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Howlong is a lovely village located 30 kilometres west of Albury/Wodonga and sits on the Murray River, which separates the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria. The current population is approximately 3,000, growing in popularity, and lies within the Federation Council local government area.

Howlong is a popular destination for fishing, boating and golf as well as a delightful base for wine tasting in the nearby Rutherglen wine region.

The town of Howlong offers numerous sporting clubs, pony club, childcare, preschool, primary school, hotels/dining, IGA supermarket, shops, cafes, motel, bed & breakfast, caravan park, churches, various community groups and the very popular Howlong Golf Resort with a magnificent 18-hole course.

Howlong’s colonial origins began in 1836 when the NSW surveyor-general Major Mitchell set up camp on the southern bank before crossing the river as part of his ‘Australia Felix’ expedition.  In 1838 Joseph Hawdon set off from Howlong on the first Overland Cattle Drive to Adelaide. The same river crossing was used by Hawdon for the first overland mail delivery from Port Phillip (Melbourne) to Sydney via stagecoach.

Ever since Major Mitchell set up camp in this area in 1836, this small town (established in 1854) has been a living example of the spirit of discovery and a demonstration of the best things in life. Even today, camping on the very same banks remains a major drawcard.



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