Rodeo thrills and adventure
A beautiful country town, Coonamble is home to Australia’s biggest rodeo and campdraft and close to beautiful wetlands, the iconic Warrumbungle National Park and Pilliga Forest. Enjoy adventure tours, riverside walks, classic country pubs and the exciting rodeo.
On the banks of the Castlereagh River, Coonamble is a charming town of art deco buildings, classic country pubs and rural hospitality. North of Dubbo in the Warrumbungle region, Coonamble is a great base for exploring the splendid wetlands, ancient volcanic formations and vast forest.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, from motels and bed and breakfasts to country pubs and a riverside caravan park. Amble along the main street and admire art deco architecture, visit the Outback Arts Gallery and enjoy a drink at the Sons of the Soil Hotel or the Commercial Hotel.
Billboards on the main street are adorned with portraits of local characters with their nicknames – this is the town’s endearing and unconventional Nickname Hall of Fame. Enjoy a stroll on the Coonamble Riverwalk and visit the Museum Under the Bridge, a former colonial police station.
Every June the Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft draws thousands of spectators to watch Australia’s biggest combined rodeo and campdraft. From bronc and bull riding to steer wrestling and calf roping, the thrills and spills are captivating. Check out the other colourful events in the area, too.
West of Coonamble is the Macquarie Marshes, one of Australia’s most significant sites for nesting waterbirds. A great way to explore the wetlands is on a guided kayaking or bushwalking tour with Marsh Meanders. East of Coonamble is the iconic Warrumbungle National Park and the enchanting Pilliga Forest, where you’ll enjoy scenic drives, bushwalking, and picnic and camping areas.