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Cricket Lover's Guide to Cootamundra

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by Heidi Cee (subscribe)
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Published July 19th 2019
Hit a six and check out some cricket history in Cootamundra
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The Big Cricket Stumps, Cootamundra

Cootamundra is a small town nestled in the rolling hills of the south-west slopes of NSW, just a short drive from Canberra. A bustling hub during the 1860s gold rush, these days Cootamundra is a sleepy hamlet but it offers up some cracking surprises for lovers of cricket.

The Big Cricket Stumps

First up in Cootamundra's claim to cricket fame - and its very own "big thing" - the big cricket stumps. The stumps stand sentinel over Bradman Oval at the western end of town and offer the opportunity for a super-kitschy photo.

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Bradman's Birthplace Museum, Cootamundra

Bradman's Birthplace Museum

Next, head to Adams Street where you'll find the Bradman's Birthplace Museum. Set up in the humble home where Sir Donald Bradman was born, Bradman's birthplace is a quaint look back over the life of one of Australia's sporting heroes. Staffed by local volunteers who are happy to chat, show you around or even make you a cup of tea with a biscuit, the $3 entry fee assures any visitors that this place is a labour of love rather than a money-making gimmick.

The museum has two parts - the cottage where 'The Don' was born in 1908 and a memorabilia cottage next door. The first cottage is a shrine to cricket's greatest with pictures and memorabilia celebrating his career. The memorabilia cottage is jam-packed with an eclectic collection of historical bits and bobs, curios and Australiana from times gone by. Whether you're a cricket fan or not, the museum provides a perfect opportunity to chat with the generous volunteers, take some time out and enjoy soaking up a bit of history.

The Captain's Walk

Last on Cootaumundra's cricket tour is the Captains Walk. Located in Jubilee Park, the Captain's Walk is a path lined with bronze busts of Australia's test cricket captains. At last count, there were 42 on display. Some are brilliant, some verge more to the creepy end of the spectrum, but all are worth a look if you're a fan of cricket or, for that matter, a fan of sculpture and public art.

If you'd like to check out Cootamundra's cricket heritage, the drive takes around an hour and 45 minutes from Canberra. A Cootamundra day trip is a great opportunity to get out and explore a unique little corner of the Canberra region next time you have a weekend free.

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Why? To experience some cricket history in the country
When: 7 days per week. Museum hours 9am - 5pm and closed Good Friday, Chirstmas and New Years Day
Phone: 02 6940 2160
Where: Various locations in Cootamundra, NSW
Cost: Museum entry is $3
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Sounds like a great place to visit. Would love to go to the old cottage where Donald Bradman was born. Thanks for yor article.
by Di Hill (score: 2|549) 586 days ago
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