The town name of Cobar was derived from the local Aboriginal Ngiyampaa word for copper, Kuparr, Gubarr or Cuburra, which means ‘red earth’ or ‘burnt earth’.
Cobar is a fascinating outback town located approx 700 km northwest of Sydney along the main highway to Broken Hill.
Copper was found in the district in 1870 and is now famous for it’s mining activities.
The Town is distinguished by the Great Western Hotel which is famous for having the longest iron lacework verandah of any pub in Australia, and a museum many consider one of the best in outback Australia.
It is said that the Cobar Heritage Centre was visited by the ghost of a local Miner. The town now hosts the annual Festival of the Miner’s Ghost each October. The museum also has an outside exhibition of mining steam engines and an area of the Great Cobar Open Cut mine.
Cobar is a town steeped in a rich history. Outside the town the rock art at Mount Grenfell boasts over 1300 separate images which is regarded as one of the finest displays of rock art in the world.