On the banks of the majestic Murray River, Howlong is a picturesque town dotted with beautiful colonial buildings. A popular destination for fishing, boating and golf, Howlong is only 20 minutes’ drive west of Albury and a delightful base for wine tasting in the nearby Rutherglen wine region.
A great way to discover the rich heritage is on the Howlong Historic Trail, a self-guided tour. You can pick up a brochure from the Howlong Community Resource Centre or the Corowa Visitor Information Centre and explore the 28 landmarks. The Court House Hotel is a classic country pub.
You’ll find many more wonderful things to do and see, including riverside picnics and barbecues at pretty Lions Park, where there is a boat ramp and a sandy beach. You can cast a line into the mighty Murray for native cod, try waterskiing or paddle along the meandering river in a canoe or kayak.
Golf is another attraction. Enjoy a round on the magnificent 18-hole championship golf course at the Howlong Golf Resort, which is is open to the public. You can savour delicious food and cool drinks in the resort at The Bridges, a bistro and cafe, and the Golden Pavilion, an enticing Chinese restaurant.
Two of Australia’s biggest amateur golfing tournaments, Top of the Murray Classic Golf Tournament in May and Murray Masters Tournament in December, are held at the Howlong Golf Resort and nearby Corowa and Thurgoona golf clubs. Check out the events calendar for more fun activities.
Accommodation options suit various budgets, from riverside camping to cottages, a motel and a golf resort. Getting to Howlong is easy, with the drive from Melbourne about three hours. You can fly from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane to Albury Airport and rent a car for the short drive to Howlong.