Cootamundra

Although it’s a charming place to explore at any time of the year, Cootamundra is at its most picturesque in July and August, when the yellow flowers of its namesake wattle set the countryside ablaze with colour. This rich agricultural region is renowned for the production of prime lamb, wool, beef, wheat, canola and other grains. Newer industries 

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include olives, almonds, pistachios, deer and horse studs.

Cootamundra has several must-see attractions for cricketing enthusiasts, not the least being Bradman’s Birthplace, a restored cottage filled with fascinating cricketing memorabilia, and Captain’s Walk, a collection of bronze sculptures of former Australian cricket captains.

With two railway stations, a pedestrian overbridge and numerous over- and under- bridges, Cootamundra is also a train spotter’s delight. Just 10 minutes to the south is the famous “Bethungra Spiral”, a 360-degree loop that allows locomotives to climb the steep incline. Constructed in the 1940s, this engineering feat includes two tunnels and 33-metre deep cuttings.

The name Cootamundra is derived from the Wiradjuri word, “Cooramundry”, meaning “turtle”, “swamp” or “low lying land”. European settlement in the 1830s was spurred on by the wealth of the land and favourable climate, and later by a short-lived gold rush and then building of the railway. The town boasts many grand old buildings, including the railway station, courthouse, post office and the showground’s grandstand.

Visitor Checklist:

Visit our Visitor Information Centre located within the Cootamundra Arts Centre

• Learn Cootamundra’s history at the Heritage Centre
• Visit Bradman’s Birthplace Museum
• Check out the Wiradjuri Stained Glass Windows at the Town Hall
• Sample some of our local wine at one of our Vineyards
• Play a round of golf at the oldest course in NSW
• Ride the Cootamundra Mountain Bike trail
• Take time to see the 42 cricket sculptures in Jubilee Park
• Take a craft course at the Art & Crafts Centre
• Get fit and healthy on our outdoor fitness equipment
• Grab a beer and some food from one of our brilliant pubs
• Check out one of our local olive, canola or mustard seed oil producers for a tour and a taste
• Take a tour of the Cootamundra Creative Arts and Cultural Centre
• A historic cricket walk featuring the bronze busts of 42 Australian test captains

 

 
• Catch a movie at the Tin Shed Theatre
• Have a tour of the Men’s Shed
• Drive out of town for lunch at one of our surrounding villages
• Have a swim in the Cootamundra Swimming Pool Complex
• Enjoy a great coffee at one of our boutique coffee shops
• Try a little retail therapy with one of our many great shops
• See the bird sculptures along Muttama Creek
• Visit the Cootamundra library
• Stay an extra night at one of our boutique accommodation options
• Shop for gourmet food products from one of our many local producers
• Take a drive around the Bird Trails of Cootamundra
• Have a look at the giant
• Check out the beautiful old grandstands at the Showground and Racecourse

Cootamundra Shire's Villages

 Stockinbingal

Stockinbingal sml 2Stockinbingal is a township of 250 people on the road between Cootamundra and Temora with a hotel and its original small cluster of stores. The main street comprises eight commercial buildings, a
railway station and Bowling Club.

Stockinbingal has maintained its architectural integrity and remains virtually untouched since Federation. Designed in 1881 Stockinbingal was proclaimed a village on March 20, 1886. 

Many of the original buildings still stand today.
Stockinbingal Railway Station opened in 1893 servicing the Temora and Cootamundra line; former Bank of NSW, Federation 1915; former Stockinbingal Hotel Circa 1888; St James Anglican Church, 1910; Commercial Hotel, 1911; Cafe / Newsagency, Federation/Interwar 1908; Former Begleys Store, Federation, originally built 1893 - converted to double shop in 1917; Former Bakery, Federation circa, 1912- 1914; Former Stock & Station Agent, Federation 1909.

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Wallendbeen

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Wallendbeen is a well preserved pastoral village nestled amongst some of the richest farming land in the country where the broad fields of canola glow a brilliant yellow. With a population of around 150 people, it was proclaimed a village
in 1885 as it was offering many services for the travellers and the early settlers. The railway line was opened at Wallendbeen in 1877. The main school building was opened in 1911. There was a Police Station, produce mill, a tannery, butter factory, butcher shop and brickworks all operating at this time.

The community of Wallendbeen enjoys a quiet and peaceful lifestyle and are proud of their beautiful surrounds which is now attracting many new residents from other areas. At the heart of village life is the historic Wallendbeen Hotel, standing tall on the corner greeting visitors. With its well maintained sporting oval and tennis courts, Wallendbeen hosts many local and regional
sporting events.

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Must see and do

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Stand in the room where Australian cricketing legend, Sir Donald Bradman, was born in 1908.

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Have your photograph taken beside a life-size sculpture of “The Don” or bronze busts of former Australian cricket captains at Jubilee Park.
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Soak up the historical and architectural significance of Cootamundra’s grand old buildings.
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Learn about the region’s aboriginal, agricultural, cultural, educational, military and transport history at the Cootamundra Heritage Centre.
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A tribute to the district’s wheat farming heritage can be found in Mackay Park, Wallendbeen, and Parker Street, Cootamundra.
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Visit Australia’s only mustard seed oil factory at Yandilla, see advertisement next page.
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Take in nature’s beauty on the Migurra Reserve walking track, which passes through an ironbark and greybox community, or the Pioneer Park walking track, which reaches a spectacular lookout over Cootamundra.
Wheat Industry Memorial
 The Milestone Sculptures in Parker Street,  are a tribute to the local Wheat Industry. The scultpures name refers to the old mile posts used in that actual spot, which marked out distances in earlier days
 All year ‘round entertainment      
 AUTUMN
Cootamundra Wattle Country Music Weekend
Sports Foundation Dinner
Stockinbingal Village Fair
Cootamundra Picnic Race Meeting
Cootamundra Boots’N All B&S Ball
Anzac Day Memorial Services
Autumn Flower Show
Retirement Village Fair
Hay Carters Cycle Race
Cootamundra Dog Show
 WINTER
RDA Variety Night
Rugby League Debutante Ball
Wattle Time Garden Fair
CanAssist Wattle Time Art Exhibition
Wattle Time Debutante Ball
Cootamundra Business Awards
Anglican Church Daffodil Tea
Cootamundra Annual Cycle Classic
Antique Motor Car Rally
Wattle Time Squash Tournament
SPRING
Antique Motor Car Fathers Day Swap Meet
CanAssist Variety Night
Cootamundra Agricultural Show
Cootamundra Cup Race Meeting
Cootamundra Basketball Carnival
Cootamundra Hospital Fete
Rotary Antique Fair
Junior Basketball Carnival
Chris Edwards School of Dance Concert
Cootamundra Garden 
 SUMMER
Lions Club Christmas Carnival
Christmas Carols in The Park
Christmas Street Party
Wallendbeen Christmas Fair
Cootamundra Unisex Touch
Football Carnival
Australia Day Celebration
Bradman Letter
Coota Beach Volleyball Carnival
National Car Rallies

Did you know?

1,901 tractors assembled in a paddock near Cootamundra in April 2004 to claim the Guinness Book of Records world record for the greatest number of tractors ploughing at the one time.

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Getting Here

 To view Bus and Train maps, timetables and more information, click the image below.

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Cootamundra is conveniently located almost exactly half way between Melbourne and Sydney.

Driving from Sydney; simply get on to the M1 which becomes the M5 and keep following it south where it becomes the M31 (Hume Highway). Take the Jugiong exit (Riverside Dr, with a must see period style Pub with magnificent outdoor areas) and soon turn right onto Jugiong Rd, which then goes all the way to Cootamundra. Welcome to Cootamundra!

Driving from Melbourne; jump onto the Citylink and take the M2 exit (North), and then past the airport turn on to the Western Ring Rd (M80) heading north and next take the Hume Freeway (M31). Following the Hume Freeway to Gundagai and about 10 minutes past the Dog On The Tuckerbox, take the Muttama Rd exit all the way to Cootamundra. Great to see you here at Cootamundra!