Cobar Shire is truly a remarkable part of the New South Wales (NSW) outback. Cobar is accessible in a variety of ways and from any direction!

Cobar Shire covers a vast 45,609sq km (an area which is approximately two thirds the size of Tasmania) with a population of approximately 4,600 people. Height above sea level is 260 metres and the average rainfall for the Cobar Shire is 416mm.

The principal town in the Cobar Shire is Cobar. Cobar is a bustling and prosperous town, steeped in a history based on a mining and pastoral heritage. The town is situated on the crossroads of the Barrier Highway, running east/west and the Kidman Way, running north/south. The town's CBD boasts a mixture of old and new buildings, which chronicle Cobar's course through the last 130 years of its history.

Other towns and villages in the Cobar Shire include:

·         Euabalong - Euabalong has a population of approximately 350 people and was founded in the 1870s. It was originally a police station and the town was built because of its close proximity to the Lachlan River. The main industry is cropping, cattle and sheep. The Cobar Shire Council maintains a depot in the village.

·         Euabalong West is situated 10km from Euabalong on the main railway line between Sydney and Broken Hill. The main industries for the population of approximately 70 people are cropping, grazing, railway and the Grain Corporation.

·         Murrin Bridge is a Discrete Aboriginal Community on former mission land near Euabalong. First established in 1949, it is home to approximately 250 residents and has a pre-school, sports ground and medical centre. It is located on the banks of the Lachlan River, on the shire boundary.    

·         Nymagee is an Aboriginal word for "surrounded by hill". It has a population of approximately 100 people, the village is situated 98km south-east of Cobar. There is a hotel, police station, community hall, community school building, CWA hall, fire shed, park, airstrip and sporting facilities. Aurelia Metals employ around 50 people at their mine sites, many of the employees are fly in/fly out and stay in base camp facilities south of the village.

·         Mt Hope is situated 160km south of Cobar on the Kidman Way.and has a population of approximately 15. The main hub of the small village is the local hotel which services the local farming community as well as the travelling public. There is a well maintained community hall and council maintain an unsealed airstrip.  

·         The village of Tilpa (population 10) is located on the western side of the Darling River in Central Darling Shire. It has a hotel and community hall with a well maintained sealed airstrip and provides Royal Flying Doctor clinic and services to Cobar residents in the area.

·         Canbelego is 50km east of Cobar and is an old mining settlement with a variable population. There are no services left in the community and the only industry is the mining of old workings. 

Cobar Shire awaits your visit where you will experience the real outback and be guaranteed a warm welcome, a great time and lots of country hospitality.

The local Aboriginal history is also an important part of Cobar, or "Kabbur", as the area was referred to by the Ngiyampaa Tribe which once inhabited the area prior to European Settlement. The opportunity is available for you to observe aboriginal rock art at Mt Grenfell, which is local 60km west of Cobar.

Please click here to check out a large over view map of Cobar or or visit the google map page for Cobar for the more detailed zoomable map.