Nestled in the heart of the Riverina New South Wales, Coolamon is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This charming town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, vibrant culture and warm hospitality. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination, here are the top five reasons why Coolamon should be on your travel radar.
Immerse Yourself in Indigenous Culture
Coolamon is steeped in Aboriginal heritage, and it offers an incredible opportunity to learn about and connect with Australia’s First Nations. Ganmain, Matong, Grong Grong and Wagga Wagga are just a short drive away and provide a window into the rich cultural tradition and history of the Wiradjuri people. Check out the Gullaman Collection at the Coolamon Up-to-Date Store to see a significant collection of stone tools and cultural items which tell the stories of the local Wiradjuri People.
Wander Through History
Step back in time as you wander through Coolamon’s historic streets. The town boasts a well-preserved collection of heritage-listed buildings showcasing its rich history. The Coolamon Up-to-Date Store Museum is a must-visit attraction housed in a beautifully restored general store. Discover artefacts, photographs and exhibits that bring the town’s past to life. Check out Coolamon Fire Museum, which honours the bravery of local firefighters, or take a walk through the town centre to admire the well-preserved architecture.
Delight in Natural Beauty
Nature enthusiasts will find themselves captivated by the picturesque landscapes that surround Coolamon. Spend the day walking or biking the local nature trails, including Kindra Forest Trail located in Coolamon’s Kindra State Forest. Just minutes from Coolamon’s main street, you can choose from 3 loop trails which explore the surrounding bush. Keep your eyes out for kangaroos and goannas that call this area home.
Looking to take in more nature? Head to Marrambidya Wetland outside Wagga Wagga. Home to a vast array of bird species, including waterbirds, raptors and migratory birds, this wetland is a haven for birdwatching and nature photography.
Indulge in Local Cuisine and Wine
No trip to Coolamon would be complete without savouring its delectable local cuisine and wines. The region is renowned for its fertile soil and premium produce, making it a haven for food lovers. Visit local farmers’ markets to sample fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and artisanal products. Local establishment Coolamon Cheese Co. makes a variety of handcrafted cheeses that are sure to please your taste buds. Pair your culinary delights with a visit to the area’s wineries, where you can indulge in tastings of exceptional cool-climate wines.
Experience Festivals and Events
Coolamon is a vibrant community that loves to celebrate. Plan your visit to coincide with one of the region’s annual festivals to experience its lively atmosphere. Some great events include the Coolamon New Year’s Eve Street Party, Gourmet Ganmain, Ardlethan Country Music Festival, Coolamon Fire Muster, Ardlethan Picnic Races and Ganmain Twilight Markets. These celebrations provide an opportunity to connect with locals, immerse yourself in their traditions and create lasting memories.
Plan Your Escape
Ready to uncover the hidden treasures of Coolamon? Come and stay with us at The Ark, Coolamon. Formerly the ‘Old Methodist Church’, The Ark, has been lovingly restored and converted to iconic accommodation. On arrival, you will receive a welcome platter showcasing local artisan products and a welcome pack containing detailed information about local attractions in our region. Fully self-contained and available for short and long stays, we can accommodate your needs. Call us today to book your stay!