook Miniature Railway, found in the beautiful Ten Mile Creek Gardens.
Enjoy bushwalking, mountainbiking and 4WD touring on unsealed tracks in the magnificent Woomargama National Park. Other outdoor adventures include a round of golf at the Holbrook Golf Course, learning how to fly an ultralight aircraft at the Holbrook Ultralight Club and exploring the Ian Geddes Bushwalk.
The town’s wonderful events calendar includes markets, horse races and flower shows. You can buy the district’s fresh produce and gourmet delights at the Markets by the Sub, on the fourth Saturday of the month. Visit in October for the Holbrook Rotary Art Show and Holbrook Open Gardens weekend.
Holbrook is 45 minutes’ drive from Albury and three hours from Canberra. The drive from Sydney is five hours and from Melbourne it’s four hours. Alternatively, you can fly or get the train to Albury and rent a car. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Holbrook, from motor inns to B&Bs.