A lovely town in the beautiful Riverina region, Coolamon is enticing with its handmade cheeses, classic country pubs and beautiful heritage, including buildings and a rare system of carrying shoppers’ money. Nearby is Kindra State Forest, perfect for picnics, birdwatching and bushwalking.

Amble along Cowabbie Street and admire the heritage streetscape. 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.

'Up to date store' - Cultural and Learning Precinct - Coolamon

Retail stores once used them to carry money from the point of sale to the cashier and then the change and receipt back. Other attractions are the Coolamon Railway Station, the Coolamon RSL Memorial Museum and the Coolamon Cheese Factory, where you can taste handmade cheeses.

Accommodation options suit various budgets and include Coolamon Hotel, a country pub that has been serving 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.

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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Harmony Day

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 , Glen Innes

    At the Town Square of Glen Innes there will be a lunch held at 12pm for everyone to be able to experience culturally diverse food, you can bring along your food to share or to sell. Dress up is encouraged for the versatility of cultures. …

    21 Mar
  2. The Midwife

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 , Lismore

    Gifted midwife Claire (Frot) has led a quiet, focused life, dedicated to her profession and to the raising of her son as a single mother. But change is in the air; the local community maternity ward where she has worked for decades is to be…

    21 Mar
  3. Outback | Colour | Wind

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Broken Hill

    Pop up art exhibition at the Lodge Outback Motel. It has long been their vision to use the public area at the Lodge Outback Motel to display art, so it is with great excitement that they have finally taken the steps towards making this new …

    22 Mar - 30 Apr
  4. Artist In Residence - Kate Kenworthy

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Thursday 31 May 2018 , Wellington

    Artist In Residence - Kate Kenworthy has won the major art prize twice in the Wellington Quota Art Competition. People enter this competition from other areas and states from around Australia, the Wellington Quota Art Competition holds a hi…

    22 Mar - 31 May
  5. Cape Byron Lighthouse Friends

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , Byron Bay

    Looking for volunteer work with a view? If you’ve got a minimum of 3 hours a week to spare, come and be part of a friendly team at Cape Byron. Lead guided tours of the museum and lighthouse, sharing the area’s fascinating maritime history w…

    22 Mar - 11 Jul