Cobar Shire is situated in the centre of New South Wales at the cross roads of the Barrier Highway and Kidman Way with excellent road, rail and air connections to most of Australia’s capital cities. The shire is approximately two-thirds the size of Tasmania.
The name Cobar is derived from the Aboriginal word for copper Kuparr, or Gubarr meaning “red earth” or “burnt earth”.
Rich in mining history, which commenced in the 1870’s the town once had its own stock exchange and thrived on copper, lead, silver, zinc and gold. Industry today still survives on trade with local mines and consequently world metal prices and also pastoral industries.
Cobar has retained much of its 19th century splendour and accompanied with the wealth that influenced the region, the town has been left with some fine architectural buildings. Cobar Heritage Walk will take you past the Great Western Hotel reputed to have the longest iron face verandah in the Southern Hemisphere, the Cobar Courthouse, as well as the Cobar Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.
Today Cobar also benefits from a seat in local government, two primary schools, a high school, an activities youth centre and a 31 bed hospital plus an 18 hole golf course.
Now a major tourist destination, visitors can explore Aboriginal Rock Art at Mount Grenfell featuring more than 1000 images, the Great Cobar Open Cut, Cobars first goldmine of which can be viewed best from the Fort Bourke Hill Lookout, and enjoy water sports on the Old Reservoir.
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