Attractions of Cobar
Besides the natural outback attractions of our Town, we have a strong and active community spirit and take great pride in our Town’s History and Development. Like many outback towns our beginnings are centred around mining and early travel and stock routes. Although we have a strong dependence on mining our community goal is to “mine-proof” our town and this is being done by creating a strong, participating community awareness where each and all become a responsible part of the whole.
We value and take pride in our community functions and our Town Crier represents the embodiment of our Community Spirit. You have a standing invitation to join us in any of our community celebrations, whenever and wherever they occur!
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Cobar Memorial Swimming Pool is open from October through until April.
Visit our Courthouse, the old Railway Station, the Great Cobar Heritage Museum, the longest verandah at the Great Western Hotel, and the ultra-modern Weather Bureau Observation Station.
The bronze statue of the Miner in Heritage Park is a favourite with tourists and is probably one of our most photographed features!
The Cobar Meteorological Station conducts guided tours from 8:45-9:30am (9:45-10:30 DST) each morning. These entail a tour of the surface observations equipment, explanation of the upper equipment and program and observation of the balloon release. There is a wide range of free weather information brochures available and visitors can sign the Visitors book. Car and caravan parking available. Please phone (02) 6836 2149 to book.
Wildlife such as Galahs, Kangaroos, and Emus are common. Camping’s a favourite, our famous
100 year old fig is a feature, and our outback moon-rise can be breathtaking.
The Peak Gold Mine is definitely worth a visit on its annual Open Day, and our Churches are a valued part of our architectural and cultural community.
When you’re next in Cobar take the time to stay a while and whatever you do – please take the time to visit Drummond Park, the Newey Reservoir, the Hillston Road Open Cut Mine, enjoy a meal at our Club, and call into our Cobar Heritage and Tourist Centre and our Local Arts’ Gallery.
The Great Cobar Heritage Museum is located on the Barrier Highway and is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm and 9.00am to 5.00pm Weekends and Public Holidays. Phone – (02) 6836 2448.
Our Local Artists’ Gallery is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm Tuesday to Friday; 10.00am to 12.00md Saturday and Sunday, and is located at 51 Marshall Street. Phone – (02) 6836 4445. After-hour viewings can be arranged by appointment by calling Kelly on 0414 434 554
The Colours of Cobar
Australia has an ancient, heavily weathered geology. It’s also one of the driest areas on earth. The Australian outback has a feel, a smell, and a taste all of its own. And from within, it is indeed, a land of contrasts.
The Australian sky is famous for its never-ending canopy of blue. Yes it clouds, and yes, it rains. But the Australia outback sky – for most of the year – is a cloudless expanse of blue.
The light is harsh, with high UV and polarisation. This harshness, often combined with the finest of air-borne dust, tend to “soften” colours during the day but allows an unbelievable intensification and richness at sunrise and sunset.
This, combined with the heat of the day and the heavy mineral content of the soil – the most abundant of which is iron ore – gives “take-your-breath-away” colour effects of orange, red, blues, and deep purples. Our local area is rich in various minerals including copper and gold.
To be at ground level in the outback is an experience. But to fly over the outback at sunset is an experience never to be forgotten!
Rainfall, Sun Exposure and Temperatures:
Inland weather can be highly stable, especially in extremes such as drought, with many inland areas not receiving rain for periods of 8 years or more. Once a drought breaks areas can receive year’s worth of rain in just a few days.
One of the most amazing sites is to see how the colour of the sky changes during this rare event! Enough to bring cameras out of hiding. Eight years of eternal blue. Then rain!
The eastern coast of Australia receives the highest rainfall. This is due to a mountainous ridged spine which runs the entire north-south length of the continent and the prevailing east to south-east cooling winds which bring moisture-laden air from the Pacific Ocean.
The main water source for the parched inland is from surface-water run-off from the coastal areas where rivers run inland from the “inner” side of the coastal ridges. These inland areas are below sea level and, when flooded, form huge areas of “inland sea”. These “floods” occur roughly every 20-30 years, and can totally transform the inland from barren desert to a huge ocean of brilliant desert flowers with abundant wildlife.
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