A picture of natural beauty and rustic charm, Coonabarabran is an unassuming country town with a magnitude of hidden treasures. It’s a place of crystal-clear skies, vibrant seasonal colour and palpable heritage, and offers the ideal environment for city-weary travellers to relax and get back to nature. Located two hours from the regional centres of Dubbo and Tamworth, the town is right on the doorstep of the rugged Warrumbungle Ranges and the incredible Warrumbungle National Park, so fresh air, scenic vistas and native wildlife are in no short supply.
Coonabarabran’s fascinating history extends back to prehistoric times, when the region was home to two formidable volcanos. As such, the town boasts a wealth of unique fossils, local minerals, and the world’s finest collection of zeolite crystals, with visitors even afforded the opportunity to purchase quality gemstone jewellery. Signs of more recent history are also evident, with a blend of colonial, federation and art deco architecture visible throughout the town. But today science and technology are the focus, with Coonabarabran hosting Australia’s largest optical research facility and night sky viewing...no wonder the town has become known as the Astronomy Capital of Australia.
There is a surprisingly diverse range of accommodation options on hand, from motels and camping grounds to cottages and farmstays. You will also be spoilt for choice with the selection of quality local restaurants and coffee shops, all offering something unique and of the highest quality.
The possibilities are endless in Coonabarabran, and this charming country town guarantees a little something for everybody.