Cootamundra is a welcoming regional community located just over one hour’s drive from the major regional centre of Wagga Wagga.
Cootamundra has a population of 6,695 and is comprised of approximately 51.4% females and 48.6% males. It has an indigenous population of 270 (4.0%) and the median age is 46. Cootamundra is located in the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the MPHN.
Cootamundra is located within the South West Slopes region of New South Wales in the Riverina.
It is 390 km from Sydney, 160 kilometres from Canberra and just over an hour’s drive from the major regional centre of Wagga Wagga.
The closest regional airport is just over an hour’s drive in Wagga Wagga. Qantaslink and Rex offer daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
Cootamundra railway station is located on the Main Southern railway line, with passengers served in each direction by twice daily NSW TrainLink XPT railway services between Sydney and Melbourne, and the weekly Xplorer railway services to Griffith.
Cootamundra is also the hub for NSW Trainlink cross country coach services to Orange.
The major sources of employment in Cootamundra are:
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Education and training
- Transport, postal and warehousing
Cootamundra Hospital is a 30 bed D1a peer grouped Community Hospital providing emergency, medical, surgical and maternity. Community health services are co-located with the GP practice in a HealthOne service on the Hospital grounds.
Cootamundra has two General Practice facilities and is supported by an ambulance service.
Cootamundra has three primary schools, two high schools and a special needs school. Cootamundra also has a Riverina Institute of TAFE campus.
Cootamundra offers young families long day care, out of school hours care, family day care and preschool services.
Cootamundra has a Woolworths and an IGA.
It also has a Country Target, Rockmans, Mitre 10 and a number of unique boutique stores.
It is located just over an hour from the major regional centre of Wagga Wagga.
There are many places of worship located in Cootamundra including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian.
Cootamundra Creative Arts and Cultural Centre
Social Media Groups
Cootamundra LAC – NSW Police Force
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council
Buy swap & sell Cootamundra
Buy, sell & swap in Cootamundra & surrounding areas
Cootamundra Community Hub
Annual Unisex Touch Football Carnival (January)
Australia Day Festivities (January)
Bradman Letter – Cootamundra vs Bowral Cricket Match (January)
Cootamundra Beach Volleyball Carnival (February)
Cootamundra Boots n All B&S Ball (Easter)
Cootamundra Picnic Races (April)
Hay Carters Cycle Race (May)
Cootamundra Dog Show (May)
Wattle Time Festival (August)
Cootamundra Annual Cycle Classic (August)
Business Awards (August)
Father’s Day Swap Meet (September)
Cootamundra Show (October)
Lions Christmas Carnival (November)
Christmas Festivities (December)
Cootamundra Annual Events
Points of Interest
Cootamundra provides an extensive range of community programs, sports clubs, arts and culture clubs, drama and dance groups for residents.
Cootamundra is the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman AC, an Australian cricketer universally regarded as the greatest batsman of all time. The town features the Sir Donald Bradman Birthplace Museum, a fully restored visitors’ site, the home where “The Don” was born, featuring cricketing memorabilia and artifacts.
Cootamundra is the home of the Cootamundra wattle. Every year there is a large ‘Wattle Time’ Festival held at the time the wattle starts to bloom, with an art show and festivities.
Established in 1896, Cootamundra Cycling Club is probably the oldest continual club in NSW, although as was the case with most clubs it went into recess during the war years. In 1955, Cootamundra held the first Cootamundra Annual Classic cycling handicap race which is one of the oldest open races in NSW.
Since 2000, Cootamundra has hosted the annual beach volleyball competition in February. Truckloads of sand are trucked into Murray Street to create Coota Beach (a play on words for Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia).