Cobar Area

Explore historic buildings, fascinating museums and incredible Aboriginal rock art in this rugged and beautiful part of outback NSW. The Great Cobar Heritage Centre Museum in Cobar is home to artefacts and stories from local Aboriginal Ngiyampaa people to the mining era. Enjoy a cool drink at the end of the day at the historic Great Western Hotel.

Located 72km north-west of Cobar, the Mount Grenfell Historic Site has outstanding examples of Ngiyampaa Aboriginal rock art. Found in three main rock shelters once used as habitation sites, the images depict human and animal figures painted with ochre, clay and other natural pigments. There are also some fine examples of hand stencils.

A bronze sculpture of a miner - Cobar Miners Memorial

On the banks of the Bogan River, Nyngan is a beautiful rural town rich in cultural and natural attractions. The town lies between the Outback and the green pastoral region to the east, home to an enormous diversity of flora and fauna. Relax on the banks of the river and enjoy the surrounds at Nyngan Rotary Park. 

Nyngan Museum has a captivating collection of artefacts and displays that relate to local history. Included are exhibits tracing the 1835 Bogan River journey of explorer Major Mitchell as well as fascinating railway artefacts and local domestic appliances used on early sheep stations.

The Mid-State Shearing Shed is a proud local monument to Nyngan’s shearing industry, built by a group of retired shearers. Housed in a former railway shed, the shearing equipment, wool and bag stencils and shearing stalls evoke the true atmosphere of a shearing shed, underlining the contribution that sheep and shearers have made to modern Australia.

To the north of Nyngan, the Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve is an enormous inland wetland and breeding area for waterbirds. The region is also a habitat for a large number of other wildlife species. Access is restricted to researchers however at certain times the National Parks and Wildlife Service operates guided kayaking and birdwatching tours around the reserve. 


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  1. The Grey Mardi Gras

    Friday 12 April 2019 to Monday 15 April 2019 , Cobar

    The Grey Mardi Gras will held April 2019. The festival of happiness will celebrate everything 1950s, '60s and '70s. Stomp, jive and bump at the buffet dinner dance on Friday, strut your stuff at the parade and markets on Saturday, groove…

    12 Apr - 15 Apr
  2. Duck Creek Picnic Races

    Saturday 06 July 2019 to Sunday 07 July 2019 , Nyngan

    The Duck Creek Picnic Races are without a doubt the Western Plains social event of the year... An event not to be missed! Enjoy traditional outback horse racing with all the facilities including TAB, Bookmakers, Bar and Food. Duck Creek…

    06 Jul - 07 Jul
  3. AGL Nyngan Ag Expo

    Saturday 03 August 2019 , Nyngan

    The AGL Nyngan Ag Expo is a community event organised by a dedicated volunteer committee and all funds raised are returned to the community of Nyngan. Over 260 exhibitors will display their products and services ranging from farm…

    03 Aug
  4. Louth Races

    Thursday 08 August 2019 to Sunday 11 August 2019 , Bourke Area

    Situated on the banks of the Darling River 100 kilometres south-west of Bourke and 132 kilometres north-west of Cobar, Louth has an undeniable reputation for staging a great annual race meeting that keeps crowds coming back ... year after…

    08 Aug - 11 Aug
  5. Festival of the Miner's Ghost

    Friday 25 October 2019 to Tuesday 29 October 2019 , Cobar

    The Festival of the Miner's Ghost is held annually in Cobar on the last weekend in October. The fireworks display over the open cut quarry is spectacular. A free music concert held in Drummond Park is a feature. Markets where you…

    25 Oct - 29 Oct