Holbrook is a rural NSW town surrounded by national parks, walking trails and the picturesque Murray River. Named after a decorated World War I submariner, Holbrook is home to a decommissioned Australian submarine, along with a collection of unique museums, local boutiques and leafy parks.
Things to do in Holbrook
Discover Holbrook’s naval heritage at the Holbrook Submarine Museum, which lets you explore inside the decommissioned Australian submarine, HMAS Otway. It also boasts authentic submarine memorabilia, including torpedoes and submarine escape suits. Just down the road is the National Museum of Australian Pottery, home to over 1,700 pieces of domestic pottery from the 19th and early-20th centuries.
Take the kids on a train ride at Holbrook Miniature Railway, which transports you through the beautiful vegetation and waterway that surrounds Ten Mile Creek Gardens. You can also time your visit for the Holbrook Community Markets, where you’ll find farm-fresh produce, one-of-a-kind clothing, artisan goods and family-friendly entertainment.
Beginner and experienced golfers alike will enjoy the challenging holes at the Holbrook Country Club, which also has a pro shop and regular junior golf days. If shopping is more your style, then duck into Grimwoods Store Craft Shop for handmade crafts and jams or The Last Post Bookshop for books on Australia’s military history.
Outdoor adventurers should head to Woomargama National Park, where you can hike and four-wheel drive through a vast expanse of native trees and wildlife, including kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and wallabies. Get your thrills at Holbrook Ultralight Club, which offers comprehensive lessons on flying ultralight aircraft.
Getting around Holbrook
You can easily drive to Holbrook from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra in three to five hours or fly from Melbourne and Sydney to Albury Airport, about 40 minutes away. Holbrook’s centre is walkable, but you’ll need a private car to explore further.