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.

Cowabbie Post Office opened on 1 May 1881 and was renamed Ganmain on 1 July and Coolamon on 1 November of that year.

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.

The Coolamon Hotel is an early 1900’s classic. This is a rebuild of an earlier pub that burnt down. The Royal Tavern was once a two story traditional hotel.

The Museum in Coolamon is unique, and a work in progress. The Museum is a must visit for visitors.

The Coolamon War Memorial is in the centre of the town. There is also a Rotary Peace Park.

The Catholic and Anglican Churches are over 100 years old. The Catholic is especially nice.The United is modern, but replaced a quite nice old church

Coolamon is somewhat isolated, but given the distances are not great a visit is highly recommended.

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