Things to See and Do
The village itself
An excellent starting point is to browse the shops. In particular –
- ‘Well Thumbed Books’, a second-hand bookshop with an enormous range of books
- ‘Black Wattle Gallery’, which have 100% local art and artisan items
- ‘The Lazy Lizard’, a local artist co-operative with regular exhibitions
- ‘Bangles’ for pottery and ‘South Coast Leather’ for all types of leather items
- ‘Sweet Home Cobargo’ for fresh local & organic produce
- ‘Cobargo Home Made Icecream’ has a wonderful range of seasonal flavours
- And have lunch or a cup of coffee at the ‘Chalk & Cheese’ cafe
Further out of town, explore ‘Galba Forge’ where the blacksmith specialises in plaited wrought iron items such as mirror frames, candelabras, coat hooks, fire sets and the like. He will also design bespoke items for you.
Also check out ‘The Old Butter Factory’ – some people would call it a scrap yard, but as well as the pre-loved timber and steel you will discover some amazing and unique items.
At the edge of town, have a wander around ‘Cobargo Farm’ market garden.
A 25m heated swimming pool, tennis, sports ground and regular pony club events are all on offer in Cobargo.
There is a picnic area and park right in town near the bridge. Situated on the banks of the Narira River, it is a pleasant vantage point from which to watch the activity of this busy town.
Wadbilliga National Park
Wadbilliga National Park
West of Cobargo is the Wadbilliga National Park. Along the picturesque 20km drive is evidence of the early farms established by the pioneers of the district.
Cobargo is the point of departure for an investigation of this National Park with its rugged mountain ranges, wide plateaus, deep river valleys, wet sclerophyll forest, heathland, bogs and pockets of old growth rainforest. This untouched wilderness area is home to 122 species of native birds as well as swamp wallabies, echidnae, possums, platypus, eastern grey kangaroos and wombats.
The most spectacular features of the park are the Tuross Falls (35 metres) and the 5 km Tuross River Gorge. Both are on the western side of the park. The falls can be viewed from a 3 km walking track which departs from the Cascades camping area. From Cobargo follow Bourkes Rd through Yowrie and on to Lake Creek Camping Area by the Wadbiliga River. Several kilometres beyond this point is the highly scenic Wadbiliga Crossing Picnic Area. All three locations have toilets and picnic-barbecue facilities.
The parks’ pristine state means that exploration is mostly by foot, and for experienced bushwalkers and naturalists who enjoy lengthy walks and are prepared for an overnight stay. Note that heavy rains can render roads and river crossings problematic so it is best to inquire about local conditions before setting off.
Contact National Parks & Wildlife Service at Narooma for more information, maps and pamphlets. Phone 4476 2888
Brogo Dam is a bass fishing ‘hot spot’ and canoeing capital. It is south of Cobargo and is reached by turning west off the main Princes highway.
It offers picnic facilities and a ramp from which to launch your canoe or rowboat. You can hire canoes to explore the dam and gain access to remote pockets of bush, teaming with wildlife. This is really getting away from it all!
Look for the community of gnomes in the middle of town and visit gnome headquarters at Lazy Lizard Gallery across the street. An illustrated field guide to the local wee folk has been prepared by local Naomi Lewis and has proven invaluable to spotters. It describes the gnome’s appearance and habitat along with their nature – are they malevolent or helpful?
Every Saturday morning, the local producers ‘Laneway Market’ is held along the main street – from the laneway next to the pharmacy and up to the hairdresser building.
Cobargo Folk Festival
Now in its 19th year, the annual Folk Festival features over 200 musicians, singers, dancers and poets. It is held in last weekend of February each year and runs for 3 days.
For more details see www.cobargofolkfestival.com
The Cobargo Show
Cobargo holds its annual Agricultural Show in February each year. It is held over a Friday and Saturday and is the second largest Show in the region.
As well as livestock judging and craft displays there are also horse and woodchop events, rides, amusements, and showbags for the young and young at heart.