Known as the Gateway to Warrumbungles, Coonabarabran is the star-gazing capital of Australia. It’s the southern hemisphere’s first and only Dark Sky Park and is renowned for its breathtaking starry nights, free from artificial light. Camp under the stars and view the wonders of the galaxy alone, or visit the nearby Siding Springs Observatory for guided tours, hands-on activities, presentations and Australia’s largest optical telescope.
For more down to earth pursuits, check out the rare crystals and fossils at the Crystal Kingdom, or head to the Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition, complete with the fossilised skeleton of the largest marsupial to have ever lived. Souvenir hunters should also check out the wares at Pilliga Pottery decorated with Australian flora and fauna, where you can also farm stay. You’ll find plenty of other accommodation options, too – from motels and pubs to cottages, caravan parks and campgrounds.
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