""ASTRONOMY CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA'" Coonabarabran by balhannah
Coonabarabran Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 132 photos
Coonabarabran....is a small rural town of 3000 people, located in North Western New South Wales.
Located in the Warrumbungle Shire, with only an overall population of 11,000 people, this area has three great National Parks ..........
On our 11,500km journey, we passed through Coonabarabran, as we had been here many times before. Do check out THE WARRUMBUNGLES.... which are just a short drive away.
Coonabarabran is the closest gateway to the majestic Warrumbungle Ranges, which is one of the best places in NSW to experience nature.
Enjoy bushwalking amongst the spectacular scenery and ancient volcanic
remnants of Warrumbungle National Park, encounter wildlife up close and
by night, there is plenty of it here, I loved this area.
The skies are clear, this may be an indication why Coonabarabran is
known as the 'Astronomy Capital of Australia.
We are moving onto GILGANDRA where we will stay the night.
The Pilliga State Forest is regarded as a birdwatcher's paradise with about
240 bird species already recorded.
A brochure, which includes a list of the birds and information about the bird
routes, is available from the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre and
Baradine Forestry Office.
Detailed maps of the Pilliga are also sold here.
There are 8 self drives routes which vary in length from 52 km to 80 km.
Nestled on the edge of the Pilliga Forest, Pilliga Pottery is the only pottery in Australia to use a specialized technique of applying bright glazes and engravings to terracotta.
This produces a stunning lead light effect, which brings their unique designs to life
COONABARABRAN also has many interesting and historical buildings dating back to the mid 1800's.
You can pick up a walking tour brochure from the Information centre in Town.
- Pros:Natural beauty
- Cons:Not many shops open on weekends if looking for somewhere to eat
- In a nutshell:Good base to visit quite a few National Parks
Yes, a tip about Cartons of Milk, but not actually filled with Milk! Located in the Siding spring observatory museum,... more travel advice
The observatory is used by Professional Astronomers to study the southern skies. It is AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST OPTICAL... more travel advice
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