The world’s greatest cricketer was born in Cootamundra. The cottage where Sir Donald Bradman was born in 1908 is a museum, which contains the batsman’s cricket memorabilia. You’ll discover other fascinating things to do and see in this picturesque country town in the beautiful Riverina.
Open seven days, Bradman’s Birthplace Museum is full of cricket history. In Jubilee Park is the Captains Walk, featuring over 40 bronze sculptures of Australian Test cricket captains and Unaarimim, a famous Aboriginal cricketer in the first Australian cricket team tour of England in 1868.
Agriculture is an important industry. The striking Milestones Sculptures in Parker Street pay tribute to some of Australia’s finest wheat grown in the district. For family fun and country hospitality, the Cootamundra Show is a traditional agricultural show held every third weekend of October.
Your tastebuds are in for a treat, with tasty bakeries, cafes, coffee roasters, clubs and pubs. Planted Cootamundra is a wholefoods cafe that specialises in organic seasonal produce from the district. For delicious bistro food, try the Coota Ex-Services Club or the Cootamundra Country Club.
Other attractions include the Cootamundra Heritage Centre and The Arts Centre Cootamundra or TACC, which hosts exhibitions and performances. For local handmade gifts, browse Cootamundra Art and Craft Centre. For antiques, Quality Junk and Parker Street Antiques have a trove of surprises.
Nature lovers will be delighted, too. The bright blooms of countless Cootamundra wattle – native to the region - create a charming sea of golden yellow in July and August. There are also birdwatching trails, such as the Cootamundra Bird Walk and Pioneer Park’s 30-minute loop walking track.
A great base for exploring the Riverina, Cootamundra’s accommodation includes holiday cottages, motels, hotels, a converted church and a caravan park that’s a short walk from the town centre. Bring your bicycle and pedal on quiet rural roads and the 8.5km Cootamundra Mountain Bike Track.
In a convenient location, Cootamundra is a scenic road trip from Sydney or Melbourne and is only two hours’ drive northwest of Canberra. You can take a train from Sydney or Melbourne, or fly into Wagga Wagga’s airport and rent a car for the 70 minutes’ drive northeast to Cootamundra.