Bombala is a beautiful southern Monaro town set upon rolling pastures, surrounded by dense native forests and situated on the shores of the Bombala River.
The population of Bombala is 1,211 and is comprised of approximately 50.6% females and 49.4% males. Bombala has a population of 15 (1.2%) indigenous people and a median age of 45.
Situated halfway between the Snowy Mountains and the Sapphire Coast, Bombala is just over five hours south of Sydney and 2 hours 20 minutes from Canberra. Bombala is a picturesque town that is known for its fine wool, beef cattle, timber and lavender production.
Regional Express (REX) conduct year-round return flights from Sydney into Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma (one hour from Bombala).
NSW Train Link operates a regional train and coach service that can take you to most key locations around the region including Jindabyne, Cooma, Tumut, Tumbarumba, Berridale, Dalgety and Bombala.
The main industries people from Bombala work in are:
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Public administration and safety
- Education and training
Cooma District Hospital (one hour from Bombala) is a regional public hospital (less than 50 beds) with an emergency department and maternity ward.
The closest major regional hospital is located in Bega (under 1.5 hours from Bombala) and offers:
- 134 overnight beds
- 15 emergency department bays
- 4 emergency medical unit beds
- 46 acute medical inpatient beds
Bombala is supported by an ambulance service.
There is one medical practice in Bombala
Bombala offers long day care and pre-school services.
There are two supermarkets in Bombala, a FoodWorks and an IGA. The larger regional town of Cooma (1 hour from Bombala) also offers Coles, Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets, Target and a range of other retail outlets.
There are a number of places of worship in Bombala including Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian churches. The nearest Buddhist Temples and Muslim Mosques are located in Canberra (2.5 hours from Bombala).
Points of Interest
It’s not hard to make the most of the fresh country air with plenty of outdoor activities around Bombala – mountain bike trails and fly fishing for trout are very popular pastimes. Horseriding, bushwalking and spotting resident platypus in local streams are also highlights. The Platypus Sanctuary Bombala has one of the densest populations of platypus in NSW.
There is also a market held at the Imperial Hotel (corner Forbes and Maybe streets) on the first Saturday of each month.