Great Cobar Copper Mine

Founded as the Great Cobar Copper Mining Co in 1870, it was one of the largest mining and processing operations in the world at the time. The Great Cobar Mine situated on a slight ridge and facing West over the Cobar township, would have been a magnificent sight. Huge smelters, a 64 metre chimney stack and electric generators supplied lighting for the whole town.

Over 2000 employees were engaged in mining, wood carting and smelting at the height of the activity. The main mine shafts of the Great Cobar, located south of the Museum building and now fenced off, have deep shafts running down to 430 metres. Remains of the smelter foundations are visible from the top of the hill, east of the Heritage Centre.

Nearby events

  1. Festival of the Miner's Ghost

    Friday 26 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , Cobar

    The Festival of the Miner's Ghost is an annual event that is held in Cobar on the last weekend in October. The event features music events, markets, art exhibition, youth events, colour run, fire works, sporting events, charity golf day you…

    26 Oct - 28 Oct
  2. The Grey Mardi Gras

    Friday 12 April 2019 to Monday 15 April 2019 , Cobar

    The Grey Mardi Gras will held in April 2019. The event will celebrate everything 50's, 60's and 70's. People will be encourage to attend all events dressed in clothes from that era. The events will consist of dinner dance, a street parade,…

    12 Apr - 15 Apr