Explore historic buildings, fascinating museums and incredible Aboriginal rock art in this rugged and beautiful part of outback NSW. 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.in
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.
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.