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
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.
Visit our Visitor Information Centre located within the Cootamundra Arts Centre
• Learn Cootamundra’s history at the Heritage Centre
Cootamundra Shire's Villages
Stockinbingal 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
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.
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
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
Must see and do
Have your photograph taken beside a life-size sculpture of “The Don” or bronze busts of former Australian cricket captains at Jubilee Park.
Soak up the historical and architectural significance of Cootamundra’s grand old buildings.
Learn about the region’s aboriginal, agricultural, cultural, educational, military and transport history at the Cootamundra Heritage Centre.
A tribute to the district’s wheat farming heritage can be found in Mackay Park, Wallendbeen, and Parker Street, Cootamundra.
Visit Australia’s only mustard seed oil factory at Yandilla, see advertisement next page.
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.
The Milestone Sculptures in Parker Street, are a tribute to the local Wheat Industry. The sculptures name refers to the old mile posts used in that actual spot, which marked out distances in earlier days
|All year ‘round entertainment|
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
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
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
Lions Club Christmas Carnival
Christmas Carols in The Park
Christmas Street Party
Wallendbeen Christmas Fair
Cootamundra Unisex Touch
Australia Day Celebration
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.