Coonabarabran is a place of many contrasts where the landscape and villages create a patchwork across the countryside, reflecting the varied lifestyles and influences. Coonabarabran, centrally located on the Newell Highway, is the main town in the region and is a perfect starting point to discover the charming townships of Coolah, Dunedoo, Baradine, Mendooran and Binnaway.
Coonabarabran is the Astronomy Capital of Australia. Explore the universe at Siding Spring Observatory by day and complete your astronomy experience with night sky viewing at Warrumbungle Observatory. Take time to discover the local mineral and fossil display at Crystal Kingdom and see the Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition at the Visitor Information Centre.
While in the Centre, ask staff for directions to Sandstone Caves...it's a secret worth visiting. The diversity of Australia's landscape is illustrated throughout the region. The Warrumbungle, Pilliga and Coolah Tops National Parks each offer unique experiences; easy walks, fabulous views, natural and cultural perspectives.
Pandora Gallery in Coolah has ever-changing displays of artworks and local history, while Pilliga Pottery showcases European influences blending with the environment. Whether your interest is the great outdoors, or browsing galleries and gift shops, Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle Region provide a taste of stylish country living.
Spend time at local wineries and restaurants, then snuggle down at night in a comfy B&B, a four star motel, or a tent with a million star accommodation rating.
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Driving to Coonabarabran
There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Coonabarabran. The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your outback experience.
Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway: Distance = 692km approx
Western Freeway <> Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 455km approx
Hume Highway <> Newell Highway: Distance = 990km aprox
Sturt Highway <> Newell Highway: Distance = 1,324km approx