Coonabarabran, Outback NSW

Outback Touring & Destinations

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Coonabarabran is a place of many contrasts where the landscape and villages create a patchwork across the countryside, reflecting the varied lifestyles and influences. Coonabarabran, centrally located on the Newell Highway, is the main town in the region and is a perfect starting point to discover the charming townships of Coolah, Dunedoo, Baradine, Mendooran and Binnaway.

About Coonabarabran

About Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran is the Astronomy Capital of Australia. Explore the universe at Siding Spring Observatory by day and complete your astronomy experience with night sky viewing at Warrumbungle Observatory. Take time to discover the local mineral and fossil display at Crystal Kingdom and see the Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition at the Visitor Information Centre.

While in the Centre, ask staff for directions to Sandstone's a secret worth visiting. The diversity of Australia's landscape is illustrated throughout the region. The Warrumbungle, Pilliga and Coolah Tops National Parks each offer unique experiences; easy walks, fabulous views, natural and cultural perspectives.

Pandora Gallery in Coolah has ever-changing displays of artworks and local history, while Pilliga Pottery showcases European influences blending with the environment. Whether your interest is the great outdoors, or browsing galleries and gift shops, Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle Region provide a taste of stylish country living.

Spend time at local wineries and restaurants, then snuggle down at night in a comfy B&B, a four star motel, or a tent with a million star accommodation rating.


Outback Beds

Outback Beds near Coonabarabran

  • Welcome to a farmstay with a difference! Barkala Farm is "The Jewel of the Pilliga", nestled in a beautiful valley between the forests of the Pilliga and the foothills of the Warrumbungle Range, in northwestern NSW. As well as being a working farm, it is also home to the fabulous creative energy of Pilliga Pottery, the largest and most unique pottery in NSW.

Getting to Coonabarabran

Driving to Coonabarabran

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Coonabarabran.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway: Distance = 692km approx

From Sydney:

Western Freeway <> Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 455km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway <> Newell Highway: Distance = 990km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Sturt Highway <> Newell Highway: Distance = 1,324km approx


Travel & Touring

Coonabarabran Touring Routes

  • Never been to the outback but really want to go? Then this touring route is the perfect way to get an insight and understanding of what makes the outback such a wonderful place to visit. The Outback Intro tour while take you to the ‘Back O Bourke’ and you will be able to do so easily and safely in a non-4x4 vehicle with your Outback Beds hosts expecting you every step of the way. After all, the Outback Beds motto is “travel in the outback with friends...

Visitor Information

Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre

Newell Highway, Coonabarabran NSW 2357
Ph: 1800 242 881


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