Tours & Itineraries


24 hours in Cobar

– When you only have a day to spend in Cobar you don’t want to have to venture too far out of town to enjoy the surroundings. Here is an itinerary that will show you Cobar’s amazing mining and community heritage.

Morning: Cobar Heritage Walk and heritage centre

After breakfast this morning head down to the Cobar heritage centre to see the amazing collection of works dating all the way back to 1869. Once you have taken in some of the early heritage of Cobar, the Cobar Heritage Walk starts from the centre and will take you throughout town for approximately an hour.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Great Western Hotel.

Delicious food and great history.

Afternoon: Fort Bourke Hill Lookout and open cut gold mine

Fort Bourke Lookout offers both a sweeping view across Cobar and into the open cut gold mine. With the afternoon sun you will have a great chance to take some photos of the stunning backdrop of the Cobar plains and of the pit that was Cobar’s first gold mine.

Evening: Dinner at the Grand Hotel


48 hours in Cobar

– With 2 days to explore Cobar, you can take in the history in town and also jump in the car to explore Cobar Shire including a gold mine and the old watering hole.

Day 1

Morning: Fort Bourke Hill Lookout and open cut gold mine

Why not get up a little earlier this morning and head to Fort Bourke Lookout for an amazing view across Cobar and surrounds. A perfect place to capture the sunrise before seeing the open cut gold mine from the viewing platform (did you know it is Cobar’s first gold mine?).

Lunch: Lunch at Country Simplicity

Try their famous Devonshire tea or relax with a cuppa and a cake.

Afternoon: The old reservoir and devil’s rock

Jump in the car and drive 3km to find the ‘Old Res’ (reservoir). In Summer you will find this a perfect place for a swim to counteract the heat. If you are visiting at another time of the year you can take the walking path up to Devil’s Rock. Devil’s Rock is a formation that is known in an Aboriginal legend and can still be viewed today by accessing the track from the old reservoir.

Evening: Dinner at the Grand Hotel.

Located in the main street of Cobar with great food and friendly staff.

Day 2

Morning: Peak Gold Mine

The Peak Gold Mine is located on the Kidman Way, only 8km from Cobar which was opened in 1896 and purchased by Great Cobar Copper Mining Co in 1906. A great insight into Cobar’s rich history, here you will find a viewing platform that shows the current working mine site. There is also a walk that takes you past the ‘Conqueror’ mine shaft and what is left of a stamper battery from the 1890s.

Lunch: Maddie’s Café Coffee Shop.

Enjoy a delicious slice of cake, sandwich or pie

Afternoon: Cobar Heritage Walk and heritage centre

After lunch, enjoy experiencing the Cobar heritage centre and the amazing collections dating back to 1869. Once you have learnt a little more about Cobar, the Heritage Walk starts from the centre and will take you throughout town for approximately an hour where you can discover beautiful old buildings that have were built at the start of Cobar’s gold mining history.

Evening: Dinner the Great Western Hotel.

Delicious food and great history.


Long weekend in Cobar

– 3 days in Cobar can give you an experience of rich culture, knowledge of what is was like to be in the mines in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

DAY 1

Morning: Mt Grenfell historical site

Mt Grenfell is located 67km from Cobar where you can experience Aboriginal rock art by the local Wongaibon people. There are three different art sites that are available to see, all telling different stories of the Aboriginal heritage and are within easy walking distance from the carpark. If you like to walk take the 5km walking track leading to a beautiful lookout across the pedi plain. It is free to enter the Mt Grenfell historic site.

Lunch: Maddie’s Café Coffee Shop

Enjoy a delicious slice of cake, sandwich or pie.

Afternoon: Great Cobar Copper Mine

The Great Cobar Copper Mining Co was founded in 1870uring their busiest time the mine had over 2000 employees, a 64-metre chimney, massive smelters and generators that gave power to Cobar. You will find some remains of the mine near the Heritage centre of the huge smelters and, now fenced off, the mine shafts can be found near the Museum which run to 430 metres down.

Evening: Dinner at the Cobar Thai

Where the locals go for flavour packed Thai cuisine.

DAY 2

Morning: Cobar Heritage Walk and heritage centre

After breakfast enjoy experiencing the Cobar heritage centre and the amazing collections dating back to 1869. Once you have learnt a little more about Cobar, the Heritage Walk starts from the centre and will take you throughout town for approximately an hour where you can discover beautiful old buildings that have were built at the start of Cobar’s gold mining history.

Lunch: Lunch at Country Simplicity

Try their famous Devonshire tea or relax with a cuppa and a cake.

Afternoon: Fort Bourke Hill Lookout and open cut gold mine

Fort Bourke Lookout offers both a sweeping view across Cobar and into the open cut gold mine. With the afternoon sun you will have a great chance to take some photos of the stunning backdrop of the Cobar plains and of the pit that was Cobar’s first gold mine.

Evening: Enjoy dinner at the Grand Hotel

Located in the main street of Cobar with great food and friendly staff.

DAY 3

Morning: Peak Gold Mine

The Peak Gold Mine is located on the Kidman Way, only 8km from Cobar which was opened in 1896 and purchased by Great Cobar Copper Mining Co in 1906. A great insight into Cobar’s rich history, here you will find a viewing platform that shows the current working mine site. There is also a walk that takes you past the ‘Conqueror’ mine shaft and what is left of a stamper battery from the 1890s.

Lunch: lunch at Cobar Hotbake

Tasty pies, sausage rolls and pasties, and don’t forget to try their apple turnovers.

Afternoon: The old reservoir and devil’s rock

Jump in the car and drive 3km to find the ‘Old Res’ (reservoir). In Summer you will find this a perfect place for a swim to counteract the heat. If you are visiting at another time of the year you can take the walking path up to Devil’s Rock. Devil’s Rock is a formation that is known in an Aboriginal legend and can still be viewed today by accessing the track from the old reservoir.

Evening: Dinner at the Great Western Hotel

Delicious food and great history.


Day Trips

Gundabooka National Park (1hr20 from Cobar)

  • Bennetts Gorge picnic area

  • Dry Tank picnic area

  • Little Mountain walking track

  • Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art Site walking track

  • Valley of the Eagles walk

  • Aboriginal culture

  • Birdwatching and wildlife encounters

  • Wildflowers (seasonal)

Toorale National Park (3hr drive)

  • Toorale homestead precinct

  • Darling River drive

  • Many Big Rocks picnic area

  • Mount Talowla lookout

Dubbo Zoo (3hr drive)

Narromine

  • Aviation Museum

  • Narromine Iris Farm