Top 5 things to do while in Coonabarabran

  1. The Warrumbungle National Park - The name 'Warrumbungle' comes from the Kamilaroi language, and is believed to mean 'crooked mountains'. This heritage listed national park is located in the Orana region of New South Wales, approximately 550 km northwest of Sydney. The iconic Warrumbungles is a mountain range that has been created over millions of years, from an extinct shield volcano. It is Australia's only 'Dark Sky Park', making it the perfect spot for stargazing, amateur astronomy and camping under the starriest skies. The rock formation called the Breadknife is easily the most recognisable feature of the park. It towers 90m above the valley floor and is a symbol of the park’s enduring importance and resilience. The Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk is recognised as one of the best walks in NSW, with close up views of the park's iconic rock formations.
  2. Siding Spring Observatory is located on the edge of the Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran, NSW. It is Australia's premier optical and infrared astronomical observatory. Research carried out at SSO is varied, from probing the depths of the cosmos in search of "Dark Energy" to searching the Milky Way for other planets and signs of life. Nearly every night there's something new being done, and new discoveries being made. Since opening in 1964, The Australian National University has operated the observatory site hosting research telescopes from the ANU's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  3. Sandstone Caves, Pilliga Nature Reserve - Walk in the footsteps of the Gamilaroi people along the short Sandstone Caves walking track in Pilliga Nature Reserve. You’ll pass through the scenic forest to the impressive sandstone hills, with some containing ancient Aboriginal rock engravings. Take some time to read over the interpretive signage for more of an insight into this special place.
  4. Crystal Kingdom Minerals and Fossils from the Warrumbungle Range Coonabarabran, NSW. This is the best display of crystals, jewellery, mineral and fossil specimens. Included in the range at Crystal Kingdom are quality gemstones like Opal, Sapphire, Amber, Topaz, Garnet, Amethyst and many others. If you are into Crystal healing, they great range of stones for you to choose from. The fossils and mineral specimens on display at the museum are from all over the world, including some local quality crystals and fossils.
  5. Warrumbungle Observatory - View Coonabarabran's pristine night sky through our range of up to 5 telescopes. Start off with our astronomy presentation, followed by pointing out the stars, planets, and constellations. View the planets, stars, comets, nebulae, and galaxies. Have a photo taken of a colourful nebula with your Canon or Nikon DSLR camera body (no lens). The Night Show lasts for 75 minutes + 15 mins dedicated after to take a photo with your Canon or Nikon DSLR. Weather permitting and bookings essential.