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 amid breathtaking scenery.
Known as the astronomy capital of Australia, Coonabarabran is nestled in the foothills of the Warrumbungles, one of the State's most accessible national parks. It has excellent camping facilities and bushwalking treks in the midst of ancient volcanic remnants.
With crystal-clear skies, this part of Country NSW is perfect for stargazing. In Coonabarabran, you'll find Australia's largest optical astronomy research facility, Siding Spring Observatory. You can visit the Discovery Centre at the observatory during the daytime only.
Admire the bulldozer-like teeth of a diprotodon, the largest marsupial ever identified, at the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre.
There is a glut of options when it comes to nature in the Warrumbungle area, especially if you're looking for adventure. Nearby towns, such as Coolah and Coonamble, contain more heritage locations for history buffs, and Dunedoo makes for a lovely stopover with quaint shopping opportunities.
Accommodation is spread out over the area and caters for everyone from campers to bed-and-breakfasters to those looking for a farm stay.
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Siding Springs Observatory near Coonabarabran
The Breadknife formation at Warrumbungle National Park. Image Susan Wright
Kangaroos at Warrumbungle National Park. Image Hamilton Lund