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Cobargo is an historic village about 20 kilometres inland from Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW. It is located between Narooma and Bega on the Princes Highway.
As you drive along the Princes Highway, coming upon Cobargo is such a delight. It is a charming village of beautifully maintained buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Take time to stop and stroll around the unique shops, galleries and cafes. Find locally produced items of pottery and leather.
Cobargo is a great place to stay. Base yourself here and explore the surrounding area – including the Sapphire Coast.
Cobargo was first settled in the 1830s by graziers looking for new pastures. The first European to visit Cobargo was William Tarlinton. He established a farm in the area where his descendants still live.
From the 1860s settlers were also attracted to the area by the prolific growth of black wattle. The wattle bark was stripped, cut and sent to Sydney and Melbourne for use in the tanning industry. A dairy industry was established in the 1870s with butter and cheese being made. Butter was shipped to Sydney from the port of Bermagui.
Stop for lunch and great coffee. Listed in SMH Good Food Guide 2012. Open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30, Sat 9am-2pm. Closed Sunday.
59 Princes Highway, Cobargo
Telephone 02 6493 6007
Stroll around Cobargo's interesting shops including Leatherworks, Bangles Pottery Gallery, gift shops, the Bank of Ales home brew supplies, buy local produce, have tea and scones in a railway carriage!
Take a self-guided walk around the historic buildings of Cobargo. Pick up a Cobargo Historic Walk brochure from participating businesses and look for the old-style telephones to hear stories told by senior residents. See a map of the walk on the main street next to the Bangles pottery gallery. Allow about 2 hours for the whole walk.
Taste hand-crafted boutique wines including award-winning Shiraz and Merlot. Cellar door open 11am-5pm weekends Oct-Mar; 7 days long weekends and Christmas holiday period. Closed Apr-Sep.
Princes Highway, Cobargo (4 kms south of Cobargo towards Bega)
Telephone 02 6493 6377
Farm produce, local crafts and lavender products. The lavender is usually in flower November and December.
821 Bermagui Road, Cobargo
Telephone 02 6493 6211.
Beautiful wilderness area. Camp at the Cascades campground or Lake Creek Camping area. See Tuross Falls, accessed via a 3 km walking track from the Cascades. Visit the NSW National Parks website for more information - www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkCamping.aspx?id=N0048
Visit nearby NSW South Coast beaches and lakes. Bermagui is about a 20 minute drive, Narooma about 30 minutes. The charming town of Central Tilba is nearby and Bega is about a 30 minute drive. Enjoy many scenic drives in the area.
Visit the tourist office on the Princes Highway, Cobargo. It is opposite the Cobargo garage (mechanic). The centre is manned by volunteers and is open 10-4 Mon-Fri, 10-1 Sat, closed Sunday. Telephone 02 6493 6110. For more information on the village of Cobargo, visit the Cobargo website - www.visitcobargo.com