Station masters residence, Greater Hume Shire Council

Population 1118

Culcairn is located at the heart of 'Morgan country' where Dan 'Mad Dog' Morgan terrorised the district between 1862 and 1865. This peaceful town owes its tree-lined streets and lush green parks to an underground water supply discovered in 1926.

Visitor Information

Greater Hume Shire Visitor Information Centre, 15 Wallace St, Holbrook; (02) 6036 2422

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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In Town

Stationmaster's Residence: beautifully restored museum (1883) reflects the importance of the railway; just across railway line.

Billabong Creek: good fishing, one of the longest creeks in the Southern Hemisphere.

National Trust–classified buildings: includes historic Culcairn Hotel (1891), still operating; Railway Pde and Olympic Way.


Henty This historic pastoral town has the Headlie Taylor Header Memorial, a tribute to the mechanical header harvester that revolutionised the grain industry. The nearby Sergeant Smith Memorial Stone marks the spot where Morgan fatally wounded a police officer, and the adjacent Doodle Cooma Swamp is 2000 ha of breeding area for waterbirds. 24 km N.

John McLean's grave: McLean was shot by Mad Dog Morgan; 3 km E.

Premier Yabby Farm: tours through yabby-related displays and open ponds; also fishing, picnicking and barbecue facilities; (02) 6029 8351; 6 km SW.

Round Hill Station: where Morgan committed his first hold-up in the area; Holbrook Rd; 15 km E.

Walla Walla: old schoolhouse (1875) and the largest Lutheran church in NSW (1924); 18 km SW.

Morgan's Lookout: granite outcrop on otherwise flat land, allegedly used by Morgan to look for approaching victims and police; 18 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Hume 43 km

Albury–Wodonga is ideal for anyone seeking a variety of freshwater fishing. The list of fish species on offer reads like a Who’s Who of southern Australian freshwater fish. It includes Murray cod,... Find out more

Wagga Wagga 71 km

In my early teens I lived in Wagga Wagga for about three years and spent many hours fishing from a kayak on the Murrumbidgee and at Lake Albert. The river held excellent numbers of redfin, and they were of good size, so... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Rutherglen region 68 km

The Rutherglen region in the far north of the state is renowned particularly for its fortified ports and muscats, perfect for a winter’s night. There are no organically certified wineries in the area, although... Find out more

Birdwatching in Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands 71 km

Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands are Ramsar-listed, and among nearly 200 birds spotted here are brolgas, black-winged stilts and painted snipes. Fivebough has 5 kilometres of walking tracks, with bird hides along the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Samuel Bollard camping area (walk-in camping) 37 km

Samuel Bollard was one of Hovell’s servants. This is a walk-in only campsite on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track. Set amid eucalypts, it is 12 km south-east of Woomargama and 28 km west of Tin Mines campsite.... Find out more

Tin Mines camping area 46 km

This is a campsite on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track about 40 km west of Jingellic and 28 km east of Tin Mines camping area. It has 4WD, dry-weather access only via Tin Mines Rd from Tunnel Rd. If there’s water... Find out more

Kurrajongs camping area 47 km

The Kurrajongs is located up near Lake Hume at the peaceful northern edge of the park, and is accessed via Murray River Rd. Hikers will love the 7 km Flaggy Creek Gorge Walking Track that traverses this area. It first... Find out more

Richardsons Bend camping area 51 km

Take Kings Rd off the Old Barnawartha Rd to reach Richardsons Bend, which lies a few kilometres north-west of Barnawartha North. Note: like many of the tracks leading to sites beside the Murray River, this route is... Find out more

Doolans Bend camping area 53 km

Doolans Bend is one of many twists and turns in the Murray River to the immediate north-west of Barnawartha North. Fishing, canoeing and swimming tend to make up the daily agenda here, with long breaks between activities... Find out more

Cottontree camping area 55 km

This lovely camping area is west of the town of Granya, down Webbs La. Take the short walk from here to the seasonal Granya Falls, which passes by a Scout hut built in the 1930s. A tad more challenging is the 6 km... Find out more

Burrowye Reserve camping area 57 km

The Burrowye Reserve is adjacent to the densely treed Mt Lawson State Park – the summit of the mountain at the centre of the park provides fantastic views of the surrounding region. Burrowye is about 24 km west of... Find out more

Lankeys Creek camping area 58 km

It’s only a short walk from the carpark off Holbrook–Jingellic Rd to this campsite, about 16 km north of the small town of Jingellic. Boil/treat the creek water before drinking.... Find out more

Gooramadda State Forest (Police Paddocks) camping area 59 km

The Police Paddocks are so named because police horses used to have a rest in the vicinity in the late 19th century. Nowadays it’s campers who put themselves out to pasture here to take a break from heavy activity.... Find out more

Koetong Creek camping area 60 km

This campground is near its namesake creek – from the Murray Valley Hwy, head north on Firebrace Track, continue along Mt Lawson Rd, then turn west on Koetong Creek Track. Back near the highway is a historic... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Holbrook Motor Village 25 km

In an ideal position, this comfortable tidy park caters for travellers on the Hume Highway. It is convenient for an overnight stop or a longer stay. Pets are allowed at the manager’s discretion.... Find out more

Albury Citygate Holiday Park 42 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Highway and located on the northern fringe of greater Albury, this is an ideal park for an overnight stop or longer. Pets allowed in own caravan or motorhome.... Find out more

Albury Central Tourist Park 45 km

This centrally located park is about 2 km from the city centre in a quiet, off-highway location. It has good facilities including a tennis court. This is a basic park, but a good base for exploring the greater Albury... Find out more

Lake Hume Tourist Park 49 km

On the shores of Lake Hume and 14 km from Albury, this park makes an ideal holiday base. It features a store, with a good takeaway-food selection. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies... Find out more

Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 52 km

The park is on the western edge of town in a quiet off-highway location. It has good facilities and is our choice of parks in the town area.... Find out more

Big4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park 68 km

This older well-maintained and well-managed park, 2 km east of the town centre on the Sturt Highway, has long-established shade trees. this is a convenient and easily accessible park for the through traveller. Bookings... Find out more

Ball Park Caravan Park 69 km

This is a large council-owned park, close to the centre of town. It is a popular holiday destination and bookings are required in peak periods; a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends. Pets... Find out more

Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 69 km

Nestled alongside the Murrumbidgee River, this park has wide expanses of shady lawns and is within walking distance of the main shopping area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Corowa Caravan Park 70 km

The park is 2 km east of town with frontage to the Murray River. It is the closest park to the popular golf course. Large and shady, this park is great for a weekend or a longer break. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Woomargama Rest Area 26 km

Middle of town

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good facilities.

Mullengandra rest area 28 km

40km NE of Albury (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Holbrook park area 36 km

At Holbrook

Just off the highway near the information centre and submarine display.

Kyeamba Gap East rest area 51 km

34km S of Tarcutta (R) or 36km N of Holbrook (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Howlong rest area 52 km

T/O 16km E of Rutherglen (L) or 28km W of Wodonga (R)

Overlooking a river 7km north of the highway on the road to Howlong.

Browns Plains rest area 56 km

18km E of Rutherglen (L) or 26km W of Wodonga (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Police Paddocks camping area 59 km

T/O 2km E of Rutherglen (L) or 42km W of Wodonga (R)

Large area 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Gooramadda and Police Paddock rds. Located on the banks of Murphys Creek in Gooramadda State Forest.

Chiltern rest area 63 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.

Ironbark rest area 64 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.

Kilgowlah Creek rest area 66 km

14km SW of Tarcutta (L) or 56km NE of Holbrook (R)

Just off the highway under a few large trees.

Berry Jerry rest area 67 km

66km SE of Narrandera (L) or 32km NW of Wagga Wagga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Boranbola rest area 75 km

22km E of Wagga Wagga (R) or 23km W of Hume Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

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