The gateway to the beautiful Coolah Tops National Park, Coolah is a small town in a picturesque rural valley in the Warrumbungle region. About five hours’ drive northwest of Sydney, this charming town traces its colonial heritage to the ‘black stump’, a reference to the limits of colonial settlement.
A black stump was used as a boundary measure in colonial times. The Australian colloquial saying ‘beyond the black stump’ - beyond civilisation or deep in the outback - is closely associated with Coolah. At the Black Stump Rest Area, where the colonial boundary is marked, there are picnic tables and an electric barbecue. Stop for a picnic at this historic location just outside town.
You’ll find plenty of country hospitality and convenient accommodation in Coolah, including two classic counrty pubs – the Black Stump Inn and the Coolah Valley Hotel. Enjoy browsing in Coolah Crafts for gifts and visit Pandora Gallery, which displays the works of artists in the region.
On the banks of the Coolaburragundy River, Coolah is great base for exploring the splendid attractions nearby. Follow the trail of colonial explorer and botanist Allan Cunningham and stop at Cunningham’s campsite, next to Coolah Creek, before discovering Pandoras Pass.
At the junction of the magnificent Warrumbungle and Liverpool ranges is Coolah Tops National Park, where there are trails for bushwalking and mountain biking, campsites, enchanting waterfalls and spectacular lookouts. Among the diverse wildlife are wallabies, gliders, kangaroos and eagles.