Cobar Area

In this rugged and beautiful part of Outback NSW, be amazed by rock art, fascinating museums, lush wetlands and historic buildings. Discover Cobar’s rich mining history and the sheep shearing heritage of Nyngan, then enjoy a cool drink at a classic Australian Outback pub.

Known as the ‘Copper City’, Cobar has been a significant mining town since the late 1800s. Marvel at vast open cut mines, learn about the area’s history at the Great Cobar Heritage Centre and take a dip in the Great Cobar Open Cut, an old quarry that's now filled with water.

Views over the open cut mine from the Fort Bourke Hill Lookout in Cobar

Many of the town’s early buildings are still standing, like the court house and the Great Western Hotel. You can see them all on the Cobar Heritage Walk. For a look at the modern mining operations and a spectacular look at the town, drive up to the Fort Bourke Hill Lookout above the New Cobar Gold Mine.

Visit Mount Grenfell Historic Site, 71km northwest of Cobar, and you’ll be rewarded with incredible examples of Ngiyampaa Aboriginal rock art. Found in three main rock shelters, marvel at images of human figures, animals and Dreaming stories painted in red, yellow and ochre pigment.

Beautiful landscapes of the Mount Grenfell Historic Site, near Cobar

The beautiful rural town of Nyngan lies between the Outback and the green pastoral region to the east, on the banks of the Bogan River. At Nyngan Museum, see an exhibit tracing the 1835 journey of explorer Major Thomas Mitchell. The Mid-State Shearing Shed is a proud monument to Nyngan’s shearing industry, built by a group of retired shearers.

North of Nyngan, the Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve is one of the largest inland semi-permanent wetlands in southeast Australia and a major breeding area for waterbirds. Access is restricted to researchers, but at certain times the National Parks and Wildlife Service runs guided tours.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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