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Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran is in Central NSW and is located within two hours drive of the regional cities of Dubbo and Tamworth. It is located at the junction of the Newell and Oxley Highways, midway between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Known as the 'Astronomy Capital of Australia', Coonabarabran is the gateway to Warrumbungle National Park.

Coonabarabran has one of the darkest skies in Australia and is the home of Australia's largest optical astronomy research facility, Siding Spring Observatory. The area around Coonabarabran is ideal for stargazing with high altitude, low humidity, a non-turbulent atmosphere for viewing clarity, clean air and an average of 70 per cent clear night skies.

A dump site is available for free usage 24 hours in Coonabarabran, on Essex Street adjacent to Neilson Park at GPS Latitude 31 degrees 16'16.34 South, Longitude 149 degrees 16'47.07 East.

Coonabarabran is located in the Warrumbungle Shire region.

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Coonabarabran: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Goanna Tracks Motocross and Enduro Complex


Goanna Tracks Motocross and Enduro Complex has adrenaline pumping tracks and engines roaring. Enjoy all styles of Motocross, Supercross, Enduro, Endurocross, FMX, ATVs and Trials.

The complex caters for all riders - from junior and beginner riders through to experienced riders - from the young to the young at heart. All tracks are built to national standards.

Goanna Tracks is located between Bugaldie and Coonabarabran on Kurrajong Road.

Camping is also available, please contact direct for further information. Facilities include showers, toilets and camp kitchen. Fees apply. No pets allowed.




Kurrajong Road
Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357

Located 0.0K from Coonabarabran

Coona Astro Ventures


Coona Astro Ventures sessions is facilitated by a qualified, local, University of Southern Queensland astronomer. Shows are held in a central town location, no travel necessary. Family friendly show providing a hands-on telescope experience. Daytime solar viewing available on request. Be sure to dress in warm clothing as the nights are cold.

Bookings essential noting that all viewing is weather dependant and pricing will vary according to numbers and distance




John Street
Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357

Located 0.2K from Coonabarabran

Woodpecker Gun


The Woodpecker Gun is a War Memorial to those who served in the Second World War. The Japanese Machine Gun, which is at the front of the Memorial Swimming Pool, adjacent to the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre, was captured on August 3, 1945 during combat in New Guinea and is a free attraction to visit.

There is an information board at the gun site with details of the capture and a listing of the Coonabarabran men and women who served in World War Two and the Vietnam War.

After visiting this attraction, walk just 200 metres south to visit the Coonabarabran Visitor Centre where you can collect information on other attractions throughout the Warrumbungle Region. This is a 24 hour viewing place.




John Street,
Corner of Edward Street
Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357

Located 0.5K from Coonabarabran

Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition


The Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition is housed at the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre, on the Newell Highway, at the southern end of town.

The exhibition displays the skeleton and skull of a Diprotodon, the largest marsupial ever to have lived. It is often likened to a giant sized wombat. The remains of the Diprotodon were found in the creek bed of Cox's Creek near Tambar Springs in 1979. The exhibition also provides information on other mega fauna that were believed to have existed at around the same time.

Free guided tours of the display are available for groups with advance notice. Please call the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre for more information.

There is also an area located in the Museum which shows art work from local artists, as well as an Aboriginal Keeping Place.




Coonabarabran Visitor Centre,
Newell Highway
Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357

Located 0.6K from Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran: Events

Bunny Bazaar


Held every year on Easter Saturday, the Bunny Bazaar is a morning of fun and entertainment for the whole family. The main street is closed to traffic from 8am to 1pm and locals and visitors alike can meander the street, enjoying the many street stalls, musical entertainment and great shopping specials. There's a jumping castle for the kid's entertainment and plenty of food stalls to tempt the tastebuds.


Event Dates
2018
      31st Mar


John Street
Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357

Located 0.2K from Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran Agricultural Show


Features of this year's Coonabarabran Agricultural Show include workshops, dog shows, rodeo, an art exhibition, Wood Chop Competition, the Team Penning Competition, fireworks display, animal nursery, plus an amazing array of other exhibits.

Find the 'Coonabarabran Show' Facebook Page to see and hear about all the events and features in the lead up to the show.

Pre event membership fees also available at the Rotary Bookshop in Dalgarno Street.


Event Dates
2018
      8th Mar
      9th Mar
      10th Mar


Newell Highway,
Coonabarabran Showground
Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357

Located 0.8K from Coonabarabran

The Coonabarabran Cup Race Meeting


Award Winning Coonabarabran Jockey Club will be hosting their major race meeting for the year. Hundreds of people, both local and interstate, travel to be a part of this traditional event.

An eight race TAB race meeting with Fashions on the Field from Tiny Tots to Silver Selection, Full Bar and Champagne Marquee, TOTE, jumping castle for the kids, tea room, barbecue and much more. Welcome barbecue for all guests at Racecourse 3pm to 5pm Sunday. Calcutta at Coona Bowlo on Sunday night. Do not miss this iconic event. Come and enjoy a great days racing and catching up with family and friends at The Friendliest Race Club In The Bush!

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact them.


Event Dates
2017
      23rd Oct


Nelson Street,
Coonabarabran Race Course
Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357

Located 0.9K from Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran: Travel Tips

Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre


Call into the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre for helpful advice on local attractions, national parks, accommodation, eating out options, and events information. There are maps, guide books, souvenirs and gifts available for purchase. The Visitor Centre is located only a short walk from Coonabarabran central business district and there is plenty of parking for caravans and motorhomes.

While there, take a look at the museum which houses the Diprotodon, Art Gallery and the Aboriginal Keeping Place. Also available are talks on the Diprotodon for school groups and all other groups. Bookings essential.




Newell Highway
Coonabarabran, NSW, 2357

Located 0.6K from Coonabarabran