Greater Hume Shire offers a 'simply greater' natural environment throughout the Shire.
Wirraminna Environmental Centre
Wirraminna occupies four hectares of formerly unused ground around the old government dam, between the school and the recreation ground in Burrumbuttock, 30 km north of Albury, in southern NSW. From its beginning in 1995, it has developed into an environmental education centre that provides opportunities for discovery and learning about the natural environment, the ecology of the local woodlands and the beauty of native plants for our gardens.
Over 2000 primary school children visit Wirraminna annually from schools throughout the region. It also provides a popular outing for clubs and organisations in the district, and many locals and visitors to the region call in to explore the gardens and learn about our local environment. Extensive interpretative signage around the park tells the environment story.
Woomargama National Park and Hume & Hovell Walking Track
Woomargama National Park is the largest protected area west of the Great Dividing Range, and is home to a large number of endangered species. Birdwatching reveals wonders such as the regent honeyeater, superb parrot and powerful owl.
There are two campgrounds within the National Park, the Samual Bollard and Tin Mines campgrounds. Basic camping facilities are available including sealed pit toilets, shelters, wood BBQ, picnic tables and rainwater tanks.
Hume and Hovell walking track cuts through Woomargama, so you can pick up its trail and go hiking through the bush. There are plenty of unsealed routes to test the capabilities of your 4WD or your cycling skills on a mountain bike. But you could just soak up the fresh air on foot, admire the multitude of wildflowers and enjoy the view. From Norths lookout, the vistas are among the most spectacular in the region.
At about 1000m above sea level, Norths lookout is where you go when you want to see for miles. This natural granite platform offers 180-degree scenic views of entire regions: Upper Murray Valley, the western face of Snowy Mountains, Riverina district and the town of Holbrook. There’s an interpretive board onsite to help you identify this outstanding Australian landscape.
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Bird Trails in Greater Hume
There are a large number of birdwatching sites in Greater Hume Shire. Some of these have been identified by the Riverina and SOuth West Slopes Bird Route Project, which focuses on protecting and promoting remnant native woodland vegetation conducive to bird watching activities, bird watching sites and good visitor access. Bird watching sites have been identified in the "Bird trails of the Riverina and South West Slopes of NSW" booklet.
Click here for a PDF of the "Bird trails of the Riverina and South West Slopes of NSW".
There are many birds which inhabit these sites including Noisy Friar Bird, Dusky Woodswallow, Australian Hobby, Grey Crowned Babbler, Weebill, Thornbill, Swift Parrot, King Parrot, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Speckled Warbler, Honeyeater, Rufous Whistler, Brown Treecreeper, Sacred Kingfisher, Peaceful Dove, Rufous Songlark, Pardalotes, Crested Shrike-tit, Golden Whistler, Flame Robin, Rainbow Bee-eater, Zebra Finch, White-browed Woodswallor, Australian Pipit, Tawny Frogmouth, Bush Stone Curlew and Varied Sittella.
Holbrook Landcare Network is a Not for Profit community network based in southern NSW with a 24 year history. HLN is a vibrant rural organisation managing a range of agricultural and NRM projects to deliver information and support to our community, predominantly farmers. HLN supports farmers to achieve environmental care and improved management; the adoption of sustainable and productive agricultural practices and the support of innovation.
Landcare Self Drive Eco-Tour
The Landcare SelfDrive Ecotour showcases a number of sites, easily visable from the road, that demonstrate how Landcare is addressing problems like salinity, erosion, declining water quality and loss of biodiversity.
There are three different ecotours, the Four Mile Lane Circuit, the Annandayle Road Circuit and the Mountain Creek Circuit.
For a copy of the map contact the Visitor Information Centre at 15 Wallace Street Holbrook or telephone 02 6036 2422.