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.
**To keep visitors safe ALL camping in NSW national parks now requires a booking. For day visitors, please plan ahead and visit outside of peak periods (11am and 2pm). Check park alerts and visit COVID-19 updates for more information before visiting any park – www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au **