Starry-eyed travellers will find outdoor adventure and more at The Warrumbungles.
Warrumbungle National Park is regarded as one of the best places to observe the night sky in Australia. It’s an official ‘dark sky park’ where light pollution is kept to an absolute minimum, which makes for some truly stunning stargazing.
2. Visit Siding Springs Observatory
Located 1165m above sea level on Siding Spring Mountain, Siding Spring Observatory is a world-class astronomy facility home to more than $100 million worth of research equipment and 52 telescopes.
Visitors can explore the interpretive centre and take guided tours of the facility. The 360-degree views from here are reason enough to call in.
Warrumbungle National Park has excellent facilities that make for fuss-free family camping trips. There are a number of campgrounds to choose from, some with sprawling grassy sites and hot showers, others nestled in the bush requiring greater self-sufficiency.
The one thing they all have in common? Stunning views of the dramatic peaks and rock structures of this volcanic range and, of course, front row seats to that breathtaking night sky.
The Warrumbungle Range is an ancient volcanic mountain range, which explains why it seams to rise like an island from the surrounding plains.
Its dramatic peaks have crumbled over millennia, forming strangely beautiful rock structures. The unique and densely forested landscape makes for some wonderful bushwalks, with a number of treks available to suit all ages and skill levels.
5. Crooked Mountain Concert
While the Warrumbungles make a great year-round destination, the best time to visit is in November during the Crooked Mountain Concert. A fantastic, family-friendly outdoor concert, the Crooked Mountain Concert is thrown each year by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Revellers picnic, play and dance under a billion stars, the towering peaks of the Warrumbungles watching over them.