Howard, Torbanlea and Aldershot

Brooklyn House Howard Flowers Howard Drapery Torbanlea Races


The old coal mining towns of Howard and Torbanlea and nearby Aldershot are filled with good old fashioned country charm.

Miners moved into the area as early as 1864 when a seam of coal was discovered on the banks of the Burrum River.

The Burrum District Museum at Howard houses an impressive collection of memorabilia and information on the region's mining past. while a "Walk of Achievers" honours some of the region's finest one-time residents.

Howard has a number of quaint old buildings, including Van Cooten's, an old time working drapery store, a historic post office and the homes of former Prime Minister Andrew Fisher and Dame Annabelle Rankin, the State's first female Senator.

Country markets are held on the first Saturday of every month with a night market on the third Saturday of the month. There are great swimming and fishing spots as well as boat ramps along the nearby Burrum River, and a lovely country golf course.

At neighbouring Torbanlea, visit the town's picnic race track and sporting grounds where you can experience the fantastic atmosphere of the annual picnic races and family fun day each October.



Explore the nearby Wongi Waterholes – a beautiful picnic and camping spot, fringed by paperbark trees and surrounded by forest or go fishing in Lake Lenthall.

   Coal Heritage Discovery Trail