Famed for its platypus sightings, Bombala is a charming riverside town on the southern Monaro Plains. It lies between the rugged landscapes of the Snowy Mountains and the idyllic Sapphire Coast, with grand colonial homesteads and a historic railway station.
Things to do
Want to see a platypus in the wild? The Bombala Platypus Reserve is famed for its sightings of these elusive creatures, with a raised viewing platform to help you spot them. Early morning and late afternoon usually offer the best sightings, while interpretive panels teach you about these unique creatures.
Experience life on a late-19th-century grazier homestead at Burnima, a Victorian Gothic-style building that has retained its period charm. Admire the formal sitting room, drawing room and servants quarters, then wander the landscaped gardens planted with trees from around the world.
Stop in at the former convent of the sisters of St. Joseph, which has been transformed into Lavender House. In addition to learning about lavender oil distillation and the history of Bombala, you can also pick up a whole range of locally-made lavender products.
The Bombala Historic Railway Park is home to a pre-cast concrete building and tin goods shed that were constructed when the railway first opened in 1921. Explore the small on-site museum and witness the heritage engines and farming equipment that have been lovingly restored by local volunteers.
Bombala is under five hours’ drive from Sydney and around 2.5 hours from Canberra, with Cooma’s Snowy Mountains Airport one hour away. The town is easy to explore on foot, while a vehicle is necessary for visiting the homestead at Burnima.