Warrumbungle Area


National parks around Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran is the closest town to the craggy peaks and spires of the Warrumbungle Ranges. Warrumbungle National Park is popular for bushwalking, camping and encountering wildlife.

  • Coolah Tops National Park
  • Norfolk Falls

About Warrumbungle Area

The ancient trachyte spires of Warrumbungle National Park are testaments to the violent volcanic activity that occurred in the area – and created sensational bushwalks. This is one of the few places where you can find rainforest in such arid surroundings. This area of Country NSW is also a popular destination for adventure activities and tours.

Coolah Tops National Park is home to Australia's largest gliding possum – the greater glider – 300-year-old grass trees and the largest snow gums ever recorded in Australia. Coolah also has some outstanding picnic areas, such as Cunningham's Campsite and Pandora's Pass and Black Stump Rest Area.

To the east, Coonabarabran, with its dark and clear starry skies, is known as the astronomy capital of Australia. The country's largest observatory, Siding Spring, is located nearby. Make a detour to a classic country pub in Coonamble or Dunedoo. Accommodation in the area is plentiful, and as varied as the landscape.


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Local areas

  • Coolah Coolah is home to the ‘black stump' and Coolah Tops National Park, with its waterfalls, eucalypts and scenic
  • Coonabarabran Home to Warrumbungle National Park and the Siding Spring Observatory, this is Australia’s stargazing capital.
  • Coonamble Coonamble is a delightful country town, the gateway to the wetlands of the Macquarie Marshes and the rugged
  • Dunedoo Dunedoo is a pretty town near the Talbragar River, a perfect stopover en route to Dubbo, Mudgee or the Warru