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Outback NSW Accommodation, Hotels, Tours & Information

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Outback NSW

Take a journey to Outback New South Wales and discover spectacular landscapes, classic outback towns, and good old fashioned country hospitality.

To the far west of New South Wales is Broken Hill with a strong mining heritage and vibrant arts community, the locals are friendly and the landscapes are fascinating. Join a tour and let the local guides show you the very best of the outback.

Orange is a quaint town with outstanding regional cuisine and wine. The local cafés and restaurants make the most of this and you can purchase your own from the farmers markets held in the showground on the second Saturday of each month.

Wagga Wagga, the largest inland city in New South Wales, is located 470 kilometres southwest of Sydney. Here you will experience a vibrant artistic community and café culture. Take some time to browse the National Art Glass Gallery which has a world-class collection of 400 pieces.

Six hours drive south of Sydney is Albury, sitting beside the iconic Murray River and nestled amongst a collection of historic villages.

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Outback NSW: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cobar Heritage Walk

The Cobar Heritage Walk starts at the Great Cobar Heritage Centre. Walkers should allow about an hour to complete the walk, which takes in many of Cobar's points of interest, including a time-walk of historic buildings. A detailed map showing the things you will see along the walk is contained in the visitors brochure that is available from the Great Cobar Heritage Centre, which is also the Visitor information Centre.

Cobar, NSW, 2835

Located 0.4K from Outback NSW

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.

Barrier Highway
Cobar, NSW, 2835

Located 1.3K from Outback NSW

The Kidman Way

Travelling along the Kidman Way you will witness changing landscape, meet characters and enjoy a 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.

Travel by car, caravan or motorhome, by yourself, with friends or family, there is something for everyone along the road.

Leave your worries behind.

Barrier Hwy
Cobar, NSW, 2835

Located 2.8K from Outback NSW

Great Cobar Heritage Centre

The handsome red brick building at the eastern entrance to town is the Great Cobar Heritage Centre. It houses the visitor Information Centre and the museum. On the site of the Great Cobar Copper Mine, once one of the mightiest industries in Australia, its detailed and engaging displays tell the stories of Cobar from the Indigenous perspective through the foundation of the town and its on-going mining and pastoral industries. What will be your favourite display? The battered and beloved 1926 Pontiac, the moving Far West Children's health scheme, the interactive mine displays - or the wonderful view from the balcony?

Barrier Highway,
Cobar, NSW, 2835

Located 4.2K from Outback NSW

Fort Bourke Hill Lookout and Open Cut Mine

Just minutes from town. Take a sealed road up to Fort Bourke Lookout and view Cobar and its surroundings. See the open pit and entrance to the underground mine from a well constructed viewing platform.

The rich Cobar mineral belt is clearly visible in a straight line from North to South (line up the head-frames). Cobar's water comes from Burrendong Dam 400 km away and is pumped from Nyngan via a 135 km pipeline into storage tanks on top of Fort Bourke hill.

Fort Bourke Hill stands to the east of the Cobar township and rising to 300 metres above sea level, it offers the visitor a wonderful vista of the Cobar landscape. To get to Fort Bourke Hill, turn off the Kidman Way, 2kms south of Cobar. Drive up past the water tanks to the radio towers for one of the best views of Cobar, particularly at sunset.

Limited access to the lookout is possible by contacting the Cobar Heritage Centre on (02) 6836 2448.

Off Kidman Way,
South of Cobar
Cobar, NSW, 2835

Located 6.0K from Outback NSW

Peak Gold Mines

Eight kilometres South of Cobar, on the Kidman Way, is the site of Peak Gold Mines. The original Peak Gold Mine was opened in 1896 and in 1906 was purchased by the Great Cobar Copper Mining Co. At this time, underground mining only proceeded to a depth of approximately 90 metres.

At the Peak a viewing platform enables visitors a closer view of a modern-day working mine site. Peak Mines has also developed the "Golden Walk" which takes the visitor past the "Conqueror" mine shaft and the remains of an old stamper battery, Circa 1890's. The stamper, used to crush gold bearing ore by the original operators, is located at the present Peak Gold Mine site. A working model of a similar battery stamper is on the first floor of the Cobar Heritage centre in the gold room.

Close by from an observation platform the visitor can view The Peak Gold Mine in action only 100 metres away.

Kidman Way
Cobar, NSW, 2835

Located 8.2K from Outback NSW

Outback NSW: Events

The Grey Mardi Gras

The Grey Mardi Gras will held April 2019. The festival of happiness will celebrate everything 1950s, '60s and '70s. Stomp, jive and bump at the buffet dinner dance on Friday, strut your stuff at the parade and markets on Saturday, groove the night away at the gig on the grass picnic concert on Saturday evening.

Live music, fashion, food and entertainment.

This and much more!

Break out your swinging gear, groovy threads and get on down to where it's all happening in Cobar.

Event Dates
      3rd Apr
      4th Apr
      5th Apr
      6th Apr

34 Lindsay Street,
The Great Cobar Heritage Centre
Cobar, NSW, 2835

Located 0.4K from Outback NSW

Outback NSW: Travel Tips

Cobar Visitor Information Centre

Call into the Cobar Visitor Information Centre for information on Cobar and the surrounding area. The friendly staff can provide you with a range of information on local attractions, upcoming events, assistance with accommodation and other services as required. Maps and brochures are also available, together with a selection of souvenirs and other merchandise.

Barrier Highway
Cobar, NSW, 2835

Located 2.1K from Outback NSW