"Great Cobar Heritage Centre" Cobar Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Cobar Things to Do: 21 reviews and 57 photos

  A true standout
by iandsmith

Great by name, great by nature.
It's quite surprising to see a structure of this calibre in a town like this. It's certainly a fitting name for a place that houses the tourist centre and lots of other stuff, including the Cobar Regional Museum that arguably could be the best rural museum in New South Wales.
The Museum has a permanent curator so there's ongoing attention to displays and it is constructed as a participatory museum where visitors can smell and touch things like homemade soap made from lard and kerosene and see the history of the Cobar district gradually unfold in a series of excellent displays.
The building is actually the former Mines Office (1910) and the museum commences with Aboriginal occupation, has displays of artifacts and bush foods, moves to displays on the problems of water shortages, looks at the bush skills required by Europeans to survive in this inhospitable land, and then has displays on growing up in Cobar. The upstairs section includes displays on the mining of copper, gold, silver/lead/zinc, and a pastoral section where a local woolshed has been accurately recreated.
It is open from Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00 pm and Weekends/Public Holidays 9:00am-5:00 pm. (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day and New Year's Day)

Directions: Eastern end of town

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 1, 2007
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