Cobar

At the crossroads of Barrier Highway and Kidman Way, discover a fascinating town that’s rich in mining heritage and natural attractions. From exploring museums and colonial buildings to being amazed by open-cut mines and Aboriginal rock art, there are lots of things to do in Cobar.

In the late 1800s, the Great Cobar Copper Mine was Australia’s leading producer of copper. Back then the mine had more than 2,000 employees, huge smelters and a 64-metre chimney stack. At the Cobar Miners Heritage Park you can see restored mining equipment and a bronze statue commemorating miners who lost their lives.

A bronze statue in the Cobar Miners Heritage Park

At the Great Cobar Heritage Centre, set inside the former administration offices of the Great Cobar Copper Mine built in 1912, you can take a journey through Cobar’s history from the time of the local Aboriginal Ngiyampaa people to the mining era. Marvel at historic artefacts and take a seat at the controls of a massive excavator.

For incredible views of an open-cut mine and of the town of Cobar, head to the viewing platform at Fort Bourke Hill Lookout. Fort Bourke Hill is the historic site of the New Cobar Gold Mine, Cobar's first gold mine, which is still a working mine operated by Peak Gold Mines.

Views over the vast Cobar Open Cut Mine from the Fort Bourke Hill Lookout

Follow the self-guided Cobar Heritage Walk to see the town’s historic buildings, including several from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, as well as early miners’ cottages. Then stop by the heritage-listed Great Western Hotel, a traditional rural Australian corner pub.

At Mount Grenfell Historic Site, 71km from Cobar, an art site walk takes you through cypress pines to a rocky overhang adorned with Aboriginal rock art. The site holds particular significance for the Ngiyampaa people, and contains dreaming stories in red, yellow and ochre pigments.