Holbrook provides busy families with liveability and fresh air, and space to move and grow in a relaxed safe environment.
Holbrook is the largest town in Greater Hume Shire that forms part of the Riverina region. Holbrook is a perfect base for family or business; it is an ideal location to live, work and to raise a family in close proximity to nearby regional centres of Albury and Wagga Wagga. Holbrook is a vibrant town servicing productive rural industries and bypass highway traffic; facilities include supermarkets, cafe/restaurants, schools, retail, medical and hospital services, affordable housing and excellent sporting facilities.
Holbrook forms part of Greater Hume Shire; other towns in the shire include Culcairn, Henty, Jindera and Walla Walla and a number of smaller villages and all are connected safe communities. Greater Hume offers a diversity of affordable residential and rural residential land.
- Four major banks
- Real estate agents
- Legal and accounting firms
- Engineering manufacturers
- Post offices
- Service Stations
- Motor Repairers
- Veterinary Clinics
- Swimming Pools
- Tennis Courts
- Golf course
- Clothing retail
Greater Hume (and Holbrook) Facts
Population: Shire population 10,176
Housing: Greater Hume offers a wide range of residential alternatives, from the traditional home on a quarter acre block, to larger lifestyle rural residential acreages.
Housing Median price - Culcairn $140,000 Henty $132,500 Holbrook $136,000 Jindera $277,500 Walla Walla $114,000.
The affordable rental market offers properties with averaging $130 to $500 pw.
Location: Distance from Sydney 492km, Melbourne 389km, Canberra 280km.
Climate: Greater Hume Shire experiences four distinct seasons with warm to hot dry summers, mild autumns and springs and cool to cold winters. Average annual rainfall is 700mm.
HMAS Otway: One of the shire’s key attractions is the HMAS Otway submarine right in the centre of Holbrook and the adjacent submarine museum. Here you can not only see and actually climb onto the 90m long submarine but learn about Holbrook’s unique relationship with submarines and Commander Norman D Holbrook VC, It’s a great hands-on experience.
Henty Machinery Field Days: Located in the heart of the nation’s food bowl in southern NSW, Henty Machinery Field Days is an agribusiness supermarket attracting more than 60,000 visitors each year. Henty Machinery Field Days is now regarded as southern Australia’s single biggest agricultural event, showcasing the latest in machinery and farm equipment, outdoors and camping products, farm produce, agronomy, country lifestyle, government and health services, agribusiness and finance services.
Explore Our History: Greater Hume Shire is steeped in a rich history of pioneering heritage, bushranger legends and early settlement. Day trips enable families and visitors to explore history right across the shire. Discover bushrangers’ hideouts, walking trails, historic sites and buildings, and visit the many museums that tell the story of life a century ago.
A strong interest in our environment: One highlight is the Woomargama National Park, which provides stunning vistas south to the Murray River and north to the Riverina. It is an important haven for a large number of threatened and endangered species such as the regent honeyeater, superb parrot, powerful owl, Boooralong frog and carpet python. It’s also home to a rare wattle, Acacia phasmoides. New volunteers are most welcome to join the Volunteer Working Party, an active and passionate group of naturalists.
Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre occupies four hectares of formerly unused ground around the old government dam, between the school and the recreation ground in Burrumbuttock, 30 km north of Albury, in southern NSW. Wirraminna has developed into an environmental education centre that provides opportunities for discovery and learning about the natural environment, the ecology of the local woodlands and the beauty of native plants for our gardens.
Childcare and Education
Day Care: Family Day Care and In Home Care is offered throughout the shire and operated by the Greater Hume Shire Council. A long day care centre operates in Holbrook and an occasional care service available at Culcairn. Community Early Years Childcare operate a mobile occasional care service at Walla Walla, Woomargama and Henty.
Preschools: Community based preschools are located at Holbrook, Henty, Culcairn, Jindera and Burrumbuttock.
Primary Schools: There are 15 primary schools across the shire including both public and private.
High Schools: There is one central public high school in the shire located at Culcairn. There is also a private coeducational boarding secondary college located at Walla Walla and a coeducational catholic secondary college at Jindera. Buses also service a range of public and private high schools in larger regional centres.
Sporting & Recreation
Access to sporting and recreation opportunities is a feature
- Netball, basketball
- Cricket senior & junior
- Equestrian - pony club, polocrosse, campdrafting, adult riding clubs
- Australian Rules Football senior and junior
- Lawn bowls
- Skate park
- Bush walking and bird watching.
Health & Medical
The Greater Hume Shire offers a diverse range of healthcare services. Holbrook, Henty and Culcairn all have hospitals. There is an ambulance station located at Holbrook. Culcairn, Henty, Holbrook and Jindera all have GP’s in local medical centres and all have pharmacies. There are a number of specialised health services available in the main towns and the Shire’s proximity to the large regional centres of Albury and Wagga Wagga mean that higher order services are reasonably easy and quick to access.
Aged Care Providers
Aged Care Hostels: There are aged care hotels managed by UPA operating in Holbrook, Henty and Jindera. Holbrook also has a high care wing as part of its health service at the hospital.
Community Care: A range of government and not for profit organisations provide aged and disability services in the home across the shire. Meals on Wheels operates in Holbrook, Walla Walla, Culcairn, Jindera and Henty. Home Care Packages and other services designed to assist residents who wish to stay in their home longer, are offered throughout the shire and are available from Intereach, Lutheran and UPA.
Aged and Community Housing: Greater Hume Shire Council manage 44 units and houses at subsidised rents across the shire for aged and low income residents.
The Shire is a great location for equine pursuits, exploring historical buildings and historic sites, pioneer history, bushrangers’ hideouts, walking trails, national parks and more. Major towns have a selection of excellent cafes, restaurants and farm based function centres catering for weddings and other celebrations.
Greater Hume has an infrastructure advantage as it is located between major population centres and is well serviced by highways and rail. Two major highways pass through the Shire being the Hume Highway and the Olympic Highway as well as the Sydney–Melbourne main line. The Hume Highway is the primary freight route between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and is also the main route for intra-regional travel.
The Olympic Highway links Cowra and Albury via Culcairn and Henty and offers an alternative route to Sydney through the regional centres of Wagga Wagga and Bathurst. These road links make Greater Hume a strategic and convenient location for residents and businesses especially those with road transport and logistics focus.
The Shire is also located on the main Southern rail route between Sydney and Melbourne with railway stations at Henty and Culcairn enabling easy access to regular regional and capital city services. The Shire is also within close proximity to Albury regional airport with frequent flights and choice of airlines to Sydney and Melbourne.
Capital city coach services also pass through Holbrook with established central bus stop location in Holbrook.
Greater Hume’s main towns offer supermarket and good retail facilities and most villages have general stores. Some retail businesses, such as butchers, offer outstanding local produce and a wide variety of product. Major shopping requirements can easily be satisfied with extensive retail services available in Albury and Wagga Wagga.
Country people are resourceful in making their own brand of fun especially when it comes to enjoying the outdoors.
BBQs, bonfires and social events like the picnic races,agricultural shows, and film nights are popular. Much entertainment is generated through local schools, sport and special interest groups or clubs.
Things to See & Do
Coming for a weekend visit?
Coming for a weekend visit? Try these must do suggestions to make the most of your visit!
The Submarine Connection Tour: Spend time at the Holbrook Submarine Precinct, enjoying the HMAS Otway Submarine or at the Holbrook Submarine Museum. Submerge yourself in the history of the HMAS Otway at the Holbrook Submarine Museum where you can explore life as a submariner in the Otway’s control room with the working periscope, ward room, submariner’s bunk beds and the captain’s cabin. Or learn how submariners used escape suits to make an emergency exit of a submarine. While in the Submarine Precinct grab some lunch and spend some time in the Gallipoli Victoria Cross Rest Area. Honouring the nine Australians awarded the Victoria Cross during the Gallipoli campaign; the rest area details the gallant efforts of the nine Australians and the town’s namesake, Commander Norman Holbrook.
Museum & Heritage Exploration: Explore the history of Greater Hume Shire at one of our many heritage museums.
Go back in time at the Woolpack Inn Museum in Holbrook. With over 22 rooms depicting life in the 19th Century, the museum is a must see for the history buff or anyone interested in rural life. The grounds house a 1872 drop slab school house, a replica of the old Holbrook bakery, a black smith’s shop and a large collection of old machinery, wagons and coaches. I
Then take a drive to the award winning Jindera Pioneer Museum which also pays homage to the pioneers of the past; the German settlers who trekked from Adelaide in horse drawn wagons. The museum hosts a collection of articles, furniture, household goods and machinery, presented into a truly original and historic setting of old world architecture and charm.
On your travels to the next town why not pack a picnic lunch and stop off at Morgan’s Lookout, the stomping ground of the infamous bushranger Mad Dan Morgan. Morgan utilised the granite outcrop as a lookout allowing him to evade capture. Today the Lookout provides spectacular views of the surrounding scenery and is the perfect place to enjoy lunch in the countryside.
Railway enthusiasts must make a stop at the Culcairn Station House Museum. Now fully restored, Station House was home to seventeen Stationmasters and their families from 1883 -1979 and is a tangible reminder of the great railway expansion of the last century. For more than 100 years Station House has dominated the railway scene in Culcairn, together with the historical Railway Station, the complex reflects the significance of Culcairn as a major rail junction of the steam era.
The town of Henty has seen its fair share of innovative machinery, with Henty playing host to the machine of the year award at the annual field days, but no invention has surpassed that of the local Headlie Taylor’s Header. Taylor’s Header revolutionized the grain industry worldwide and dubbed Henty the ‘home of the header’. This agricultural innovation has been commemorated by the Headlie Taylor Header and Blacksmith Museum where you can see an authentic Headlie Taylor Header and learn how it modernized the agricultural industry.
Birdwatchers Trek- Environment: Take in the natural beauty of the Woomargama National Park, with picturesque waterfalls and spectacular scenery making the National Park a must see for nature enthusiasts when on the border. The National Park is the largest protected area of land west of the Great Dividing Range. At its highest peak, 1000 metres at North’s Lookout, the National Park offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors who venture into the National Park are rewarded with an abundance of natural flora and fauna- Red and Grey Kangaroos, swamp wallabies, squirrel gliders, wombats and even carpet pythons. The National Park is ideal for walking, biking, 4WD, horse riding or camping.
Murray River Adventure: Experience the natural beauty of the upper Murray in Greater Hume Shire from Talmalmo to Bowna. The upper Murray is the perfect place to spend a day, whether you are into fishing, boating, canoeing or even just a drive along the banks of the river to enjoy the views. With the Wymah Ferry operating during the day, it is easy to cross the river and enjoy the scenery from both sides.
As you travel along the Murray, why not stop for a spot of fishing? There are plenty of spots along the Murray where you can stop off and fish on the banks or put the boat in at one of the many boat ramps along the river. With early summer being the best time for catching Murray Cod you may even land the catch of the day!