Coonabarabran, Baradine, Warrumbungle National Park Drive

Looking for a country drive that takes in spectacular landscapes, historic towns, birdwatching, walking and more? Look no further than Coonabarabran-Baradine-Warrumbungle National Park drive, a 130 kilometre trip where you can choose your own pace.

Setting out from Coonabarabran, known as the ‘Astronomy Capital of Australia’ and also as ‘Coona’ the first stop is Baradine. Here, a visit to the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre is a must, then find out more about the Aboriginal history of the area at the Baradine Local Land Council Building. There are lots of Aboriginal artefacts, like emu callers, rain sticks, clapsticks, and didgeridoos to name a few. A meal at the historic Tattersalls Hotel might be on the cards, and afterwards you could take a detour to the award winning Sculptures in the Scrub walking track in the Pilliga Forest.

Last stop on the driving tour is Warrumbungle National Park, where your adventure has really just begun. Make sure you check out the Siding Spring Observatory.

Nearby events

  1. Tour de Warrumbungles Weekend of Cycling

    Saturday 25 August 2018 , Coonabarabran

    *** Postponed 2017- Future dates to be confirmed at a later date *** Join the locals for a full weekend of cycling, fun and friendship. Start on Saturday with a 30 kilometre coffee ride and then the fast and furious time trial at 2pm that…

    25 Aug
  2. Riding the Lightwave of Technology

    Wednesday 26 September 2018 to Friday 28 September 2018 , Coonabarabran

    Riding the Lightwave of Technology brings scientists, researchers, community stakeholders, policymakers and industry leaders together to discuss the many aspects and impacts of light pollution and artificial light. During this three day co…

    26 Sep - 28 Sep
  3. Science in the Pub

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , Coonabarabran

    Join Professor Fred Watson and a line up of stellar guest panelists for a fun filled evening discussing the mysteries of the Universe including the much anticipated Astro Song live on stage!…

    28 Sep