Cobar or Bourke?

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G'day, never been up this way before, looking to stay over night in a motel etc in either Cobar or Bourke. Which would be the better place to stay and any recommendations? Thanks in advance, John
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:31

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:31
John, I've not stayed at Cobar. When I last stayed at Bourke a couple of years ago there were significant security concerns. I wouldn't go out of my way to stay there again.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:45

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:45
Hullo John
If you decide on Cobar, book early as I understand the mines have bought 2 of the motels for their employees and there is only one other. Many people are having to commute from Nyngan.
With respect to Bourke, we had no problems in the town during the day there last August and stayed for 2 nights out at the Kidman CP. If you have concerns, you might try a cabin at the Kidman CP at North Bourke. The The Back o Bourke Exhibition Centre is, imho, outstanding.
If late in the day travelling north on the Kidman Way to Bourke, watch out for animals - roos, sheep and goats, although the latter seems to be pretty road savvy.
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Follow Up By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:58

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:58
Hi John

Another vote for Kidman Camp at North Bourke. Well away from any "concerns" and a very nice CP and cabins.
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Reply By: Julie vP - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:11

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:11
Bourke Mitchel caravan park (on brewarrina rd) or if you don't have dogs with you, the Kidman caravan pk in north Bourke, are both excellent. Fab managers at mitchel cp. Beware the sand flies thru out inland NSW wherever there's water... So much to see & do in & around Bourke. Get the blue mud map for details. Happy travel.s Julie
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Follow Up By: Julie vP - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:29

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:29
Ps John: local Bourke people are welcoming, incredibly generous & keen to share - we ended up staying 5 days! Repeat, in our view, those sand flies are only the hazard to watch out for :) Julie
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 13:03

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 13:03
We stayed for an overnight in a fairly basic cabin at the Cobar CP a few years ago - we were only wanting somewhere to roll out the swag and cook our tea. As a town, Bourke has more interest and appeal to us.

With normal 'lock and leave' I don't think you would have security issues at a motel in Bourke.

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Reply By: Honky - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 13:32

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 13:32
Recently Bourke was deemed the most dangerous place in Australia so if you are going there be cautious.
Still I have stayed there many times and love staying at Kidman camp. There is also a Motel at the bridge that I have not stayed at but people say it is very nice. Tudor style and looks good from the outside.
If you want to stay in town the Riverside is well worth it specially if you ask for the " theme" rooms. Has security fencing around the motel.
Nice breakfast and meals at the "diggers" up the road.

Cobar has nowhere near the issues and as said, book early.
If at Cobar look at the open cut mine near the water treatment plant which I think is Fort Bourke hill??

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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 14:05

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 14:05
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/bourke-tops-list-more-dangerous-than-any-country-in-the-world-20130201-2dq3y.html
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Reply By: Member - neville G (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 13:37

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 13:37
John,
Pat and I have stayed in both places, Kidman camp is a good caravan park and they have cabins, a few klms. north. If you are looking for a motel the Major Mitchel is quite acceptable and it used to have a resturant attatched. The visitor centre is worth a visit and the people are quite friendly. Fred Hallows is resting in the cemetary if you are interested in that sort of thing an there is an interesting steam engine down at the port.
Cheers, Neville G.
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Follow Up By: Honky - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 14:47

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 14:47
The Major Mitchel restaurant is still closed but does open for private functions from what I understand.

Places for a feed is the bakery, Diggers and the bowling club ( Chinese ).
For a good beer garden meal you cannot go past the Port o Bourke - great steaks flamegrilled

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 14:50

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 14:50
Nev, Fred may well have been "hallowed" in the eyes of the Bourke district community due to his opthalmologic work amongst the indigenous population since the 1970's. But it was actually "Hollows".
It was Fred's wishes to be buried in Bourke.
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Reply By: mchapo - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 15:26

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 15:26
Try the Mulga Creek hotel at Byrock about 70k south of Bourke, great place and good rooms.
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Follow Up By: Fiona & Paul - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 23:15

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 23:15
We will second the Mulga Creek Hotel and we park our van down behind the pub, power and hot showers. The pub has been very friendly each time we have visted and/or stayed.

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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 17:29

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 17:29
In Cobar we stay at the Cobar Motor Inn
In Bourke we stay at the Bourke Bridge Inn in North Bourke. NOT in Bourke itself.

Never camped at either spot as both places have been transit stops to or from the tropins or northern Australia

Phil

Bourke Bridge Inn: http://www.bourkebridgeinn.com.au/

Cobar Motor Inn: http://www.cobarmotorinn.com/Cobar/index.html

PS For some reason the Insert Link function did not work so just copy and paste the URLs into your browser and check them out. My wife is quite a fan of the luxurious decor at the Bridge Inn

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Reply By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:33

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:33
Hi John,

Try Jude at the Town and country(Cobar motor inn), Its nice and clean and the people are friendly Tell em I sent you

You could also try the central motor inn in Cobar.

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: Tony V - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 19:17

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 19:17
There are 8 motel/hotels in Cobar plus the caravan park. I have stayed in 4 places there all ok, Crossroads my personal favourite.

Cobar Motels on Google maps

Bourke has a few nice places, see those listed in post above.
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Reply By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 19:44

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 19:44
Hi John here is an article on Bourke.Copy,paste and press enter.http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/bourke-tops-list-more-dangerous-than-any-country-in-the-world-20130201-2dq3y.html .John i have herd some terrible stories about what has happened when the locals are pissed.If you are traveling with your family i would not stay there unless your in a safe place.Im told it is okay until the lazy,useless,non working,bludgers wake up and want more grog.Good luck and be careful.Bye Stuart and Gunny
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 19:59

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 19:59
the site is.http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/bourke-tops-list-more-dangerous-than-any-country-in-the-world-20130201-2dq3y.html
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 06:07

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 06:07
Thank you all for the replies. I am sure I will enjoy Bourke. Safe travels. John
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Reply By: Member - Rod C4 - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 20:19

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 20:19
Try the Riverside Motel in Bourke, a magic trip down memory lane, beautifully kept, magnificent rose gardens, old style, easy walk to the Bowling Club for a drink/meal,
Port of Bourke pub opposite good food. Well it all used to be bout 3 years ago.
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