Tourism in Cootamundra

Aerial view of Cootamundra
Cootamundra town entry sign, Olympic Way
Cootamundra Arts Centre, Wallendoon Street
Cootamundra Old District Hospital
The home of Donald Bradman - Bradman Birthplace, Adams Street
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Morris Street
Cootamundra Railway Station, Hovell Street
Just one of Cootamundra's picturesque residential streets

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 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.

Cootamundra Shire's Villages

Stockinbingal

Taking a walk around Stockinbingal is the ideal way to explore this quaint village. Much of the original Victorian and Federation architecture still remains, including the hospital, police station, courthouse, hotels, churches, schools, and bank.

First proclaimed a village in 1885, Stockinbingal is now home to approximately 250 residents. The Stockinbingal Village Fair held in March each year attracts visitors from far a-field.

Wallendbeen

Surrounded by some of the richest agricultural land in Australia, Wallendbeen is a small village located just 22 km north of Cootamundra.

A sense of ‘community’ is central to life in Wallendbeen, with the historic Wallendbeen Hotel acting as the social hub of the village. A beautifully maintained sporting oval, and newly upgraded tennis facilities enable Wallendbeen to host a variety of local and regional sporting events.

Must see and do

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

·         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.

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.