Explore the region
Bethungra is apart of the Junee Council Shire, but is only a short 20 minute drive from Cootamundra. The village offers a great insight into the Railway history of the area with the Bethungra Railway Spiral and the Bethungra Overpass (just south of the Bethungra Spiral). Bethungra is also home to Bethungra Dam which was constructed in 1895 as a water supply dam to service Junee. The dam covers an area of 14.65 hectares and holds 600 megalitres of water.
Distance from Cootamundra: 24.4 Kms, (20 Mins)
Coolac is a small village with a population (as of the 2011 census) of around 216 people. Coolac was by-passed officially in August 2009, but still has been moving forward. The Local Coolac Store provides all your farming needs, a welcoming smile, as well as a pie (or two). The village also has a local pub, called ‘The Beehive Hotel’, and offers icy cold beer on tap and your classic, big pub meals; it’s where the atmosphere is great, i love to have a beer in Coolac, ‘cause Coolac is great!
The town Coolamon is situated 40 kilometres north-west of Wagga Wagga, and has the famous ‘Coolamon Cheese Factory’ that offers tastings and tours of the factory itself. The Town also has a rich history, with many heritage listed buildings including the ‘Up-To-Date Store’ (127-129 Cowabbie Street), and its local Railway Station that was opened in 1881, and still operational today.
Distance from Cootamundra: 90.3 Kms (1 H, 5 Mins)
Visit The Dog On The Tuckerbox five miles north of Gundagai or head into town to explore some of the historic town’s lesser known attractions. The Old Gundagai Gaol is something different and the world class narrated audio tour tells tales of life in Gundagai in its days as a frontier town. Those interested in history will also enjoy the Gabriel History Photograph Collection, the Gundagai Museum and the Heritage Railway Station. Don’t miss Rusconi’s Marble Masterpiece at the Gundagai Visitor Centre.
Distance from Cootamundra: 58.0 Kms, ( 41 Mins)
The Light Horse Memorial commemorates the birthplace of the First Australian Light Horse at Murrumburrah in 1897. Bronze sculptures of Corporal William Bradford of the First Australian Light Horse, the ‘Retreat at Romani’ with horse, ‘Bill the Bastard’ carrying five men, and a diorama of Beersheba by Murrumburrah Sculptor Carl Valerius, granite blocks, nearby is a wall of remembrance and a number of commemorative plaques are set in a garden near Murrimboola Creek.
Distance from Cootamundra: 39.5 Kms, (30 Mins)
This small town is ideally situated on the Murrumbidgee River and is really taking off. The Town offers a lovely pub, ‘The Sir George’ with quality meals and accommodation with large grassed areas and playground for children to play on. they also have a local wine cellar door, ‘Lickety Splits Gelato Bar’ and ‘The Long track Pantry Cafe’.
Distance from Cootamundra: 46.4 Kms, (40 Mins)
Take a trip through the farming country of Bethungra and Illabo to the old Railway town of Junee. Visit the Roadhouse Museum, and the Old-mill which is now an Organic Licorice and chocolate Factory. The haunted Monte Cristo Homestead is a living museum and mansion full of rare and precious antiques and history. The elegant Broadway Hotel is home to the town’s museum and a quaint coffee and antique shop.
Distance from Cootamundra: 53.3 Kms, (39 Mins)
Designed in 1881, Stockinbingal was proclaimed a village on the 20th of March, 1886. The village is situated between Cootamundra and Temora with its original small cluster of stores that has maintained its architectural integrity and remains virtually untouched since federation. The main street consists of eight commercial buildings, a railway station and a bowling club.
One of the finest collections of flying Vintage Warplanes in the world is at Temora Aviation Museum in Temora, a delightful country town in south-western New South Wales. You’ll discover the fascinating heritage of the historic gold rush town at the Temora Rural Museum.
Distance from Cootamundra: 54.7 Kms, (42 Mins)
This city offers a great day out with numerous shopping, activities and food options. Only being just over an hour away from the Centre of Cootamundra, the City of Wagga Wagga offers a beautiful walk through the Wagga Wagga Botanical gardens, which includes a mini Zoo, the Wagga Wagga Art gallery, the Wiradjuri Walking Track which runs along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and through the beautiful countryside.
Distance from Cootamundra: 89.9 Kms ( 1 H, 6 Mins)
Wallendbeen is a short 19 minute drive from Cootamundra where you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful lifestyle which is proud of its beautiful surroundings which include the Historic Wallendbeen Hotel, standing tall on the corner greeting customers, one of the two locations of the Milestones Sculptures in Mackay Park and many old historic buildings including the Memorial Hall (established 1922), the Station Masters Residence (established in 1880) and G.F. Sackett’s Noted Emporium. Take a step back in time and endure the amazing concept of old architecture.
Distance from Cootamundra: 20.7 Kms, (19 Mins)
Discover fascination heritage, just off the Hume Highway, with beautiful streetscapes and top wineries not far outside of town. The Town has a rich Aboriginal culture and history, and was and still is occupied by the Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal tribes. There are many heritage listed buildings including th Yass Post Office, Yass Junction Railway Station, Cooma Cottage and many more.
Distance from Cootamundra: 104.0 Kms, (1 H, 9 Mins)
The Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens are located at the Chinaman’s Dam Reserve just four kilometres from the town centre of Young. Now a well-established garden set in a quiet, relaxing and picturesque site, the gardens are the perfect spot for a relaxing morning or afternoon with picnic facilities and barbecues. Also take one of the blossom tours in September/October and Pick Your Own Cherries are available during cherry season ( November and December).
Distance from Cootamundra: 50.7 Kms, (42 Mins)