WARREN, CANONBA, NYNGAN, NEVERTIRE LOOP
Tour 1 - 165Km
Commence your tour at Warren and travel along an unsealed road to visit the Canonba cemetery, and continue on to the site of Canonba. Continue your trip to Nyngan where you can visit the Nyngan museum located at the old Railway Station building. Travel along the Mitchell Highway to Nevertire, returning to Warren through cotton country.
WARREN, CANONBA, GIRILAMBONE, NYNGAN,NEVERTIRE LOOP.
Tour 2 - 220 km
A full day of touring with many sites that can be viewed along the way like 'Cobbs paddock' known as the 'overflow', a visit to the Canonba cemetery, and the site of Canonba. Explore Colane and Duck Creek, the sites of several of the Cobb & Co changing stations. Girilambone has an old store with coach murals on the outside wall. When in Nyngan visit the museum, continue along the highway to Nevertire and take in the sites of the former coach station homesteads back to Warren.
On these two tours you have the opportunity to travel over original Cobb & Co roads as an alternative to the highway. The history of the area covers the passage of time, from the legends of the traditional landowners, to the colonial explorers and pioneers, settlers, miners and bushrangers. By taking the time to explore the area, today's traveller can find fascinating windows to the past, and gain an appreciation of the unique characteristics of the Warren and Nyngan district.
The landscape plays an integral part in understanding the area's history and heritage. The many rivers and creeks in this part of the west, have resulted in very fertile farm land, which has been settled for over 150 years.
The area is often subject to flooding as it is an extremely flat landscape. These floods have been part of its history and are often a feature of old Cobb & Co stories about this region.
Contact the local visitor information centre to find out about the range of events and attractions located in and around the Warren and Nyngan Shire areas.
During the late 1800s Cobb & Co coaches stopped at Warren enroute to Dubbo, Bourke, Cobar, Nevertire, Nyngan and Coonamble. It is over these very roads that you will now travel, close to the creeks and to the past. This country once was covered with myall trees. They provided excellent fodder in drought times for the Cobb & Co horses.
2. COBB'S PADDOCK
The property was owned by Cobb & Co and used to rest their horses. A dam built by Chinese workers using picks, shovels and wheelbarrows is all that remains today. Look carefully on the western side of the road and you might recognize the dam site, a wonderful remnant of the past.
3. CANONBA AND CANONBA CEMETERY
Canonba was established by John Brown. It was a terminus for the first coaches, and later was a changing station on the line to Bourke. In the 1870s Canonba boasted a population of 500, five hotels, a bank, and the local boot maker who was also the doctor. With the extension of the railway line to Nyngan, Canonba faded. A reminder of the past is the Canonba Cemetery. A stile over the fence allows public access to the site.
Located on Duck Creek, the property was a Cobb & Co changing station. Many of the old buildings, including the Post Office, are still standing. The Cobb & Co director, WF Whitney, planted two large Morton Bay fig trees at Colane. The trees remain - relics of the past.
5. LARSON'S PUB
LARSON'S PUB or the ‘Half Way Hotel’, was positioned to take advantage of travellers stranded by floods. Some say it still stands - others that only the foundations remain.
Girilambone is an Aboriginal word meaning falling stones and relates to meteorite showers. The area became a coach stop, and from 1881 has been the site of a copper mine.
Nyngan was the scene of much coaching activity in the late 1800s. Cobb & Co established properties at Buckiinguy and Canonba. Visit the Heritage Coffee Pot, which was constructed during the Cobb & Co days as the Nyngan Hotel.
Royal Hotel Warren
Some of these roads are not sealed, check with the Visitor Information Centre before leaving about the suitability of your vehicle for the trip.