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GREATER HUME Culcairn, Henty, Holbrook, Jindera, Walla Walla Sometimes the simply greater things are often the best, and it's good old country- style hospitality, a sense of heritage and natural beauty that make the towns and national parks of Greater Hume so appealing. Covering a large agricultural area between Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga in NSW, Greater Hume Shire includes Culcairn, Henty, Holbrook, Jindera, and Walla Walla, as well as smaller villages of Brocklesby, Burrumbuttock, Gerogery, Gerogery West, Morven, Walbundrie and Woomargama. The region's legendary history begins with the indigenous inhabitants, the Wiradjuri. Explorers Hume and Hovell and Major Mitchell all passed through here in the early 19th century, followed by early settlers and pastoralists who established successful farms. A notorious resident of the area in the 1860s was roaming bushranger Mad Dan Morgan – the marked site of one of his shootings is near Henty, while his lookout, a huge granite outcrop, is located near Walla Walla. Today you can learn about pioneer life and labour in numerous museums and historical buildings, including the Station Masters Residence in Culcairn, Gerogery Doll Museum, Cellar Mini Museum in Henty, Pioneer Museum in Jindera, Cobb & Co stables in Morven, Wymah Museum and the Woolpack Inn Museum in Holbrook. A favourite attraction in Holbrook is the Submarine Museum, which features the HMAS Otway, a 3D hologram, control room and working periscope. The town itself was renamed in 1915 after British WWI submarine commander and Victoria Cross recipient Lt Norman Holbrook. A scale model of his submarine, the HMS B11, is also in the park. If nature is more your thing, Greater Hume offers extensive hiking and mountain-biking trails, including parts of the 440km Hume and Hovell Walking Track and the Ian Geddes Bush Walk at Holbrook, as well as excellent birdwatching at Billabong Creek (the longest creek in Australia), Gum Swamp at Walla Walla and Doodle Cooma Swamp at Henty. Woomargama National Park and Benambra National Park (Table Top) also offer excellent bushwalking, while the Murray River, its tributaries and Lake Hume are great for fishing and watersports. The region boasts a busy calendar of country events from agricultural shows at Henty, Holbrook, Culcairn and Walbundrie, to Show n Shines and many family friendly festivals. There's also the famous Henty Machinery Field Days in September – a farm-friendly event that attracts over 50,000 visitors! Or frock up for the popular Commander Holbrook Cup race meeting in April – the locals will make you feel welcome! Hike through Woomargama National Park, or cycle around the country tracks and parks rich in birdlife. Find out what life is like aboard a submarine and how Holbrook got its name at the Submarine Museum. Join the crowds for a real country day out at the Henty Machinery Field Days. Take the ferry across the Murray at Wymah. GREATER HUME VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Submarine Precinct, Holbrook CALL: (02) 6036 2422 E: W: MUST EXPERIENCE MORE INFORMATION 33

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