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Surrounded by fields of canola and wheat, the charming country town of Cootamundra has contributed to Australia’s agricultural base as a commercial centre. Being the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman, the cricket batsman, only adds to its allure.
There a number of annual events held here, from the Cootamundra Rodeo in February, to the Wattle Country Music weekend in November and the Agricultural show in October. The Heritage Centre, near the railway station is worth a visit, showcasing Cootamundra’s aboriginal, settler and agricultural history.
The Captain’s Walk is of interest not only to those who love cricket, but art lovers as well. A series of 42 bronze figures of previous Australian Test Cricket Captains, including a full size one of Sir Donald Bradman. At Jubilee Park, Wallendoon St.
At the Cootamundra Art & Craft Centre, located in the old train station masters residence, there are hand crafted items of all kinds that you can purchase. Phone: +061 2 6942 2895 for more information.
At the Heritage Centre there are displays relating to the history, people and events that shaped Cootamundra. Located at the old Railway Barrack, Railway Complex on Hovell Street. Phone: +061 2 6940 2190.
Donald Bradman, the world renowned cricketer was born here on 27th August 1908. You can visit his birthplace, now restored, where there are photos and memorabilia. Located 89 Adams St. Phone: +061 2 6940 2100 for more information.
Next door, there is the Memorabilia Cottage, with artefacts relating to Cootamundra and Australia, from the early 1900s.
South west of Cootamundra: At the Migurra Reserve there is a gentle walk which takes you through the park. There are iron bark trees (Eucalypt) here, with distinctive strong fissured bark that protects them from bushfire and are prized for its hard wood. Greybox trees, also eucalypt, has a smooth bark on its upper and newer branches and fibrous bark on its trunk and older branches. Birdlife thrives here.
Located in the west hills of the Southern Tablelands, is the Ulandra Nature Reserve, where Aboriginal artefacts have been found, attesting to their original occupation of this land.
Protecting the Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia) they were used by Aboriginals as medicine. The reserve also protects the birdlife and other wildlife here, including grey kangaroos, wallabies and possums. Located about 25 kms south west of Cootamundra.
In the surrounds of Cootamundra, there are wineries that you can visit and sample some of the wonderful wines that are produced in this region.
The Visitor Information Centre, located in the Cootamundra Arts Centre has lots more info, Wallendoon St, phone +061 2 6942 4212 for more information.
Directly south east is the city of Canberra ACT, with national museums, monuments and art galleries: Canberra ACT.
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