- A rare mix of volcanic spires and rainforest
- Home to Australia’s astronomy capital, near two spectacular national parks
- Seven hours’ drive north-west of Sydney
- Towns in the area are Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Coolah and Gilgandra.
Why go there
The ancient trachyte spires of Warrumbungle National Park are testament to the violent volcanic activity that occurred in the area – and created sensational bushwalks. This is one of the few places where rainforest can be found in such arid surroundings.
Coolah Tops National Park is home to Australia’s largest gliding possum, the greater glider, 300-year-old grass trees and the largest snow gums ever recorded.
To the east, Coonabarabran, with its dark and clear starry skies, is known as the astronomy capital of Australia. The country’s largest observatory, Siding Spring, is located nearby.
Things to do
- Walk to the base of the dramatic Breadknife in the Warrumbungles. Don't stop there, seek out the Grand High Tops track, one of the area's most thrilling tracks.
- Go stargazing at one of the observatories in Coonabarabran.
- Have a drink at a classic country pub in Coonamble.
- Check out the statue commemorating the tragic shooting of local Constable John Mitchell, outside Coonamble’s police station.
- Explore Coolah Tops National Park – look out for the splendid snow gums and 300-year-old grass trees.