Bellbridge - Home of the Bethanga Bridge
Overlooking Lake Hume is the picturesque town of Bellbridge, offering views of nearby Bethanga Bridge.
Bellbridge is a small town with a population of 370 people. Although small, due to its ideal location on Lake Hume, Bellbridge attracts visitors from near and far.
Bellbridge is located only a short drive from Albury/Wodonga which makes it a popular destination for not just tourists but for Albury/Wodonga locals to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, water skiing and jet skiing.
While you are visiting Bellbridge, make sure you get a photo with the large silver cod on the foreshore, as well as the iconic Bethanga Bridge.
Perhaps grab an ice cream from the Bellbridge Store and find a spot to sit at one of the many picnic tables along the foreshore. The foreshore is an ideal place to watch the sun go down over the lake or perhaps; have a fish off the bank, take a dip in Lake Hume or just sit and admire the lake and Bethanga Bridge.
If water sports aren’t for you, there are plenty of walking paths and picnic spots to visit nearby. A visit to Bellbridge would not be complete without a visit to nearby Kurrajong Gap Lookout.
If the tummy is grumbling and you feel like a bite to eat, the Bellbridge Lake Hume General Store is a great place for a coffee and some fish and chips. Or if you are after a more traditional pub meal and you would like to enjoy a few drinks then perhaps take a short drive to the Granya Hotel or Bethanga Courthouse Hotel.
Bellbridge is a great place to visit for your next country escape. So come and stay awhile or just spend the day, either way make sure you put Bellbridge on your list of places to visit.
The Great River Road
Scientific name: Macculloochella peelii
Habitat: cool, clear fast-flowing rocky streams to slow meandering rivers
Size: Can mature to over a metre in length and weigh over 100kg
Breeding Age: 5 years
Lifespan: 70 years plus
THE MURRAY COD
The Murray Cod is the largest freshwater native fish in Australia. The ecological importance of the Murray Cod in the Murray-Darling River system is that of a long-lived apex predator. Murray Cod of enormous size and age however are now rare in most wild populations.
Indigenous people who lived beside the Murray River told ancestral stories about its origins. One story describes how the Murray Cod, with its powerful tail, created the Murray River and its bends as it frantically swam to avoid capture. Eventually the Murray Cod was speared, cut into pieces and thrown back into the river. These pieces became other native fish species. The cod’s head (still intact) was also thrown back in the water to keep the Murray Cod alive.