Cootamundra is a prosperous rural service centre located at a major junction on the Sydney-Melbourne railway line in the southwest slopes area. It has become an evocative town with Cootamundra Wattle conjuring images of the Australian bush.
The connection with Donald Bradman as his birthplace gives the town a link with Australia's most famous sportsman. The Don’s birthplace has been lovingly restored and refurbished, and the adjacent cottage is now home to a wonderfully rich display of Australian cricket memorabilia.
The Captains’ Walk in Jubilee Park commemorates the significance of Cootamundra’s part in the history of test cricket and sports leadership, as the birthplace of the world’s all-time greatest cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman. The Walk features bust sculptures of Australia’s Test Cricket Captains together with the leading indigenous player in the first Australian cricket team to tour England in 1868.
The Cootamundra Heritage Centre is located in the former 1927 built Cootamundra Railway Barracks and Rest House and houses a permanent object collection relating to Cootamundra along with 14 individual rooms dedicated to themes such as the history of the Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls Training Home.
Gundagai is located right on the picturesque Murrumbidgee River halfway between Sydney and Melbourne is the ideal town to stop and break up a trip or spend a weekend exploring its attractions and meeting the friendly locals.
An RV friendly town, Gundagai is the perfect location to meet halfway with friends or family living in other southern/eastern cities. A great base or stopover for your trip to Kosciuszko National Park, or for that lazy summer week away with the family - exploring the region or just cooling down in the excellent local pool without the crowds.
Gundagai is home to the iconic Dog on the Tuckerbox, Marble Masterpiece, and stunning historical bridges and is the resting place of Captain Moonlite. 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 Historic Photograph Collection, the Gundagai Museum and the Heritage Railway Station.
You can throw a line in the Murrumbidgee River, bird watch, play the beautiful Bidgee Banks Golf Course, or bring the canoes and bikes and really get amongst it. Also learn the story of Wiradjuri flood heroes Yarri and Jacky as you view the newly erected sculpture celebrating them in the Gundagai main street “The Great Rescue of 1852”.
Top 5 things to do in the Cootamundra and Gundagai region
- Visit the legendary ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’ eight kilometres north of Gundagai
- Visit Bradman’s Birthplace Museum in Cootamundra
- View the Prince Alfred Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in the Southern Hemisphere and the Gundagai Railway Viaduct.
- Take time to see the 42 cricket sculptures on the Captain’s Walk in Cootamundra's Jubilee Park
- Marvel at Rusconi’s Marble Masterpiece in Gundagai, a miniature cathedral painstakingly carved from marble by a local sculptor over 28 years