Bombala, the largest town in the region known as “Platypus Country,” was settled in 1850.
Bombala is ideally situated midway between the mountains and the Coast, and only an hour from Cooma or two hours from Canberra. Surrounded by the South East Forest National Park, and boasting a myriad of waterways and historical attractions, this beautiful town offers visitors an opportunity to explore, relax and enjoy typical high country hospitality.
Bombala farmers are recognised for their high quality produce which includes not only wool, prime lambs and cattle but also lavender – Bombala’s lavender is said to be on par with that produced in France. The local economy is supported by a state of the art softwood mill which processes the plantation timber growing in the region.
While in Platypus Country, Bombala visitors can enjoy the timeless grandeur of the South East Forest National Parks, try their hand at fly fishing on pristine and secluded waterways, soak up both the Indigenous history and the shared history of our vibrant rural area, visit historic homesteads, enjoy country hospitality at its best, and – of course – spot that most elusive of mammals: the platypus.
Only 85km to Cooma and 200km to Canberra, Bombala is equipped with all the facilities and services one could need to call Bombala home. There are well-priced large town blocks available – both recently built and renovation opportunities – and parcels of land suitable for sub-division are available within the town boundaries. There are both Catholic and State Primary and High Schools available for families, and a well equipped Trade Training Centre. Bombala hospital also provides NSW Community Health Services and an ambulance station, while a local doctor’s surgery and aged care facility also service the tight-knit community.