Pull on those cowboy boots, adjust that Akubra and get ready to kick up the dust on the edge of the outback when you visit Coonamble, home of the largest Rodeo and Campdraft in the Southern Hemisphere.
One of the most well-preserved towns in the Central West, Coonamble’s sedate character is quickly evolving from a wheat and wool subsistence to an authentic Aussie experience.
Catching the townships of Gulargambone and Quambone, the Coonamble umbrella shades a region with rich history and creative appeal.
Centre your stay around the Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft and kick up the dust as you watch courageous cowboys and cowgirls take on rampaging bulls and bunking broncos. Jump on a horse and carriage to see the local heritage sites or visit a shed with time-honoured artefacts dedicated to the last century of life on the land.
For the outdoor enthusiast, you’re spoilt for choice! Enjoy an easy walk along Coonamble’s Castlereagh River or the Gulargambone Creek. The Pilliga State Forest, Warrumbungle National Park and Macquarie Marshes are right at your fingertips and Coonamble offers the perfect base from which to explore these natural wonders.
Stroll down the Art Deco streetscape and uncover timeless fashion stores wedged between outlets of locally made cottage craft, boutique homewares and delicious homemade condiments. Behind each corner in Coonamble you’ll discover unexpected gems, from unique art galleries and colourful cafes to a historical museum featuring time-honoured artefacts. Make sure to take a moment to notice the Nickname “Hall of Fame” described by Channel 7’s Sunrise as a “mystifying tradition and national phenomenon.”
Located one hour and 40 minutes’ drive from Dubbo or 6.5 hours’ drive from Sydney, Coonamble is situated on the Castlereagh Highway.
Alternatively take one of the passenger flights from Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle or Melbourne to Dubbo before jumping on board the NSW Trainlink bus service to Coonamble.
Mix it with the locals and compliment your adventure at one of the many authentic Aussie pubs around town. Venture out to Gulargambone and visit colourful café 2828. Famous for its art gallery and gift shop, it’s the delicious homemade condiments and fresh-baked scones your tastebuds will remember long after you’ve left.
Choose from 11 accommodation properties including motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, camp sites and caravan parks.
For an authentic Aussie experience join in Happy Hour with your fellow travellers at Gulargambone Caravan Park – the homemade damper and camp oven tucker is a must. Alternatively bask under the gum trees just minutes from the Macquarie Marshes at the Quambone Primitive Campsite – best of all, it’s free!
POPULATION - 4,030
TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS - Wailwan and Gamilaroi tribes
ESTABLISHED - Coonamble was discovered by George Evans in 1818
AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE - 19°C – 33.8°
AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE - 4.2°C – 18.1°C