Cootamundra

Bradman’s Birthplace, Riverina Tourism / Tourism New South Wales

Population 5565

This prosperous rural service centre and major junction on the railway line between Sydney and Melbourne prides itself on being the birthplace of cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman. Cootamundra also lends its name to the famous Cootamundra wattle (Acacia baileyana), which blooms in the area each July and August, and Cootamundra Gold, the locally produced canola oil.

Visitor Information

Railway station, 85 Hovell St; (02) 6942 4212

www.cootamundra.nsw.gov.au

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  • Blue Mountains National Park

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In Town

Pioneer Park This natural bushland reserve on the northern outskirts of town has a scenic 1.3 km walking trail to the top of Mt Slippery. At the summit there are panoramic views. The park also has excellent picnic sites. Backbrawlin St.

Bradman's birthplace: restored cottage where 'the greatest batsman the world has ever known' was born. Contains memorabilia from cricket and his life in the Cootamundra district; Adams St.

Arts C

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tre: community arts space with exhibitions, workshops, art sales and a theatre; Wallendoon St.

Memorabilia Cottage: displays local history memorabilia and bric-a-brac; Adams St.

Captains Walk: bronze sculptures of Australia's past cricket captains; Jubilee Park, Wallendoon St.

Heritage Centre: local memorabilia including an Olympic cauldron and war relics; railway station, Hovell St.

Self-guide 'Two Foot Tour': includes Sir Donald Bradman's birthplace and the town's historic buildings; brochure from visitor centre.

Local crafts: at visitor centre and at Art and Craft Centre, Hovell St.

Nearby

Murrumburrah This small rural community has the Harden–Murrumburrah Historical Museum, which is open Sat–Sun and features pioneer artefacts, an old chemist shop exhibit and early Australian kitchenwares. Also in town are local craft shops and some outstanding picnic spots. 35 km NE. Stocks Native Nursery in Harden, 2 km E on Simmonds Rd, features 1.5 ha of native bush garden with a scenic walking trail and billabong. The Picnic Races are held here in Nov.

Green Tree Indigenous Food Gardens: Australian bush garden divided into different zones providing education on how Indigenous people survived on bush tucker; tours available; (02) 6943 2628; 8 km N.

Migurra Reserve: bushland walking trail with birdwatching and 5 species of wattles; 15 km SW.

The Milestones: cast-concrete sculptures representing the importance of wheat to the area; 19 km NE.

Bethungra: dam ideal for canoeing and sailing. The rail spiral is an unusual engineering feat; 23 km SW.

Kamilaroi Cottage Violets: violet farm with tours by appt; bookings (02) 6943 2207; 25 km N.

Illabo: charming town with impressive clock museum; 33 km SW.

Cellar doors: in the Harden area; winery brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Wagga Wagga 78 km

In my early teens I lived in Wagga Wagga for about three years and spent many hours fishing from a kayak on the Murrumbidgee and at Lake Albert. The river held excellent numbers of redfin, and they were of good size, so... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching in Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands 78 km

Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands are Ramsar-listed, and among nearly 200 birds spotted here are brolgas, black-winged stilts and painted snipes. Fivebough has 5 kilometres of walking tracks, with bird hides along the... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Country Cuisine

Country Cuisine serves a little bit of everything, from hearty breakfasts to their popular light meals, afternoon teas and more substantial lunches. This is a comfortable, cosy cafe peppered with pots of African violets... Find out more


Helen’s Coffee Lounge

Helen’s Coffee Lounge is a cosy, chequered-floored cafe with a welcoming courtyard out the back, complete with a swing set for the little ones. There’s a huge variety of cafe-style fare to choose from, along... Find out more


Campsites around town

Burrinjuck Waters State Park camping area 66 km

Situated on the western foreshore of Lake Burrinjuck, the state park camping area offers a huge array of facilities and activities. Accommodation options include self-contained cottages and cabins, and powered and... Find out more


The Captain camping area (walk-in camping) 68 km

This is the first campsite on the track leading from Yass. It’s walk-in access from Black Range Rd, 28 km west of Yass. Boil/treat water from the creek before drinking.... Find out more


Careys Reserve camping area 77 km

Careys camping area is 2.6 km north of Wee Jasper next to Burrinjuck Dam, via Caves Rd. You can fish, swim or strike out on a walking trail, and launch a boat from the ramp as long as the dam is more than 60 per cent... Find out more


Log Bridge Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 79 km

It’s about 14 km from the Fitzpatrick Trackhead to the walk-in Log Bridge Creek campsite. If there’s water in the creek, it’ll need to be boiled or treated before use.... Find out more


Fitzpatrick Trackhead camping area 81 km

This camping site is one of the major vehicle-access trackheads on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track. It’s named for James Fitzpatrick, one of the men who accompanied Hume on the expedition. To get here, follow the... Find out more


Billy Grace Reserve 82 km

Perched on the banks of the Goodradigbee River, Billy Grace is 4.1 km south of Wee Jasper village via the Wee Jasper–Nottingham Rd. There’s a playground for the kids and coin-operated showers. Bring your own... Find out more


Ben Halls camping area 82 km

The grassy unpowered campsites here are set beside historic Seatons Farm, and are a 30 min walk from Ben Halls Cave. The farm is a well-preserved Depression-era structure, with interpretive signs that give a... Find out more


Holy Camp camping area 83 km

This is a nice, shaded spot 15 km west of Grenfell via Holy Camp Rd. From the camp you can do the Euladrie Walk, which follows an old logging road to the base of the escarpment and then climbs steeply to Peregrine... Find out more


Micalong Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 83 km

It’s about a 14 km walk from the Log Bridge Creek camping area to Micalong. Walk-in access only; boil/treat water in the creek before drinking.... Find out more


Swinging Bridge Reserve camping area 84 km

Positioned 7.3 km south of Wee Jasper village along Nottingham Rd, Swinging Bridge Reserve is a green and grassy glade on the banks of the Goodradigbee River. Throw a line in or go for a paddle along the river. Bring... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Gundagai Tourist Park 47 km

Within walking distance of the town centre, this park has 30 undercover, drivethru, ensuite sites. It is ideal for vans or motorhomes less than 3.5 metres high. Some of these sites are suitable for camper trailers with... Find out more


Gundagai River Caravan Park 49 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the park is about 1 km from the town centre. First impressions are the wide expanses of green grass and large shady trees. It is a great spot to stay and enjoy this... Find out more


Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 79 km

Nestled alongside the Murrumbidgee River, this park has wide expanses of shady lawns and is within walking distance of the main shopping area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Big4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park 79 km

This older well-maintained and well-managed park, 2 km east of the town centre on the Sturt Highway, has long-established shade trees. this is a convenient and easily accessible park for the through traveller. Bookings... Find out more


Yass Caravan Park 83 km

The park is just 1 km from the town centre and is a popular overnight stop for those travelling the Hume Highway. There are convenient drive-thru sites, grassy areas and clean amenities. Bookings may be required during... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Heritage Motel

The Heritage Motel is ideal for golfing enthusiasts. It offers up-market executive and king spa suites, and self-contained villas with private verandahs and balconies overlooking one of Australia’s largest inland... Find out more


The White Ibis

The White Ibis is a boutique B&B, well deserving its four-and-a-half stars. The 11 country-style guest rooms have plenty of luxurious details in a heritage-listed building dating back to 1876. Accommodation ranges... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Coolac rest area 36 km

84km SW of Yass (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.


Mingay rest area 39 km

12km N of Gundagai (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.


Bookham rest area 59 km

32km W of Yass (L) or 70km NE of Gundagai (R)

Just off the highway and opposite the cafe. Caravan parking behind the amenities block.


Boranbola rest area 71 km

22km E of Wagga Wagga (R) or 23km W of Hume Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.


Tumut park area 76 km

At Tumut

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.


Ben Halls Cave camping area 82 km

T/O 81km E of West Wyalong (R) or 23km W of Grenfell (L)

Secluded bush setting in Weddin Mountains National Park 13km south-west of the highway via Lynchs Rd (unsealed) and Nowlands Rd (partly unsealed).


Grenfell rest area 84 km

At Grenfell

Just off the highway on the south side of town.


Kilgowlah Creek rest area 86 km

14km SW of Tarcutta (L) or 56km NE of Holbrook (R)

Just off the highway under a few large trees.


Bogolong Rest Area 88 km

95 km E of West Wyalong (L) or 9 km W of Grenfell (R)

Large area just off the highway. Limited shade.


Log Bridge Creek camping area 89 km

23km NW of Talbingo (R) or 18km S of Tumut (L)

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.


Tyagong Creek rest area 91 km

31km E of Grenfell (R) or 24km W of Cowra (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Weddin View rest area 92 km

82km E of West Wyalong (L) or 22km W of Grenfell (R)

Adjacent to the highway under a few trees.


The Pines camping area 93 km

19km NW of Talbingo (L) or 22km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.


What's on around town

Markets: Fisher Park, 2nd Sun each month; Wallendbeen, 1st Sun each month.

Wattle Time Festival: Aug.

Rose Show: Nov.

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