Coolamon is a lovely country town in the beautiful Riverina. Discover heritage streetscapes, firefighting history, rare shopping and local cheeses. There are charming pubs with wide verandahs. And in the nearby Kindra State Forest, explore the walking tracks and mountain bike trails.
Amble along Cowabbie Street and admire the heritage buildings. Browse boutiques such as Treats and Treasures and stop at the Up-To-Date Store, a museum and gift store with the Ajanta Cafe and the Lamson cash railway system, the only ball-style cash carrier in the world in its original location.
Retail stores once used the Lamson system to carry money from the point of sale to the cashier and then the change and receipt back. Other attractions include the Coolamon Railway Station, the Coolamon RSL Memorial Museum and Coolamon Cheese, where you can taste handmade cheeses.
Coolamon Fire Museum has an extraordinary collection of firefighting equipment from Australia and around the world, including a 19th century breathing apparatus and 100 fire helmets. The museum also has brave stories of firefighters and a photo exhibition of Coolamon’s early firefighting history.
Places to stay suit various budgets and include the New Coolamon Hotel, a country pub that has served the town since the 1880s. Enjoy scenic drives to the nearby villages of Ganmain, Ardlethan, Marrar, Matong and Beckom, where there are more wonderful heritage buildings.
You can ride your bicycle from Coolamon’s town centre to Kindra State Forest in about 10 minutes. The 52 hectares of remnant bushland is home to many bird species, from honeyeaters to red-capped robins and white-winged choughs. Bring a picnic hamper and enjoy the delightful picnic spots.
Coolamon is only 30 minutes’ drive northwest of Wagga Wagga. The drive from Sydney or Melbourne to Coolamon is about five hours. You can also fly or take a train to Wagga Wagga and rent a car. A Saturday train service from Sydney stops in Coolamon in south-western NSW.