About 21km north-west of Cootamundra in south-western NSW, Stockinbingal is at the centre of an intensive wheat-growing area and towering silos are a feature of the little town.
But it’s wattle - to be precise, the lovely Cootamundra wattle - that provides the colour around here, especially when it blossoms during July and August in Wattle Valley, part of the Jindalee State Forest where huge ironbark trees are another attraction.
Stockinbingal lies 35km east of the goldrush town of Temora, where more than five tonnes of alluvial gold were taken between the early 1880s and 1920, and 21km north west of the traditional home of the regional wattle.
At Cootamundra you’ll find the cottage, at 89 Adams Street, where the famous Australian cricketer Donald Bradman was born. Now a museum, the cottage is open seven days a week, except Christmas Day and Good Friday, between 9am and 5pm. At the time of Bradman’s birth, the cottage was the local midwife’s hospital where expectant mothers would stay during their confinement.
Bradman’s mother is believed to have journeyed to the hospital by horse and sulky from Yeo Yeo (between Cootamundra and Stockinbingal) where the family lived for the first few years of Sir Donald’s life before moving to Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands.