Cootamundra is a small town in New South Wales, Australia. Cootamundra has a long history from the time of the Wiradjuri people. Cootamundra derives its name from their word for turtle, 'guudhamang.' Graziers came and settled in the area in 1830s.
Cootamundra is a rural town situated on the western slopes of New South Wales, about 350km southwest of Sydney via M31/B94/A41. It's around 2 hours 15 mins drive from Capital Circle Canberra, 1 hour 15 minutes from Wagga Wagga, and 1 hour from Gundagai.
NSW TrainLink operates two trains each way daily from Melbourne to Sydney which stop at Cootamundra. Additionally, there is a service between Sydney and Griffith once a week (both ways) which stops at Cootamundra.
- 1 Cootamundra railway station, Hovell St.
Cootamundra is a hub for NSW TrainLink coaches. Coaches which stop at Cootamundra include:
- A Canberra-Wagga Wagga service
- A Cootamundra-Tumbarumba service
- A Cootamundra-Condobolin service
- A Cootamundra-Mildura service
- A Cootamundra-Dubbo service
- A Cootamundra-Bathurst service
Cootamundra has a small airport right on the edge of town, but no regular passenger transport. Charters are available.
In July and August visitors will enjoy seeing the brilliant Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana) in full bloom.
- 1 Bradman's Birthplace Museum, 89 Adams St, ☏ . 9AM–5PM Daily except New Years Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day.. The world cricketing great, Sir Donald Bradman, was born on 27 August 1908, in this cottage on Adams Street. The house is now a museum hosting memorabilia from Don's life. Adults: $5, children under 16: free.
- 1 Cricket Captains Walk, Cnr Wallendoon & Olney streets. 24/7. Bronze busts of every Australian XI captain on pedestals, arranged sequentially around 200 m walk and photo-friendly life-size bronze statue of Bradman in action. Playground and plenty of room to kick a footy. Ample on-street parking, caravans included. no charge.
- Stockinbingal Heritage Walk. A self-guided walking tour providing an insight into the early years of the village and the life-style of the pioneering families. Details on the visitor info centre website.
- The Outback Bakery, 106 Wallendoon St, ☏ . Not really in the outback though.
- Southern Comfort Motor Inn, 24-28 Parker St. (Olympic Way), ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . A small, friendly, family-run motel. This motel in Cootamundra offers clean, spacious rooms in a quiet location in the heart of Cootamundra.
- Wattle Tree Motel, 66 Wallendoon St, ☏ .
- Cootamundra Gardens Motel, 96 Sutton Street (Olympic Highway), ☏ . Air-conditioning, outdoor pool.