Bombala was settled in 1850, lying 80kms south of Cooma. It is a charming town situated midway between the mountains and the south coast and it is the largest town in the eastern Monaro. Like that of other Monaro towns, Bombala’s economy relies heavily on grazing and, to a lesser extent, the timber industry.
Today, new industries are developing, including the production of lavender and products such as lavender jams, soaps and oils. Bombala’s lavender is said to be on par with that produced in France.
Some of its interesting buildings include the Masonic Hall and Library Institute on Caveat Street, the Court House and several of the area’s magnificent homesteads.
The rivers around Bombala have some of the highest populations of platypus in New South Wales, with the area promoted as “Australia’s platypus capital”. A visit to the Platypus Sanctuary, just out of town, is well worth it.
The stream trout fishing is reputedly some of the best in mainland Australia.
Mountain biking is yet another activity that has become increasingly popular in recent years and there are many kilometres of exhilarating and and thrilling trails on offer in designated State Forest areas.
Points of Interest
- Platypus Sanctuary
- Endeavour Reserve
- South East Forests National Park
- Lavender House
- Railway Museum