Population 2550

Coonamble owes its existence to the discovery of artesian water in the area in the 1890s. On the Great Inland Way, the route via Coonamble provides an alternative to the more commonly taken coastal route between Queensland and the southern states. This town lost many of its buildings in the great fire of 1929. Castlereagh Street had to be rebuilt, so most constructions are relatively modern. Coonamble is also the birthplace of Sir Edward Hallstrom, the pioneer of refrigeration.

Visitor Information

26 Castlereagh St; (02) 6822 4532

Nearby national parks

  • Warrumbungle National Park

    At Warrumbungle National Park rocky spires emerge from the heavily forested valleys and peaks, and gorges slice deep into the landscape....more

  • Goulburn River National Park

    At the heart of this national park is the Goulburn River, flanked by a deep gorge of sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves. Wide sandy...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

Nearby towns

  • Gilgandra

    A historic town at the junction of three highways, 'Gil' is the centre for the surrounding wool and farming country. The 1915 Coo-ee March...more

  • Coonabarabran

    Coonabarabran is located on the Castlereagh River and is nestled in the foothills of the stunning Warrumbungle Mountain Range. It is known...more

  • Walgett

    Walgett is the service centre to a large pastoral region. The name Walgett, which means 'the meeting of two waters', is apt, as the town is...more

In Town

Historical Museum Housed in the old police station, the museum outlines Coonamble's rich Aboriginal and pastoral history. Behind the museum is an authentic Cobb & Co coach and stables. Open by appt (02) 6822 4532; Aberford St.

Warrana Creek Weir: swimming, boating and fishing; southern outskirts of town.

Self-guided town walk: takes in historic sites; brochure from visitor centre.


Quambone Locally known as the gateway to Macquarie Marshes, Quambone also has Australia's smallest library and the Marthaguy Picnic Races in Sept. 55 km W.

Gulargambone: a small town with a restored steam train in Memorial Park; 45 km S.

Macquarie Marshes: 80 km W; see Nyngan.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Star-gazing - Coonabarabran 74 km

Because of its combination of clear skies, altitude and distance from city lights, Coonabarabran is the astronomy capital of Australia. There are various ways to explore space here, from simply gazing skyward with a pair... Find out more

Koala-spotting - Coonabarabran 92 km

Coonabarabran is home to one of the healthiest koala colonies in the state, and the solitary mammals are often seen in and around the town. Try the Porcupine Reserve and while there check out the view over the Liverpool... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Sons of the Soil Hotel

Located right in the heart of Coonamble, this bustling motel with on-site pub has bistro-style meals at astonishingly good value for money. With dinner served from Thursday to Saturday, drop in for a hearty plateful of... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Woolshed 65 km

This is a spacious area for small- and medium-sized groups of up to 55 people. It has power, lighting and a composting toilet. Bookings are essential. Note: there’s water here, but it’ll need to be boiled or... Find out more

Yarragin picnic and camping area 66 km

This is a very basic spot predominantly used for picnics – it’s dry-weather access only and there are no toilets. To get here, take Ridge Rd south of Baradine. Bring drinking water and firewood.... Find out more

Burbie Camp camping area (walk-in camping) 67 km

This walk-in only camping area has very basic facilities – pit toilets and wood BBQs – accessible along the fire trail to Mt Exmouth from Burbie Canyon carpark. Make sure you register with the visitor centre... Find out more

Camp Wambelong camping area 67 km

Camp Wambelong is about 1 km past the visitor centre, and is close to the Split Rock, Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth walking tracks. There are 30 sites here – if you’re in a large group you’ll need to... Find out more

Danu Camp (walk-in and bush camping) 68 km

It’s a long walk to Danu Camp from either Pincham, Split Rock or Burbie Canyon carparks. The camp is between the Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth, on the Western High Tops. Campers must be self-sufficient with food... Find out more

Camp Walaay camping area 68 km

It’s not far from popular Camp Walaay to the many amenities of Camp Blackman. There are 5 spacious camping areas here that can fit up to 200 people; however, the road isn’t suitable for camper trailers or... Find out more

Camp Blackman camping area 68 km

This is the big, main camping area in the national park, with 70 sites (32 with power), hot showers, gas/electric BBQs and a public telephone. Many of the park’s walking tracks start a short drive away, and there... Find out more

Ogma Camp (walk-in and bush camping) 69 km

Ogma Camp is at the junction of the West Spirey Creek Trail and Western High Tops, between the Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth. It’s a walk-in campsite, accessed via the Pincham Trail and the Grand High Tops or West... Find out more

Bush camping walk-in sites 69 km

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Camp Pincham camping area 69 km

It’s 200 m from the Pincham carpark to the camping area, one of the original Warrumbungle campgrounds. It’s a good place to use as a base for walking to the Breadknife and Grand High Tops. There’s a... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Gilgandra Caravan Park 88 km

Located alongside the highway on the northern side of the Castlereagh River, this budget-priced park is set on an impressive expanse of lawn with large shady trees. Enjoy the pool, cook a barbecue or take your dog for a... Find out more

John Oxley Caravan Park 92 km

A large council park with good facilities, this place is conveniently located on the Newell Highway close to the town centre. It is ideal for an overnight stay.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Castlereagh Lodge Motel

The Castlereagh Lodge Motel provides comfortable, three-star accommodation, with a choice of 11 recently refurbished guest rooms, each with a queen-sized bed, and a saltwater swimming pool in the grounds. There are also... Find out more

Coonamble Motel

On the banks of the Castlereagh River, the Coonamble Motel has 21 guest rooms offering traditional motel accommodation, including four queen rooms and three family rooms that fit a double bed and up to four single beds.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tooraweenah rest area 76 km

39km NE of Gilgandra (L) or 55km SW of Coonabarabran (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the turn-off into town.

Collie East rest area 78 km

22km W of Gilgandra (R) or 63km E of Warren (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a couple of trees.

Hickey Falls rest area 84 km

55km NE of Gilgandra (L) or 39km SW of Coonabarabran (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Gilgandra park area 89 km

At Gilgandra

Under shady trees at the oval on the west side of town via Bundy St.

Warren North rest area 94 km

81km SW of Gilgandra (R) or 4km NE of Warren (L)

Just off the highway among a couple of trees.

North Gowan Rest Area 94 km

8 km N of Coonabarabran (L) or 110 km S of Narrabri (R)

Large area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Warren park area 98 km

At Warren

Just off the highway. On the east side of town at Oxley Park.

What's on around town

Rodeo and Campdraft: largest combined event in Southern Hemisphere; June.

Gold Cup Race Meeting: Oct.

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