History and Attractions

Cobar 'a great destination' for everyone

If you would see the outback, you need to head to the Central Northern New South Wales. Cobar is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "red ochre". 

There is a lot of history in the town based on mining and pastoral heritage. There is also a new modern era emerging in the centre of town.

Cobar township includes small villages at Euabalong, Mount Hope and Nymagee and the Shire is predominantly rural area mainly used for agriculture (mostly sheep grazing), and for mining – copper, lead, gold, silver and zinc.  

So when travelling through the Central Northern New South Wales, make the time to stay a longer at the Cobar Town & Country Motor Inn where you'll be close to a range of attractions and places to visit.  Cobar is a great place to visit and to explore Australian history.

Foremost, don’t miss the local and surrounding town race meets (Louth Races and Cobar Races).

Things to do in Cobar

  • Take a stroll along the Cobar Heritage Walk and Centenary of Federation Walking Track 

  • Mine tours – go to the Fort Bourke Hill look out and view the new Cobar Open cut gold mine 

  • Visit the town major historical sites and buildings (town maps available at the Visitor Information Centre) – Great Western Hotel (1898), Cobar Court House (1887), Museum, 

  • See the Cobar Miner Heritage Park, which features a miner statue

  • Mt Grenfell Aboriginal Paintings and National Park Demonstrations of radar-tracking at the Commonwealth Meteorological Station. 

  • Visit Mt Drysdale, a former gold-mining town, 34 km north of Cobar and walk around the old mine shafts

  • Check out the Speedway action or what’s on at the cinema

  • Gym facilities at the Youth Center or play a round of golf. 

  • Our central location makes for easy access to these and many more incredible discoveries.

Touring our Region

The Kidman Way combines amazing changing landscape, meet fantastic people along the way and enjoy the relaxing journey. The Kidman Way touring route takes you through the heart of NSW, taking in Jerilderie in the south to Barringun in the north..