Top five local attractions.
2. The Great Cobar Heritage Centre.
Opened in 1912 The Great Cobar Heritage Centre was originally built to house the administration offices of the Great Cobar Copper Mine.
After the mine closed in 1919 the building underwent several transformations – repurposed as a boarding house in the 50s and 60s then later becoming a museum housing an amazing collection of local artefacts dating back to town’s formation in 1869.
Today, the Great Cobar Heritage Centre is a hub for both locals and tourists alike, attracting more than 700 visitors a week during the peak season.
Few places capture the essence of Cobar quite like the heritage centre.
Through the exhibits the rich history inherent in the everyday life of Cobar's pioneers, and the culture of 'making do' becomes apparent.
Exhibits focus on mining and pastoral industries - a model woolshed, an operating model of a gold stamper, and a seat at the controls of a massive excavator. The CSA copper mine and the Peak Gold Mine all feature in the comprehensive mining displays.
A special feature of the heritage centre is also the local Aboriginal Ngiyampaa Tribe 'Long Time Comin' exhibit of the famous Mt Grenfell rock caves.
Visitors can view Aboriginal artwork, play a tune on the ironstone xylophone and learn about the unique culture of the Ngiyampaa people.
Outside, the colourful exposed rock strata of Cobar's first copper mining site rises from the famous Open-Cut lake which is formed by the rising water table, The lake surface offers stunning views as it reflects the ever-changing patterns and contrasting shadows.
Conveniently open seven days you can take a keepsake of your local cultural experience by browsing through the many items for sale in the souvenir and gift shop.
Visitors are also welcome to use the free barbeque facilities, picnic areas and toilets. Ample parking is provided off the fully sealed barrier Highway at the junction of the Kidman Way.
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