The city of Cobar can be localized in central western New South Wales, Australia. The name of the city derives from the Aboriginal Ngiyampaa, which means red earth or burnt earth, referring to the ochre used by the Aboriginals to paint their bodies. The area was settled by the Pastoralists in the mid 1860s. At one point in history, Cobar had a population of nearly 10000 and its own stock exchange. The copper mining industry dropped and by 1930, the population dropped to almost 1000.
Top Attractions within Cobar
Fort Bourke Hill offers not only a great view of the town and the surrounding mining fields, but also of the series of stone miner's cottages dating back to the nineteenth century. It is a great place to visit, and you can get there either by foot or by taking one of the lift.
Aboriginal Rock Art is one of the famous places in Cobar, because of its finest examples of rock art in Australia. There are three main rock shelters depicting over 1000 human and animal figures. Moreover, there are some abstract linear designs, most of which being applied with either fingertip or brush.
It is a wonderful archaeological site that is worth visiting.
Great Cobar Heritage and Visitor Information Centre is without a doubt the best museum in New South Wales, due to its uniqueness, in the sense that visitors are allowed to touch, feel and smell the artefacts on display, thus discover life before colonization. On display, there are items such as homemade soap made from lard and kerosene and impressive dioramas of Cobar. The museum gradually unfolds the history of Cobar, as well as the development of the mining industry.
Accomodation in Cobar - Tourists can experience sleeping under the stars, in designated caravan parks. For the more conservative tourists, there are also affordable motels, very good hotels and rustic inns, where you can re-live the good old days.