Most people think that nothing interesting exists on the western side of the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales, but I’m here to tell you that this is far from the truth.

As it turns out, there are a number of things to do in Coonamble and the surrounding region. This small town is known as the gateway to The Pilliga Forest, and is also nestled in a convenient location to reach the Macquarie Marshes and Warrumbungle National Park.

In this guide we share the top attractions of this town and share our favorite activities that you should add to your itinerary.

Check Out The Water Tower Art

What makes Coonamble unique is the abundance of art murals dotted all over the town. One of the most notable though is the Water Tower, painted by John Murray. The silo features a beautiful display of Galah birds, a pinkish cockatoo which is native to Australia.

Attend the Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft

Every year in June, Coonamble hosts Australia’s biggest rodeo, which lasts over a long weekend. See more than 1,000 cowboys and cowgirls from across the country, not just Coonamble Shire, show off their skills and talents at the Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft.

Take A Leisurely Stroll Along Gulargambone Riverwalk

This short walk is only a 420 meter path that connects two bridges behind Bourbah Street in nearby Gulargambone.

Visit Nearby Siding Springs Observatory

No need to pack up your own telescope, as they have their own high-tech, powerful telescope which gives you a spectacular view of the Milky Way and the nearby planets.

See Warrumbungles’ Volcanic Formation

The Warrumbungles National Park is one of the main reasons why people venture up to the Southern Cross region. It’s unique, ancient landscape is the most iconic feature of this region and should not be skipped.

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