Cobar

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For a town of it’s size, it is surprising what Cobar has to offer. Located right in the middle of NSW you get a taste of mining, farming, the outback, and some good old-fashioned country hospitality from the friendly locals.

The tourism is primarily built on mining history, but there are a few modern attractions in the mix.

Don’t miss a visit to Newey Resevoir, tucked away on the edge of town. It’s a great spot for a picnic and bird watching.

Cobar Attractions

Weather Station Tour

Cobar Weather Station TourThe local weather man provides an interesting tour of the weather station, explaining how each of the instruments work and the day to day operations. Tours run each weekday at 8:30am. The weather balloon is only released on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Where: Louth Road Cobar, about 1 km from town.
Tips: It is a good idea to ring ahead to confirm the time of the tour as it is does change.
Info: (02) 6836 2149

Centenary of Federation Walking Track

Centenary of Federation Walking TrackA 6.5 km track taking you past old historic town sites, and the Newey Resevoir. It was an enjoyable bike ride, but may be a little boring to walk given it would take 1.5- 2 hours. The track isn’t a loop so when you get to the end, you would have to walk back through town to get to where you started. You are guaranteed to see some native wildlife along the way.

Where: Starts at the Visitors Information Centre, Barrier Highway Cobar
Tips: Take a picnic lunch and stop at Newey Reservoir. Such a lovely spot.
Info: Map with information can be picked up from the Visitors Information Centre

Fort Bourke Lookout & New Cobar Open Cut Gold Mine
Fort Bourke Lookout

A short and not to difficult ride from the town center is the Open Cut Mine. At the top is a viewing platform that gives a birds eye view of the mine and the Cobar township. While on the viewing platform you may hear water under your feet. This is the towns water supply, being pumped into the water storage tanks on top of the the hill, from Nyngan, 135 km’s away.

Where: Coming from Cobar, turn onto Kidman way. Approx 1 km on left is a sealed road which will take you to the top of the look out.
Tips: Makes a nice viewpoint for sunset.
Info: Visitors Information Centre

Newey Reservoir

Newey Reservoir A nice recreational area to sit, relax, watch the birds and enjoy the serenity. There are public BBQ and picnic area’s located in a green grassy setting by the edge of the water.

Where: Knight Drive, Cobar
Tips: At the time of our visit you could free camp along one side of the banks, toilet facilities were close by. The outlook is much nicer than the local caravan park, but for us the local caravan park was a better option as they have nice facilities for our primitive style of camping.
Info: Visitors Information Centre

Miners Heritage Park

Miners Heritage ParkFeaturing a 15 meter high poppet head, and many other relics from bygone mining days, the park was built to commemorate the miners who lost their lives in Cobar mines. The interpretive signs located around the park give a good insight into the various mines that have operated in the area over the past 100+ years.

Where: Across the road from the Visitors Information Centre, Barrier Highway, Cobar

Great Cobar Heritage Centre and Museum

Great Cobar Heritage Centre Museum and Visitors Info CentreThe Visitors Information Centre is located at the entrance of the Great Cobar Heritage Centre. Also at this facility is an impressive museum show casing farming, mining and Aboriginal history from the area. The $12pp entrance fee deterred us from visiting the Meseum, but what we could see from the entrance, convinced us that it would impressive, had we gone through.

Where: Barrier Highway, Cobar
Tips: Entry to museum is $12 adults, $25 family (at time of post)
Info: www.cobar.nsw.gov.au/tourism/visitor-s-centre

Cobar Heritage Walk:

Cobar Train StationIf historical buildings interest you, you can take a self guided tour around Cobar and visit significant buildings and sites, some of which still stand in immaculate condition today.

Where: Starting from the Visitors Information Centre, Barrier Highway, Cobar
Tip: Pic up the map and information bulletin from the Visitors Information Centre.
Info: Visitors Information Centre.

 

 

This information should only be used as a guide. This information is accurate at time of post and is subject to change, and may contain errors. Please always use official documentation for planning your flight.

Airstrip

05/23 Bitumen 1696m long; 17/35 Bitumen 1221m long

Fuel

Aero Refuellers: Jet A1 & AVGAS via truck. Phone 0408 649 003 prior to arrange

Landing Fee's

$7.50 Landing Fee

Facilities

Toilets are located in the main terminal building.

Transport

Taxi (02) 6836 2423
The airfield is located 7 km’s from the town centre.
A sealed walking track starts a few kilometers from the airport and goes all the way into town.

Operator

Cobar Shire Council. Permission is not required to land.

Cobar Airport

We camped at the Cobar Caravan Park. They have grassed camp sites, clean facilities and a good camp kitchen. They also offer cabin accommodation www.cobarcaravanpark.com.au

There are a few other motels and bed & breakfasts available in town.

There are two IGA Super Markets that stock nearly anything you could possibly want. The Great Western Hotel would probably be the pick of places to eat out.

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