Cobargo is a charming heritage village in the rich countryside of the Sapphire Coast. Sadly, Cobargo was severely impacted by the bushfires of December 2019, and a number of buildings were destroyed. However, there are still many things to see including gift shops, markets and a celebrated folk festival held in March each year.
The centre of Cobargo is enchanting, with colonial and early 20th century buildings dominating its main street. Enjoy an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and galleries, such as The Lazy Lizard and Little Birdie Vintage, and discover fine woodcraft, pottery and other crafts at the Cobargo Creators Centre and Cobargo Markets on Saturday.
The self-guided Cobargo Historic Village Walk has signposts that steer visitors around the village. The rich farmlands around Cobargo grow a variety of produce, from kale to lamb and parsnips. You can buy fresh produce on the Cobargo Open Garden Farm Tour and stay on site in a charming country cottage.
One of the best ways to appreciate Cobargo is to join in the fun at the Cobargo Folk Festival, held on the first weekend in March. This wonderful event in the beautiful coastal hinterland attracts musicians and singers from around the world, as well as thousands of music lovers. The annual festival is famous for its quality crooners and good vibes.
Another popular event is the Cobargo Show, first held in 1889. The traditional country show in February is fun for the whole family: you’ll see farm animals, show jumping and other rural events. The pavilion is filled with all kinds of delicious displays, from homemade cakes to the best of the season's fresh farm produce.
Close to beautiful beaches and waterways, Cobargo is less than 30 minutes’ drive from Bermagui to the southeast and Narooma to the northeast. Spectacular national parks surround the area. The rugged wilderness of Wadbilliga National Park is perfect for bushwalking, camping and mountain biking.
From Sydney, the drive to Cobargo takes about 5h 30min, while the drive from Canberra is three hours. You can fly from Sydney or Melbourne to Merimbula Airport, which is less than an hour from Cobargo. There are a number of places to stay in the surrounding Sapphire Coast region.