Our Region

Welcome to Coolamon Shire, a short detour off the Olympic, Newell
and Sturt Highways.

Coolamon Shire, which is home to approximately 4,300 people, takes in the three larger towns of Coolamon, Ganmain and Ardlethan, and the smaller villages of Marrar, Matong and Beckom.

Coolamon is the largest town in the Shire.

“The Coolamon district was traditionally occupied by Wiradjuri Aborigines and it is from their word “coolamon“, meaning water basin or water dish, that the town gets its name”.

The Shire takes great pride in its appearance with well-designed, immaculate townscapes. Many of the restored heritage buildings house essential retail outlets, while others showcase unique products and wares.

Cruise the country roads between the towns and villages, acquaint yourself with the hidden gems, walk or ride the various trails. Be transported back in time with a visit to a number of museums, discover the cultural precincts and taste delectable delights from award-winning artisan producers.

Coolamon enjoys the best of both worlds, a rural lifestyle complemented by excellent services and facilities. Well maintained by a proactive council supported by locals who demonstrate a strong sense of commitment to their community.


Renewed interest in regional and rural Australia has created a surge of growth and investment in Coolamon Shire, further enriching the community.

Coolamon Shire is one of the richest agricultural and pastoral districts in the Riverina and is renowned for its grain production, as well as wool, sheep and cattle.

Diversification in agriculture in recent years has seen an increase in the number of artisan producers within the shire.

How to find Coolamon

On arrival at The Ark, Coolamon, you will be greeted with a guest welcome pack that contains detailed information about your accommodation and its facilities in addition to what attractions and activities you will find in and around Coolamon.

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