Cobar

Fascinating mining heritage and great natural attractions make Cobar an enthralling destination at the crossroads of Barrier Highway and Kidman Way. Gaze into enormous open cut mines, visit museums and explore colonial buildings. There are also wonderful natural attractions and Aboriginal rock art sites that will captivate you.

The Great Cobar Heritage Centre contains a museum in the former Great Cobar Copper Mine building. Take a riveting journey from the time of the local Aboriginal Ngiyampaa people to the mining era. Discover historic artefacts, such as a gold stamper battery and a seat at the controls of a massive excavator.

A bronze sculpture of a miner - Cobar Miners Memorial

Fort Bourke Hill Lookout offers an incredible view into a huge open-cut mine. The hilltop is the historic site of the New Cobar Gold Mine, Cobar's first gold mine. Peak Gold Mines now operates the mine at Fort Bourke, and the viewing platform also offers views over Cobar itself.

From the Great Cobar Heritage Centre, the Cobar Heritage Walk takes in the town’s historic buildings including several from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, as well as early miners’ cottages. One of its leading architectural lights is the Great Western Hotel, which has the longest wrought iron balcony of any hotel in the state, more than 100 metres.

Cobar Open Cut Mine aerial - Cobar

The Great Cobar Copper Mine was one of the largest mining and processing operations in the world in the late 1800s. In its heyday the mine had more than 2,000 employees as well as huge smelters, a 64 metre chimney stack and electric generators that supplied lighting for the whole town. Remains of the smelter foundations are visible from east of the Heritage Centre.

About 72km from Cobar, the Mount Grenfell Historical Site art walk takes you through cypress pines to an overhang of spectacular Aboriginal rock art. The site holds particular significance for the Ngiyampaa people, and contains dreaming stories in red, yellow and ochre pigments. 

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  1. Poetry on a Plate

    Sunday 19 August 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Bourke

    You haven’t experienced Bourke until you’ve relaxed beneath a Coolabah Tree under the starlit sky, with a campfire of Gidgee coals, whilst sharing a scrumptious meal and experiencing some exceptional Australian poetry, local stories & music…

    19 Aug - 07 Oct
  2. Bre Big Fish

    Tuesday 11 June 2019 , Brewarrina

    Held on the June long weekend, the "Bre Big Fish" is become bigger and better every year, attracting over 600 anglers in 2015. The Brewarrina Fishing Club aims to reduce the amount of pest fish such as Carp and restock the Barwon-Darling Ri…

    11 Jun
  3. 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 Pi…

    06 Jul - 07 Jul