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.

Brackens Cottage, Coolah Tops National Park

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.


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  1. Veterans Touch Footy Carnival

    Saturday 03 November 2018 to Sunday 04 November 2018 , Coolah

    Do you love to play touch football and are you aged over 30 years? Well, head to Coolah and have a great weekend at the Annual Coolah Veteran's Touch Footy Carnival. After a great day of competition, join the party atmosphere on Saturday…

    03 Nov - 04 Nov
  2. Tunes On The Turf Music Festival

    Saturday 10 November 2018 , Dunedoo

    Tunes On The Turf is a music festival “booked in” for the second weekend in November every year at the Dunedoo Sports Club. The festival will go ahead regardless of the weather. 12 hours of non-stop music featuring artists from around NS…

    10 Nov
  3. Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival

    Thursday 28 February 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Dunedoo

    This weekend of Bush Poetry has something for everyone - kids and adults alike. Commencing with the allocation of Poets Brawl titles and plenty of time to work out your piece, registration and Meet and Greet on Thursday at the Dunedoo Jubil…

    28 Feb - 03 Mar