Riverina Hotel and Free Camp is a family owned and operated country pub, located in Holbrook NSW, about halfway between Melbourne and Sydney. The locals know the pub as the “middle” with the owners, Murray and Mathew Oates being a father and son team who are both chefs by trade.
The campsite is a massive 3000 square metre area that is pet-friendly and right next to the pub. No tents are permitted in this area but there are large shady areas suitable for camper trailers, caravans, motorhomes and big rigs. If you only have a tent and need somewhere comfortable to sleep, you can stay in one of their hotel rooms. Amenities are available for guests staying but there is a small fee associated with their use.
The owners have been updating the facilities with new bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities and there is also a fridge available in the common area. It has excellent off-street parking with good 24-hour access for guests.
The Pub itself is over 100 years old and has been passed down from family to family over the past several generations. You can eat, drink, and stay all in the one place. This is a relaxing family style hotel with a superb range of home-style bistro meals. There are also daily specials for both lunch and dinner and kids even eat for free on Mondays.
Lunch is served between 12pm and 2pm daily and dinner from 6pm.
Pokies and TAB are available in the bar, and they have a large beer garden with a kids playground. You are welcome to check in for a quiet one and maybe even to stay for a night or three.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Riverina Hotel is right in the middle of Holbrook on Albury Road which is the Old Hume Highway. From either end of town they are easy to find on the Western (Freeway) side of the road opposite the Post Office; turn into Bowler Street and then right into the driveway and car park; the camping area is beyond this at the rear.
The driveway regularly has trucks using it and has great clearance and width for all vans and RV’s once on Bowler St, turn right at the back of the shops which will bring you to the back of the hotel. Go inside and staff will happily help with any of your needs.
FEES & BOOKINGS
There is no fee to stay at the Pub Campsite, but they would appreciate your patronage.
There is a very small fee to use the amenities
Bookings are not essential, but if you ring ahead, they will shout you a cold beer.
THINGS TO DO
The pub is located 200m from the HMAS Otway and Holbrook Submarine Experience with great displays and a holographic display with an explanation of how the town became known as Holbrook.
Markets – The Holbrook Community Markets are held monthly on the fourth Saturday of the month. A family-friendly market set in the parklands near the B11 Submarine, where local vendors and farmers gather to showcase their goods
Miniature Trains – The Holbrook passenger carrying miniature railway runs in the beautiful Ten Mile Creek Gardens in the centre of Holbrook on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. For operating dates please visit the Greater Hume Shire website.
The Woolpack Inn Museum – formerly the Criterion Hotel, is a two story historic building with heritage listing. There are 22 rooms of exhibits. Some of these rooms depict the way Holbrook residents lived last century. The museum has a wonderful display evoking the pioneering past of Holbrook. There is also an extensive display of early transport and machinery used in the district.
Holbrook is also home to the National Museum of Australia Poetry.
You can check out the local Golf Course and some unique shops and galleries.
Holbrook is within easy reach of the Woomargama National Park and Norths Lookout nearby offers 180-degree views from over 1000m high.
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