Cobar is located in the mid north-west of New South Wales, within an area noted for its pastoral and mining industries.
The commercial centre of Cobar extends along Marshall Street, which is the main highway route through the town. Several historic buildings, including a couple of hotels that dating back to the town's early settlement days, are still in existence.
On the southern outskirts of town is Newey Reservoir which is a water recreation lake which is surrounded by parkland and where visitors can enjoy water sports.
Copper was discovered in the area during the 1870s and mines were established, with the Great Cobar Heritage Centre a worthwhile place to visit to learn about Cobar's mining history.
About 5 kilometres south of Cobar along Kidman Way is Fort Bourke Hill where good views of the town, its surrounding plains and an open-cut mine can be observed.
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