You may not have heard much about Coonabarabran, given that it has a population of less than 3,500 people, but you would be wrong to scratch it off your list of places to visit.

Despite its size, there are plenty of things to do in Coonabarabran NSW, which is famous for being the gateway to the iconic Warrumbungles mountain range and The Astronomy Capital of Australia – it’s not hard to see why when you take a look at the clear night skies.

Whether you’re into science, history, or just want to relax in nature, be sure to add the following attractions to your itinerary…

Visit The Visitor Information Centre and Diprotodon Exhibition

The Diprotodon was a huge marsupial, a little like a large wombat that wandered the Earth over 30,000 years ago. An almost complete Diprotodon skeleton was found near Coonabarabran in 1979.

Visit Siding Spring Observatory

Located on Mt Woorut, just under 30 kilometres from town, there are 16 research instruments at Siding Spring. This includes the Anglo Australian Telescope, which is the largest optical telescope in Australia.

Visit An Observatory

We were able to observe the stars of the Southern Cross and we learnt that the brightest star in the Southern Cross is called Alpha Crucis. We also learnt that Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and that it is a blue super star.

Marvel At Crystal Kingdom Mineral Museum

If you would like to learn more about the geology of the Warrumbungles then a visit to Crystal Kingdom is a must. This fascinating display showcases some rare minerals and fossils found in the Warrumbungle Range.

Visit Warrumbungle National Park

One word can be used to sum up the Warrumbungle National Park at Coonabarabran – SPECTACULAR! From the moment we caught our first glimpse of the rugged peaks we knew we had found a special place.

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