After travelling about 384.kms, we parked at the rest area opposite the Heritage Centre for most of the day for Lee to continue working.
Cobar is a mining town and there are plenty of sites and sights around the town to remind you of that. Copper was discovered there in 1869. A short drive in the Suzuki took us to a lookout on Fort Bourke Hill that gives a good view of the open pit mine and entrance to the underground mine. This pit started as a small open cut mine in the late 1890’s. In the 1900’s, the Cobar area had a population of 45,000. Now, the town’s population is about 4,000. In an area of about 44,000 square kms, about two-thirds the size of Tasmania, there is a population of approx. 4,700.
Walking around the lookout area late in the day, some wildlife and interesting coloured rocks.
Many of the town’s buildings were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The home in the first picture below, listed with the appropriately named Red Earth Real Estate, is a 4.bedroom, 2.bathroom home in the town on 1,043,m² land and zoned for home/business use, priced for sale at $325,000.
The Great Western Hotel (bottom right below) has the longest wrought iron balcony of any hotel in the State – over 100.metres.
More time is needed for us to be able to see all that Cobar and the area has to offer, such as mines, museums and Aboriginal rock art. Next time Cobar!