Welcome to Open for Business.
Each week, news.com.au in partnership with Tourism Australia and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency will shine a spotlight on an Aussie region devastated by the 2020 bushfires. The video series will provide ideas on ways to help, where to visit and cafes not to miss on your next holiday at home.
The township of Cobargo on the Sapphire Coast of NSW has, like many other bushfire-impacted communities around the country, been hit with a double whammy of fires and a global health pandemic.
The recovery from the inferno that destroyed 367 homes and left a further 98 damaged has been slow and painful, but the community has risen from the ashes during a time that would’ve brought many others to their knees.
With a population of just under 800, the sleepy countryside town of Cobargo is definitely worth the 5½ hour drive from Sydney (and three from Canberra) for a road trip to remember.
With beautiful rolling hills, the charming heritage village and a ripper bakery, it’s the friendly locals that will help you feel right at home.
The road to rebuild this tiny community has been a long one, but brick by brick, they are open for business and ready for visitors to return.
So if you are wanting to try somewhere new – or perhaps you haven’t visited in a while – here’s exactly what you should see and where you should go next time you’re in Cobargo.
Check out the popular Lazy Lizard Gallery where you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee and browse a range of quality quirky pieces, including artworks, sculptures, watercolours, photographs, jewellery, wood-fired ceramics and woodwork.
If vintage clothing peaks your interest, you’ll also want to make sure you visit Little Birdie Vintage, which specialises in vintage clothing from the ’40s through to the ’80s and provides a range of collectable mid-century homewares and salvaged cane and timber furniture.
For a not-to-be missed bite to eat, make a stop in to Via Luna – a tiny mobile kitchen and shopfront custom-built by Tiny Homes Tilba. The owners, originally from Amsterdam, dish up hearty homemade meals using local produce where available.
While a lot of their food has a European flare – they also serve one of the best cups of coffee in town (or a hot chocolate if you’re off the caffeine).
If you’re just after a quick bite, Working Dog Bakery is a must-visit for one of the best pies in the region – and yes, it has the perfect country crust crunch. In facr, jump on Tripadvisor and some even say “it’s the best pie” they’ve ever eaten.
For those looking to fill up their Esky, the Cobargo General Store sources fruit and vegetables from local market gardens and stock locally made cheeses, salami, honey, jams, pickles, chutneys and olive oil. The homemade ice cream here is a must!
And to wash down a long day with a cold one, Cobargo Hotel is a classic Aussie pub and a local institution. Here find a great beer garden, regular live music and it’s always chock-full of locals – so the perfect place to head if you want an insider’s guide to the town.