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Corowa and Howlong History Trails

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Contact Corowa and Howlong History Trails

The Corowa region is rich with wonderful experiences, from ancient Indigenous and colonial history to contemporary arts and cultural attractions. In 1893 a conference held by the Federation League of Australia, saw a resolution passed that paved the way for the formation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901. Today the township of Corowa is often referred to as the ‘Birthplace of Federation’. Howlong’s origins can be traced back to 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 Yass, thence to Sydney via stage coach. Immerse yourself in the rich history as you uncover the stories behind twenty five historic sites and landmarks across the township of Corowa and the twenty eight historic sites of Howlong. Pick up a copy of the trail map from the Corowa Visitor Information Centre or Howlong Library and take a journey from yesteryear to the present day.