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Coonabarabran Welcome Sign. Photo by Nickija
Coonabarabran Welcome Sign. Photo by Nickija
AAT at SS Observatory, Photo David Malin.
AAT at SS Observatory, Photo David Malin.
Open Telescope Equipment SSO. David Kirkland
Open Telescope Equipment SSO. David Kirkland
Sculptures in the Scrub. Anna Tenne Photography
Sculptures in the Scrub. Anna Tenne Photography
Warrumbungle National Park. Susan Wright
Warrumbungle National Park. Susan Wright
Mountains. Tourism NSW, Photo Mike Newling
Mountains. Tourism NSW, Photo Mike Newling
Tour inside Crystal Kingdom, Coonabarabran
Tour inside Crystal Kingdom, Coonabarabran
Coonabarabran Hotel at Night. Andrew Royle
Coonabarabran Hotel at Night. Andrew Royle

Coonabarabran Information

Coonabarabran in New South Wales is a popular town for those intending to visit the Warrumbungle National Park. The name Coonabarabran comes from the Gamilraay language and is often debated; the popular translation is “Inquisitive person”. What better name for a place that offers so many experiences. For Australians this is the town of cheese, fish and breakfast cereal.

Coonabarabran is the Astronomy Capital of Australia and the home of Australia’s largest optical astronomy research centre, Siding Spring Observatory. Visitors can take a look through the Exploratory Centre and the Visitors Gallery of the Australian Astronomical Observatory telescope (the AAT) by the day, and at night visit one of three private observatories, including the Warrumbungle Observatory for the southern skies.

An excellent and interesting museum to see is the Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition co located in the towns Visitor Information Centre with the Gamilaroi Keeping Place and Warrumbungle ArtSPace. The exhibition contains the skeleton and skull of the largest marsupial ever found. The remains are believed to be some 30,000 years old. Aboriginal artefacts on display show the connection to country of the traditional owners.

Crystal Kingdom Mineral and Fossils Museum, also located in the town is a fine collection of some of the world’s rarest zeolite crystals and is great for anyone interested in geology.

Nature lovers will enjoy Warrumbungle National Park and The Pilliga, and to the south east Coolah Tops National Park. Each of the 3 national parks has plenty of great bushwalking trails and fantastic lookouts for spectacular views. The Warrmbungle National park also features the volcanic rock formation, The Breadknife and the Grand High Tops. Your exploration of the Pilliga, a vast diverse forest landscape should commence in Baradine with a visit to the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre and the Sculptures in the Scrub. When planning to visit Coolah Tops National Park, be sure to call into Pandora Gallery in Coolah for a map and information on other attractions in the area, you might also find an interesting exhibition in place featuring the artistic skills of those who live in the area

For more information on Coonabarabran you may also want to see the Warrumbungle Tourism website.

Early evening at John Street roundabout, Coonabarabran. Anna Tenne Photography
Early evening at John Street roundabout, Coonabarabran. Anna Tenne Photography
Warrumbungle National Park Mountain view from Trig Sunset. Photo David Kirkland
Warrumbungle National Park Mountain view from Trig Sunset. Photo David Kirkland