Coolamon is another of those diversion towns in mid/southern NSW. Coolamon is not the sort of town you will encounter. The traveller will have to go to Coolamon, but is worth the effort. Coolamon, for its isolation has won numerous ‘tidy town’ nominations and awards. It is easy to see why. This is one of the most attractive, tidy and clean small towns in Australia.
The name of Coolamon comes from the Aboriginal word for a basin-shaped wood dish made and used by Aborigines. In the area around the town are thousands of naturally occurring indentations in the ground called Coolamon Holes which fill with water.
A property "Coleman" was first settled there by a Mr J. Atkinson in 1848. The town was surveyed prior to the coming of the railway and the railway station opened in 1881.
Firstly called Cowabbie Road, the station name was very shortly after changed to Coleman and finally the name Coolamon was settled on in 1895. The coming of the railway allowed greater ease in transporting the area's products to distant markets.
The town's broad main street, which has been restored, retains much of its old world charm with its wrought-iron verandahs and awnings. Various bric-a-brac and antique shops and a modern bakery decorated in a country style invite passing tourists to explore the town.
Coolamon is somewhat isolated, but given the distances are not great a visit is highly recommended.