Cobar is an attractive and interesting town located 711 km northwest of Sydney on the main highway to Broken Hill. This famous mining town - copper was found in the district in 1870 and the town has an Aboriginal name which means the colour of copper - is also renowned for having a great museum - arguably one of the finest in rural Australia.


About Cobar

The Cobar Heritage Centre was visited by the ghost of a Cobar Miner over a decade ago, and now hosts the very entertaining and annual 'Festival of the Miner's Ghost' each October.

The museum also has an outside exhibition of mining steam engines and an area of the Great Cobar Open Cut mine. Cobar is steeped in interesting outback history and the nearby Mt Grenfell Historic Site is host some amazing indigenous rock art – with over 1,300 separate images it is one of the best exhibits not only of the state but all of Australia and is considered to be of the best in the world.

Cobar Visitor Information:

Visitor Information Centre:

Barrier Highway Cobar, NSW 2835


Telephone: 02 6836 2448

Must See - Must Do:

  • Cobar Heritage Walk
  • Cobar Miner's Heritage Park
  • Centenary of Federation Walking Track
  • Commonwealth Meteorological Station
  • Great Cobar Copper Mine
  • Mt Grenfell Historic Site
  • Peak Gold Mine
  • The Great Cobar Heritage Centre

Getting Here:

By Car:

  • From Brisbane: 1,075km
  • From Sydney: 700km
  • From Melbourne: 850km
  • From Adelaide: 975km

Regional Transport Services: