While you are visiting Coonabarabran and the warrumbungle Shire take some time to explore our area.
Coonabarabran is a small rural community of about 3,000 people and the major centre for the Warrumbungle Shire which has a population of about 10,000. Our shire takes in the townships of Baradine, Binnaway, Coolah, Dunedoo and Mendooran – great Aussie town names and each with their own special features and personalities. The Shire is unique in that it features three very special nation parks – The Warrumbungles, The Pilliga and Coolah Tops. Coonabarabran is also the Astronomy Capital of Australia; check out the links below and you will see why!
Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre
The Visitors Centre provides information about accommodation, attractions and events to assist you with your travel plans. Gifts, souvenirs and cool drinks available. Clean public toilet near by.
Warrumbungle National Park
Located 36kms west of Coonabarabran. The park has a 42km network of walking tracks to suit all interests and abilities; easy walks to lookouts provide panoramic views of The Breadknife and Grand High Tops.
Located directly opposite John Oxley Caravan Park, Crystal Kingdom is a must see. The exhibit contains some of the world’s rarest and most colourful zeolite crystals and fossils.
Nestled on the edge of the Pilliga Forest, a visit to Pilliga Pottery is a unique experience. The hand thrown pots feature a specialised technique of glazing that refelcts images of the lanscape and nature.
Sculptures in the Scrub
This walking track features sculpture that are the result of an artist collaborating with local Aboriginal Elders and young people on a piece that tells a story of local Aboriginal History and culture.
Walk in the footsteps of the Gamilaroi people along the short Sandstone Caves walking track in Pilliga Nature Reserve. Book a guided tour with an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger for the best experience!
Siding Spring Observatory Exploratory Centre
A visit to Siding Springs will provide an opportunity for visitors to understand the universe at a deeper level. Take a look through the exploratory centre and the visitors’ gallery of the ANU Anglo-Australian telescope. Spend time in the gift shop and find a souvenir. There is also a cafeteria on site for a great coffee or light lunch.
This is your opportunity to explore the night skies and learn about astronomy at a private observatory. See live video of the planets, take astrophotographs and view celestial objects through up to 6 powerful telescopes with Peter Starr.
See planets, galaxies, nebulas and star clusters amongst other amazing night sky wonders. There are only 2 rules – have fun and ask questions! Milroy Observatory is family friendly and work to enure everyone has a good time.
Office Hours 09:00 – 18:00
Get In Touch
- (02) 6842 1635
15 Chappell Avenue
Coonabarabran NSW 2357