Cobar is an historic town with a fascinating mining past and a rugged beauty. Since mining commenced in the 1870's Cobar has been an important source of copper and gold, and you can explore this legacy in captivating museums and mines. There is also spectacular Aboriginal rock art in the area.
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.
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.
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.