Bonegilla Migrant Centre Wodonga
Bonegilla Migrant Centre Wodonga

Surrounded by history

The past comes alive out of town. Hit the road to discover more about this fascinating part of Australia.

Whatever your interest, the drive around AlburyWodonga alone is worth your time, with picturesque views of the countryside all around and stops along the way ready to engage and enlighten.

Bonegilla

Approximately 320,000 European immigrants arrived here after World War Two as part of the government’s migration scheme, staying for a time here on their way to their new lives in Australia. Today Bonegilla Migrant Experience tells their personal stories through memorabilia amid their one-time living quarters. Many of those people, and their descendants, have made a pilgrimage here. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in Australia’s multicultural history.

Pioneers and bushrangers

Just minutes out of town is the Jindera Pioneer Museum which recreates the days of early pioneers. There are historic buildings and relics to explore, including the Pioneer Slab Hut and an original wattle and daub cottage from over 150 years ago.

In Greater Hume, there are more places where you can connect with the past, including Morgan’s Lookout where the notorious bushranger Mad Dog Morgan hid from police in the 1860s. Climb the steps for spectacular 360-degree panoramas of the region, then post the views to make the folks at home jealous!

Armed forces history

With a quick detour to the quaint town of Holbrook you’ll find the Holbrook Submarine. It stands as a memorial to those brave souls who have served in submarines during times of war and peace. You can learn all about their experiences at the Submarine Museum.

Another popular military destination just a short drive away is the Army Museum Bandiana. War buffs, historians and general visitors alike will love to get up close to its extensive collection of uniforms and weapons, as well as its 150 military vehicles including bikes, cars, trucks, heavy equipment and armoured vehicles.

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