Things To See and Do In Coonabarabran

Below is a list of popular activities in Coonabarabran. Click on the activities for more information.
You can also download a copy of the Attractions Guide for Coonabarabran here (207KB).

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AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM DIPROTODON EXHIBITION The Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition is housed at the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre, on the Newell Highway, at the southern end of town. The exhibition displays the skeleton and skull of a Diprotodon, the largest marsupial ever to have lived. It is often likened to a giant sized wombat. The remains of the Diprotodon were found in the creek bed of Cox's Creek near Tambar Springs in 1979. The exhibition also provides information on other mega fauna that were believed to have existed at around the same time. Free guided tours of the display are available for groups with advance notice. Please call the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre for more information. There is also an area located in the Museum which shows art work from local artists, as well as an Aboriginal Keeping Place. read more ... COONA ASTRO VENTURES Coona Astro Ventures, provides day time solar observing, evening telescope viewing and night sky tours for bus groups, schools and the public in Coonabarabran and Baradine. They offer, as part of the University of Southern Queensland Astronomy in Schools Program, a service for schools to experience the wonders of the night sky and learn about astronomy via classroom sessions and talks. The sky viewing program complements school curriculum requirements. Coona Astro Ventures has telescopes will travel - for functions and visiting coach groups they can come to your accommodation or meet you at a central location. Bookings essential noting that all viewing is weather dependant and pricing will vary according to numbers and distance. read more ...
GOANNA TRACKS MOTOCROSS AND ENDURO COMPLEX Goanna Tracks Motocross and Enduro Complex has adrenaline pumping and engines roaring. Enjoy all styles of Motocross, Supercross, Enduro, Endurocross, FMX, ATVs and Trials. The complex caters for all riders - from junior riders through to experienced riders - from the young to the young at heart. All tracks are built to national standards. Goanna Tracks is located between Bugaldie and Coonabarabran on Kurrajong Road. Camping is also available, please contact direct for further information. Facilities include showers, toilets and camp kitchen. Fees apply. No pets allowed. read more ... WARRUMBUNGLE NATIONAL PARK Whether you're into camping, walking, birdwatching, or even astronomy, Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran in NSW, is a great place for a weekend getaway or longer holiday. Most recently, the 2013 wildfires marked yet another chapter in this great park's history. Although there are fewer facilities for you to enjoy now as a result of these fires, the NPWS ... Visit website for more info Fees: Vehicle entry fees In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day. read more ...
SIDING SPRING OBSERVATORY Siding Spring Observatory is Australia's premier optical astronomical research facility. Located 27 kilometres west of Coonabarabran on the edge of the Warrumbungle National Park, it is home of Australia's largest optical telescopes, the 3.9 metre Anglo Australian Telescope, and the 2.3 metre Advanced Technology Telescope. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Exploratory with hands on activities and information about the universe, the solar system and the research activities undertaken by astronomers at the site. The annual Star Fest celebration at Siding Spring Observatory is held on the first weekend in October. It's your chance to explore the whole site, talk with astronomers about the universe and the research they are undertaking. You might even get a chance to take a look through a telescope yourself! More information can be found on the web site. read more ... WOODPECKER GUN The Woodpecker Gun is a War Memorial to those who served in the Second World War. The Japanese Machine Gun, which is at the front of the Memorial Swimming Pool, adjacent to the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre, was captured on August 3, 1945 during combat in New Guinea and is a free attraction to visit. There is an information board at the gun site with details of the capture and a listing of the Coonabarabran men and women who served in World War Two and the Vietnam War. After visiting this attraction, walk just 200 metres south to visit the Coonabarabran Visitor Centre where you can collect information on other attractions throughout the Warrumbungle Region. This is a 24 hour viewing place. read more ...
WORLDS LARGEST VIRTUAL SOLAR SYSTEM DRIVE Launch into Coonabarabran, Central NSW, on the Worlds Largest Virtual Solar System Drive and explore the planets as it you were hurtling through space. Journey through the Solar System and picturesque countryside on one or all of the five drives that lead to Australia's largest optical astronomy centre, Siding Spring Observatory which is one of the country's largest centre for optical astronomy research and learn, fascinating facts about the universe along the way. The colourful three-dimensional planets on the billboards are scaled in size relative to the huge observatory dome and the location of the billboards are scaled in distance, just as you'd find the planets in outer space - only 38 million times smaller! The Worlds Largest Virtual Solar System Drive is a daytime experience. Visitors are encouraged to stop at each planet in a safe manner, taking care when pulling off and back onto the roadway. read more ... CRYSTAL KINGDOM Crystal Kingdom is the home of one of the world's most unique mineral collections, the "Minerals of the Warrumbungles". See the world's rarest and most colourful Zeolite Crystals and learn about how the Coonabarabran area was once home to not one, but two volcanoes. Experienced staff are available to explain the fascinating origin of these extinct local volcanoes. More than 500 examples of local minerals and fossils are on display. Not only are these treasures of the earth on show, their origin and use is explained and fact sheets are available. The educational exhibition displays a range of fossils from 300 million years ago to the recent age of the Australian Megafauna. Jewellery lovers and collectors will love browsing through the 'Crystal Shop'. Here you will find quality gemstone jewellery, crystals and fossils. You can also get creative with 'Rosie's Beads' and design your own unique piece of jewellery. read more ...
WARRUMBUNGLE NATIONAL PARK DISCOVERY PROGRAM Discover nature's classroom on Discovery Ranger guided walks, talks, and tours in the Warrumbungle National Park. Discovery Programs operate during autumn, winter and spring school holidays. Bookings are essential for activities so contact the Warrumbungle National Park Visitors Centre for further details on the number supplied or download a copy of the events program from the Warrumbungle region's web site. read more ... WARRUMBUNGLE OBSERVATORY The 90 minute show at the Warrumbungle Observatory includes an astronomy presentation while sitting under the stars and live video images of the Moon and planets. Learn how to navigate around the night sky, observe through up to six telescopes, including the new 20-inch telescope, and have the opportunity to take photos of astronomical objects with your SLR camera. Daytime observing of the sun is also available on clear days, please call before you come. There is a mobile telescope service with up to four telescopes available for groups at local motels, or camp sites as well as any location within New South Wales. read more ...
WATTAGAN ESTATE WINERY Located only a short drive north east from Coonabarabran on the Oxley Highway, Wattagan Estate Winery is a rural winery producing nine wine varieties. Open for wine tastings and cellar door sales. Morning, afternoon teas and light lunches available for group bookings only. Coaches and groups are welcome - prior bookings appreciated. Catering for weddings, dinners and small functions. read more ...