Howlong is 30kms from Albury, is now quickly becoming a dormitory suburb of Albury Wodonga, but that said the town has a vibrant historic past. Howlong has been around for a long time. Pleasingly the community has embraced that history and old buildings are an important part of the future of Howlong.
Howlong's beginnings trace back to ‘the half a days ride’ era and were equidistant from Albury and Corowa. The Murray River and the business generated there on also played a significant of the early growth
Prior to the founding of the township the Surveyor-General of New South Wales at that time Major Thomas Mitchell crossed the Murray River during his exploration of the area. There is a monument to Mitchell on the Victorian side of the river which states that Mitchell and his party camped at the location on 17 October 1836 and then crossed the river slightly downstream of their camping point on the following day.
Also in 1838 the site of the Mitchell river crossing became the location of the first postage mail delivery by a mail carrier, John Conway Bourke when he undertook to deliver the overland mail from Sydney to what would later be called Melbourne
Howlong is now an important inland township which services the smaller villages of the area with a range of stores that meet most of the everyday needs of the people of the area.
Howlong is a great little town that deserves a lengthy stopover.