Lake Hume, a large dam in the Murray River, is situated in the Albury-Wodonga region, northeast Australia between Victoria and New South Wales. This lake is named after Hamilton Hume, an Australian explorer, and its dam was constructed between late 1919 to 1936. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction that offers recreational activities all year long, including camping, fishing, boating, waterskiing, and sight seeing. West of Lake Hume is the twin town, Albury-Wodonga, which is where many people reside during their visits to this lake. Lake Hume is teeming with activity and it can get overwhelming to navigate your fishing opportunities, so we did the research and put together the ultimate guide to fishing in Lake Hume.
The Best 6 Lake Hume Accommodations
Lake Hume Resort - The Lake Hume Resort is between Albury and Wodonga and offers four different kinds of accommodations: standard twin queen rooms, standard king room, deluxe king room, and 3-bedroom cottages. The prices are about between $80 to $100 for a room. All of these options offer air conditioning, television, tea and coffee making facilities, and modern interior. The entire resort is filled with many activities to keep you occupied during your trip, such as a games room, pool, tennis court, mini golf area, and a barbeque fire pit. Many tourist attractions, from the Hume Dam to the Albury Botanic Gardens. are nearby as well.
Lakeview’s Villa - This lakefront resort offers cozy and homey suites with kitchenettes close to Lake Hume (only a 13 minute walk away!). The Albury Botanic Gardens and the Murray Art Museum are also not too far from this accommodation. You are welcome to choose from 2 bedroom units and 1 bedroom suites and the nights here are quaint.
Discovery Parks - Situated in Ebden, not too far from Lake Hume, Discovery Parks is a popular stay for all kinds of visitors. The kinds of rooms they offer include a standard 2-bedroom, standard 2-bedroom cabin, superior 2 bedroom cabin, superior cabin, deluxe cabin, deluxe 2-bedroom cabin, deluxe 2-bedroom, deluxe 3-bedroom cabin, deluxe spa cabin. The prices range between $80 to a little over $100.
Albury Manor House - This 4-star accommodation will have you feeling relaxed and luxurious. In general, the prices linger between $60 to $70, the outliers being the apartments and suites, which run over $100, but this location proves to be worth it. Their rooms include an executive room, executive tudor, deluxe twin, deluxe king, large family room, royal manor suite, executive apartment with a jetted tub, and executive 2-bedroom apartment.
The Boomerang Hotel - This accommodation is a quaint and sweet stay. Only a 15 minute drive from Lake Hume, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t book sooner. They offer a studio queen, studio family, and studio queen and single room, their prices running between $60 to $80.
Inspiring Views - This place is a gem! The architecture and sculpture of this location are beautiful and unique, and allow for a memorable holiday. As per the name, the views here are incredible to wake up to. They offer a deluxe suite and a deluxe twin room, the prices being around $100. It is also only a short drive away from Lake Hume, the Albury Botanic Gardens, and the airport.
Lake Hume Caravan Park
The Lake Hume Discovery Parks is an award-winning park meant to house tourists coming from all walks of life. They offer powered and unpowered sites for mobile stayers, as well as multiple cabins, all requiring a 3 night minimum stay to get the full experience. With all of the park’s recreational activities and features, you’ll never be bored. Unfortunately, it’s not a dog-friendly park, so the pups will have to stay at home this time! But the kids are welcome to stay and indugle in the various game and movie rooms, trampolines, playgrounds, and seasonal kid’s clubs. Play on the tennis courts and countless other sports facilities, or take it easy with friends and family at the BBQ site or the outdoor kitchen. Dip your toes in the park on-site swimming pool or unwind at the luxurious park spa. If you’re planning on visiting Lake Hume, you can take a swim, fish, or hire a boat to really enhance your holiday. Not only is Lake Hume’s Caravan Park near the lake, but it is also not far from many sites that offer Victorian history, such as Beechworth, Glenrowan, Corryong, the High Country Rail Trail, the Bandiana Army Museum, the Bonegilla Migrant Experience, and the Rutherglen Wine Region.
The Great Aussie Holiday Park is another Caravan Park that is highly spacious (in fact, it is one of the most spacious across Albury NSW), with about 2km of private foreshore along Lake Hume. Thankfully, this caravan park has dog friendly camping. The land is usually grassed or paved, powered or unpowered, and covered with shade trees and natives to provide shelter and shadow. Access to power and water is no problem here. The location of the camping and caravan parks are conveniently located; all of the amenities are only a short stroll away. Some of the amenities include a swimming pool, waterspray park, BBQ area, movies, boat fuel, dump points, sullage, LP gas, showers, toilets, and laundry! Per night, the powered camping and caravan sites are $35 and the unpowered camping and caravan sites are $25. The powered sites can get quite competitive so plan accordingly!
The Best Hume Lake Cabin Rentals
Lake Hume Tourist Park - This wouldn’t be a proper list without mentioning one of the most popular sites for cabin rental and recreational fun, Lake Hume Tourist Park. They offer basic cabins, hill top cabins, lake view cabins, and deluxe cabins; the prices range between $60 and $80 depending on your need! The Hume Dam is only a 12 minute walk from this location!
Ingenia Holidays Albury - Another excellent and homey option set amongst nature! Ingenia Holidays offers a total of 18 cabins: standard 1- and 2-bedroom cabins, and 1- and 2-bedroom deluxe villas, housing between 4 and 6 people. This location is less than 10 miles from Lake Hume, as well as a 10 minute drive from the Albury Library Museuym and a Commercial Golf Resort.
Secura Lifestyle BIG4 Borderland Wodonga - Only 2 miles from the Albury Wodonga Golf Driving Range and 1.4 miles from the Wodonga Golf Course, this property is a great accommodation for those looking to get away. They offer a budget cabin, 1-bedroom cottage, standard cabin, family cabin, bungalow, deluxe family cabin, studio cottage, villa, and poolside villa. Talk about variety! Keep the little ones busy at the pool, playground, and games room, while you relax in the garden or the BBQ areas. Dogs are welcome with a fee of 20 AUD per night.
Jindera Park - The cabin at Jindera Park includes 1 queen-size bed, a sofa bed, and a hill view, housing a maximum of 3 people. This accommodation is quaint and comfy, and offers a BBQ area and free self-parking. Pets aren’t allowed but children are!
Hume Lake Camping
The serene nature of Hume Lake is surely an experience worth the travel. However, there is no direct camping permitted on the foreshore of Lake Hume without permission from the land holders. If you’re enthusiastic about camping in the area, the Albury Wodonga region offers certain areas near the banks of the Murray River.
Many of the other accommodations, such as Discovery Park and the Great Aussie Holiday Park, offer designated powered and unpowered campgrounds in their area.
Hume Lake Campground
The campgrounds you can find in the Albury Wodonga region include:
Richardsons Bend. Encompassed by an open flood plain forest, this campground is found on the banks of the Murray River. Richardsons Bend is campfire friendly, dog friendly, open to fishing, and has available wifi.
Doolans Bend. This campground is also found on the banks of the Murray River and is encompassed by an open flood plain forest. Doolans Bend is campfire friendly, dog friendly, open to fishing and boating, and has benches and available wifi.
Howlong Lions Park. This campground is found on the low level banks of the Murray River next to a playground and BBQ amenities. Howlong Lions Park has RV parking, benches, wifi, and restrooms. It is dog friendly, fishing friendly, and campfire friendly.
Wodonga Showgrounds. This area is about 1km from the Wodonga CBD. Wodonga Showgrounds offers RV parking, restrooms, showers, ATMs, running water, and wifi. It is dog friendly, thankfully!
SS&A Club Albury. This campground is primarily meant to house motorhomes and caravans, and offers wifi.
Ettamogah Pub. This is another campground open to caravans and motorhomes for only $10. It has restrooms and showers.
Kergunyah Bridge Reserve. This region is easy to access in all weather conditions! You are able to camp, park your vehicles, and fish here. There are also benches and restrooms if you need them.
Boyds Bridge. You can access the water in this region and the bank slope is flat. This reserve is available for camping, vehicle parking and fishing. There are also benches and restrooms.
All About Fishing at Hume Lake
Hume Lake is a freshwater lake six times the size of Sydney Harbour chock full of fish, well-known for its variety, and a popular destination for bait fishing. The Hume Dam’s total length is 1,616 meters. It stocks brown trout, rainbow trout, Murray cod, carp, redfin, and yellowbelly. Before stopping by, you’ll want to be sure you own NSW and Victorian Recreational Fishing Licenses. The local tackle stores are also excellent resources to find out where the fish are biting, obtain gear and method information, and retrieve a map of the lake.
Depending on the fish you’re targeting, the most successful methods for catching differ between them. In general, mudeye, yabbies, power bait, scrub worms, earthworms, and minnows are all good fishing bait options. Use soft plastics and lures for a better fishing experience.
For trout and redfin, carry and fish as light as you can, meaning invest in a lighter rod (1-3 or 2-4 kilo rod). Goldern perch demands a heavier rod, and big cods will require even heavier ones. Fishing for carp only requires a medium 4-6 kilo rod with a heavy line; carp also feed on bread, worms, and corn kernels.
The best time of the year and day for fishing also varies depending on the fish you are targeting. You’ll be more successful catching redfin in the warmer months, trout in the colder months, and golden perch and cod during spring. The latter two are even more active within the last two hours of daylight. For the most part, you can catch fish throughout the whole day, but some will be easier to catch during dawn and dusk due to activity.
Lake Hume also holds an annual fishing competition in November called the Hume Fishing Classic. Open to all ages, this event is quite popular among Australian anglers, raking in over 400 anglers who weighed over 700 fish together the past few years. When you purchase entry, not only do you get to participate in the competition, but you also get a free meal on Saturday night and a sausage sizzle on Sunday. The prizes for this competition can reach a total of over $40,000, and the winner is the angler who catchest the greatest number of fish in their category, the four categories being golden perch, carp, redfin, and trout.
The Best Lake Hume Fishing Spots
Lake Hume stretches from the Lake Hume Weir Wall all the way up to the Seven Mile Creek Junction Talmalmo. “Best” is relative here; as usual, it all depends on the fish you’re targeting. Thankfully, Lake Hume tolerates all kinds of boating, so you won’t be struggling to get around if you need to.
The redfin rule this lake. You’ll find baitfish around tree lines and lake edges, using your fish-finder. Without a fish-finder, find flocks of birds and fish around in that area. You’ll be looking for schools of redfin, which, conveniently, attract large predators such as golden perch.
Hume Lake Webcam
You can access the webcam for the Hume Dam Region here, on Weather Online. Always stay up-to-date!