On these two tours you have the opportunity to travel over some very original Cobb & Co roads as an alternative to the highway. The many rivers and creeks in this part of the west have resulted in very fertile farm land, and important sheep breeding country. The other result of so much water is flooding, for which Nyngan is also famous. Start your tour with a visit to the Cobb & Co Coachworks in town and then head out to Canonba, to follow the lovely and lonely roads of the coaching days.
Tour 1 - 250 km. Canonba, Buckiinguy, Willie Retreat and Coolabah loop.
A marvellous full day tour along the many rivers and creeks of Bogan Shire, including the Gunningbar Creek, the Duck, the Marra, Macquarie Marshes and the Bogan.
Take a picnic lunch and find a picturesque spot beside one of the many streams to stop a while and enjoy the history, scenery and birdlife.
Tour 2 - 130 km. Canonba - Girilambone loop.
A shorter tour that is still full of beautiful scenery and historical sites.
Again, take a lunch with you and picnic beside the Duck Creek, perhaps on the tranquil site where Canonba village once stood.
A very early settlement grew up here, on the banks of Duck Creek, servicing the early pioneers and Cobb & Co travellers to the outback. Much of the town was owned by John Brown and so it was dubbed "Brownstown". Today it is a great picnic and fishing spot. Nearby are the graves of some of those early settlers, and an unusual "zig-zag" fence, where coaches could pass from one paddock to another without gates.
2. Buckiinguy was owned by Cobb & Co in 1865 and used as a breeding station for their horses and cattle. Today old "Yucca" plants remain to mark the original homestead site.
3. Willie Retreat is just on the edge of Macquarie Marches and remnants of stables and an inn still exist here. Accommodation can be arranged for a stop over, or a longer visit to take in the Macquarie Marches.
4. Monkey Bridge takes its name from a primitive inn that stood nearby called "Monkey". Today only remnants of bricks and bottles remain - but once the "pub" must have been a most welcome sight to lonely travellers.
5. Coolabah is a small village today with a big past. An interpretive sign near the well tells part of the story, while the cemetery contains the grave of the founder of Coolabah - Charles Werner. Call at the general store or hotel and ask about the mysterious earlier village of the "Three Legs of Man".
6. Girilambone the General Store which has survived since the Cobb & Co days.
7. Bogan River crossing near the site of Larsin's Pub. Hotels were usually on the banks of creeks and rivers as a ready water source which was so necessary for horses and travellers. Also, if the river rose in floods, the pub could provide accommodation for a long stay. This river crossing is a beautiful spot to stop and spend some time exploring.
Bogan River Crossing
Check with the Bogan Shire Council in Cobar Street or the Tourist Agent on Pangee Street as to the condition of the roads, as many are unsealed and may require 4WD in certain weather conditions. Remember to take special care of animals on the roads when travelling close to dusk.