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Warrumbungle Shire

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The Warrumbungles is a tiny slice of Australia where the shortest walk can stop you in your tracks and your next ‘WOW’ moment is a simple gaze at the sky.

Sculpture at Warrumbungle National Park

Discover a lavish stretch of land loaded with adventure and discovery. The Warrumbungle Shire is comfortably situated on the junction of four major highways and is dotted with the quaint towns of Coonabarabran, Coolah, Baradine, Binnaway, Dunedoo and Mendooran.

ASTRONOMY CAPITAL

Gaze through a telescope and uncover the mysteries of the universe in Coonabarabran, Australia’s Astronomy Capital.

Siding Spring Observatory

By day, visit Australia’s largest optical astronomy research facility at Siding Spring Observatory atop the Warrumbungles Mountains. After dark, under a canopy of sparkling stars, you can explore the evening sky.

Be an astronomer yourself at one of the public observatories, before retiring to the quiet hum of nature.

GREAT OUTDOORS

The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre

Head outside and explore the abundance of natural beauty across three amazing national parks. Wander the volcanic Warrumbungle National Park and see the Breadknife in all its glory, take in sweeping views at Coolah Tops and immerse yourself in the Aboriginal culture of The Pilliga.

Kids playing at Warrumbungle National Park

Smell the fragrance of stunning wild flowers and observe the abundant bird life. Go ‘Wild about Binnaway’ on a self-drive nature trail on the lush banks of the Castlereagh.

LOCAL CHARM

Warrumbungle Shire

The locals are known for their easy- going, first-class hospitality. Meander through town, grab a souvenir from a gift shop, indulge in local tastes and a tipple, or take in some culture at Pandora Gallery. Dare we say, our pubs provide great insights into local culture too.

GETTING HERE

Escape to the middle of nowhere while being in the centre of everywhere! Coonabarabran is a comfortable 5.5 hours’ drive from Sydney.

NSW Trainlink operates daily rail and coach services from Sydney Central to the Warrumbungle Region stopping at Dunedoo, Coolah, Mendooran, Binnaway, Coonabarabran and Baradine.

EATING HERE

Discover scrumptious food and delicate treats at every turn in the Warrumbungles. Stock up on freshly baked goods at the local bakeries in each town or the markets. Savour fresh local produce at Tastebuds on Dalgarno and enjoy a tipple at Blackgate Distillery in Mendooran.

STAYING HERE

Pitch a tent in one of three National Parks and snuggle up under a blanket of sparkling stars. For those who prefer a hot shower over a pitched tent, you’re in luck! You’ll find a peaceful night’s sleep, free from hefty price tags and modern day distractions with over 35 accommodation options.

FAST FACTS

POPULATION7,694

TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANSThe Gamilaroi people inhabited the northern part of Warrumbungle Shire with the Wiradjuri people in the Coolah and Dunedoo area

ESTABLISHEDCoonabarabran was first gazetted a village in 1860

AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE13°C – 35°C

AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE-3°C – 17°C

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