The 10 Best Things to Do in Coonabarabran, Australia

July 23, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Discover the best top things to do in Coonabarabran, Australia including Warrumbungle National Park, Siding Spring Observatory, Sandstone Caves, Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre, Crystal Kingdom, Warrumbungle Observatory, Pilliga Pottery, Milroy Observatory, Ando's Outback Tours, Dandry Gorge.
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1. Warrumbungle National Park

Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 6825 4364
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

Warrumbungle National Park

Reviewed By GeoffRandal - Canberra, Australia

This National Park is bouncing back well from 2013 devastation by bushfire. The tracks are in good order, with the track up to the mountain tops summit very well maintained. As you climb, views are spectacular, and the big picture - walking among remnants of the ancient volcano - is mind-boggling. A must do!

2. Siding Spring Observatory

Observatory Road, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia +61 2 6842 6211
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Siding Spring Observatory

Opening Hours; Monday to Saturday 10:00AM to 4:00PM Sunday 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Reviewed By stevenmlane - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

A very informative Visitor Centre with plenty of placards and models about Astronomy in general and this optical telescope in particular. Every level of prior knowledge is catered for and there is a fascinating (long) video presentation. The real thrill, however, is the opportunity to go up into the visitor gallery in the main telescope and look at the massive machinery. Do not miss the separate video presentation in this gallery about the annual process for re-aluminising the main mirror. Astounding.

3. Sandstone Caves

Pilliga Nature Reserve | Newell Highway, Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 6843 4011
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Sandstone Caves

Reviewed By peter s - Rockhampton, Australia

The Sandstone Caves is just north of Coonabarabran, on the Newell Highway. Unfortunately these Caves are not signposted from the Highway but are situated between Cusack Creek and Billy Creek on a dirt road signposted as Yaminbah Trail. Only a short drive off the highway and a short easy walk to loop around a sandstone hill with a number of Caves historically used by local aboriginals. It is a special peaceful place with colourful rock formations and great vistas of the surrounding district.

4. Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre

Newell Highway, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia +61 1800 242 881
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre

Reviewed By richardssuzanne4 - Sydney, Australia

We had an amazing storm whilst in the centre...lasted about 3 minutes So interesting as they have a real dinasor head...fantastic info and wonderful informative staff.

5. Crystal Kingdom

Newell Hwy, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia +61 2 6842 1927
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Crystal Kingdom

This was the first museum in Australia to display only local minerals, crystals and fossils. The display contains some of the world's rarest zeolite crystals and some rare local fossils. The attached retail outlet sells gemstone jewellery , mineral specimens, fossils and gift lines. Open every day, except Xmasday.

Reviewed By madtravelgod

I'm a 43 year old man. Big, hairy, tattoos.
Seen a LOT of rocks.
Kids are mad about them.
Crystal world has an ASTOUNDING collection of geomorphical treasures i've never even HEARD of.
Fuzzy crystals, bulbous finger-shaped quartz, jagged, blue-swirly alien metals and intricately carved stones...
...and fossils from 22 million years ago.
Worth a stop in.

6. Warrumbungle Observatory

841 Timor Rd, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia +61 488 425 112
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Warrumbungle Observatory

Reviewed By richardssuzanne4 - Sydney, Australia

As said the night sky was perfect...good inf given but too many in a group ..viewing was ok,thought it could be better but did not have anything to compare with.

7. Pilliga Pottery

2630 Dandry Rd, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia +61 2 6842 2239
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Pilliga Pottery

Reviewed By madtravelgod

Love design, art and handmade craft. Have been travelling the world visiting designers and artists.
Have international product release next week with sculpts by international artists.
Drove 3hrs to get to Piliga Pottery.
Tried to compliment resident artist by saying how much I admired the skill, time and effort other artists put into their work.
She turned to me and said "Well, maybe instead of talking about it you should go out and actually try it."
WOW. Thanks, 40 years of practice and a succesful design business has NEVER made me think to try that. Not everything is black and white.
So rude. Helped me decide where we were staying that night: Coonabarabran....not here.
If you want to stay in an artists' commune: This is for you. Very open, animals ranging freely, guests in and out of the eating areas, European people in sleeveless shirts and gumboots in 4° temps drinking endless cups of coffee...tick
Doing art and pottery classes: tick. You'll love this. Very arty. Everything you can dream of made of pottery, cups, lights, clocks, vases, doors, walls, tiles, plates etc
However, It's a bad sign when artists condascend to people complimenting them.
It's why the world is full of "starving artists" because talent doesn't mean personality.

8. Milroy Observatory

37 Morrisseys Rd, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia +61 428 288 244
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5 based on 28 reviews

Milroy Observatory

Milroy Observatory is the largest public access telescope in Australia with night sky tours available on all clear nights. Bookings are essential. The show starts with a night sky tour with our astronomer and then a number of bright and deep sky objects are observed with our outdoor telescopes and then we go inside the dome to look through the eyepiece of the historic 40inch telescope. See planets, galaxies, nebulas and star clusters amongst other amazing night sky wonders.

Reviewed By sox_y_z - Perth, Australia

What a fantastic experience! There were only 4 of us booked on, so we all got plenty of time looking through the telescopes. Donna is so passionate and clearly knows her stuff regarding astronomy - so nice to be taught things by someone who is...MoreThanks guys - so glad you enjoyed it - you were great! Makes what I do so much more fun when folks are interested and keen!

9. Ando's Outback Tours

Eulin | Coonabarabran, NSW, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia
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5 based on 19 reviews

Ando's Outback Tours

Ando Tours Offers Local Tours Of Coober Pedy And Districts. Town And Breakaways Tour Painted Desert Tour Wiliam Creek Tour Lake Eyre And Harligan Bay Tour

Reviewed By ScarletPumpernickel - Weymouth, Massachusetts

After a management shuffle, this tour is now run by Noel. This tour IS the quintessential road trip. Taking advantage of the great expanse and isolation of the Australian Outback, you will learn about yourself and your life priorities by sharing conversation with Noel, fellow travellers, and random blokes along the way. You will observe, and maybe even adopt, pieces of the many radically different lifestyles. This kind of trip can't be found at a resort, you need to explore new places, that's where this trip will take you. With this considered, the tour itinerary itself is essentially customized for each tour depending on a few different factors (including season). If your heart is set on a certain experience, Noel will bend over backwards to satisfy you- he dedicates himself to being generous and wants to make the trip a success for each individual. As far as facilities and amenities that everyone mentions- all part of the experience. Come with an open mind and a few good things to talk about- there's not much else to do on the drive, but then again, that's the point! Discover Australia, discover yourself- go with Ando's Outback Tours!

10. Dandry Gorge

Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 6843 4000
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Dandry Gorge

Reviewed By pandkgraham - Alstonville, Australia

The "Sculptures in the Scrub" is a beautiful setting and the sculptures in the natural surroundings are quite out standing.
A 3km walk past the all the sculptures and into the gorge is a significant way to experience the ways of the aboriginal people who lived and hunted in the area.
I was taken by how much the sculptures had become well balanced with the "culture" of the gorge and suited the environment very well.
The effort to visit this significant location is well rewarded, tread softly, listen and take it all in.

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