Below please find some practical advice for planning your visit -
The Cobar Sound Chapel is located about 1.5km west of the town of Cobar in Central Western New South Wales, Australia (see Google Maps below).
It is at a driving distance of about710 km from Sydney, and about 820 km from Melbourne. This can be done either in a solid one-day drive, or else the trip can be broken up into a very pleasant two days. If you are driving from Sydney, there are a number of interesting towns along the way, such as Mudgee, Orange or Dubbo, lending themselves well for an overnight stay. Coming from Melbourne, Griffith NSW is about halfway and is a great option for an overnight stay as well.
Alternatively, there are also direct Sydney-Cobar flights with FlyPelican Airlines several times a week.
Cobar itself has a number of good accommodation options (although a bit scarce at certain times of the year, so do not book too late). It also boasts great pub dinners and the odd excellent cafe.
Please note -
- There are no toiletfacilities at the Chapel, so use facilities in town before heading up.
- There is no drinkable water on site.
- The car park area is clearly signposted and is located about 30 metres east of the Chapel. Kindly do not park right in front of the Chapel.
- Disabled patrons should feel free to ignore the above parking instructions, and can drive or be driven right up to the flat concrete ramp outside the Chapel gates.
- Brownsnakes (highly poisonous!) are rare, but can be present in the general area. Keep your eyes open at all times. Brown snakes will not attack people unprovoked, just do not step on them or frighten them.
- Access to the Cobar Sound Chapel is free of charge. The Chapel is locked by two gates which allow the casual visitor without a key to peep into its interior and hear some of the sound emanating from the artwork. To gain access to the inside, visitors need to pick up akey from the Great Cobar Museum located about 2 km from the Chapel at the Eastern end of Marshall Street in the centre of Cobar. If you are coming from far away, we recommend you might want to contact the Museum ahead of time to reserve the key for your chosen day and time, in order to make sure you don't miss out - phone 02 6836 5806 or email email@example.com. Visitors will be required to leave proof of ID as well as a AUD $300 cash bond, which will be fully refunded to you upon returning the key. Please note you must return the keyyourself. Do not hand the key to third parties, or you will not get your bond back. The opening hours of the Museum are Mon-Fri, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Sat-Sun, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm