Otway submarine, Greater Hume Shire Council

Population 1339

Holbrook is a well-known stock-breeding centre rich with history. Originally called The Germans after one of the first European settlers in the region, the name was later changed to Germanton. During World War I, with the allies fighting the Germans, even this name became unacceptable and a new name had to be found. British Commander Norman Holbrook was a war hero and had been awarded the Victoria Cross and the French Legion of Honour, so it was decided the town would be named after him.

Visitor Information

15 Wallace St; (02) 6036 2422


Nearby national parks

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In Town

Otway Submarine The 30 m vessel, once under the command of Norman Holbrook, was decommissioned in 1995. The town was given the fin of the submarine by the Royal Australian Navy, and was busily trying to raise funds to purchase the full piece of history, when a gift of $100 000 from Commander Holbrook's widow made the purchase possible. Mrs Holbrook was the guest of honour at the unveiling in 1996. The Submarine Museum next door features submariner memorabilia, including a control room with working periscope, and Commander Holbrook Room. Hume Hwy.

Bronze statue: Commander Holbrook and his submarine, a scale model of the one in which Holbrook won the VC in WW I; Holbrook Park, Hume Hwy.

Woolpack Inn Museum: 22 rooms furnished in turn-of-the-century style, horse-drawn vehicles and farm equipment surrounded by lovely gardens; Albury St.

Ten Mile Creek Gardens: attractive gardens, excellent for picnics. Also features a miniature railway, operating on the 2nd and 4th Sun each month, and every Sat during holidays; behind museum.

National Museum of Australian Pottery: extensive range of 19th- and early-20th-century domestic pottery, and photographs; closed Wed, and Aug; Albury St.

Ian Geddes Walk: through tranquil bushland, following Ten Mile Creek. Begins behind Grimwood's Craft Shop; Hume Hwy.


Airfield: ultralight flights over town and surrounds available; 3 km N.

Hume and Hovell Walking Track: access to short sections of the 440 km track from Albury to Yass via Woomargama; 15 km S. For a kit, including maps, contact Department of Lands, Sydney (02) 9228 6666.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Hume 42 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 70 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

Burrowa–Pine Mountain National Park 55 km

Located near the New South Wales border, 430 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, and one of Victoria’s lesser-known national parks, this has some remarkable features. The granitic Pine Mountain is one of the... Find out more

Birdwatching in Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands 70 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) 19 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 22 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 27 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

Lankeys Creek camping area 32 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

Burrowye Reserve camping area 35 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

Jingellic camping area 41 km

Jingellic is about 27 km south-west of Tumbarumba, on the banks of the upper Murray River. During summer happy campers flock to this pretty, shaded spot on the banks of the river for swimming, fishing and canoeing.... Find out more

Cottontree camping area 43 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

Koetong Creek camping area 43 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

Munderoo camping area (walk-in camping) 50 km

It’s a 12.5 km walk west from Mannus to Munderoo. If there’s water in the creek you can boil/treat it first before drinking, but be sure to bring enough to sustain yourself if the creek is dry.... Find out more

Neils Reserve camping area 53 km

Neils Reserve is a good choice for camping for several reasons. It has a great location beside the Murray River, between the small townships of Walwa and Tintaldra, so you can enjoy your favourite river-based activities.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Holbrook Motor Village 1 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 48 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

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

Albury Central Tourist Park 51 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

Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 60 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 67 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

Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 68 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

Colac Colac Caravan Park 72 km

We like this spacious park that is 7 km west of town, under large shady trees and alongside a popular trout stream. The budget-priced park in ‘Man from Snowy River’ territory has basic amenities and is ideal... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Arthur’s Cottage, Cudgewa 66 km

This historic mudbrick, two-bedroom cottage was built around 1897, but now has solar-powered lights and a gas kitchen. It sits quietly on the Cudgewa Creek, with platypus drifting past. You will need to bring your own... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Holbrook park area 13 km

At Holbrook

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

Woomargama Rest Area 14 km

Middle of town

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good facilities.

Mullengandra rest area 23 km

40km NE of Albury (L)

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

Kyeamba Gap East rest area 33 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Kilgowlah Creek rest area 51 km

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

Just off the highway under a few large trees.

Boranbola rest area 67 km

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

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Howlong rest area 69 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 71 km

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

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Chiltern rest area 76 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

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

Ironbark rest area 77 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

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

Berry Jerry rest area 77 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Planes, Trains and Submarines Festival: Mar.

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