Australian Towns & Cities
New South Wales: Coonabarabran
Incorporating photos and Information from Michael Greenslade's former Australian Towns, Cities and Highways site

Coonabarabran is located in mid northern NSW at the eastern junction of the Newell and Oxley Highways. Situated on the Castlereagh River, the town is nestled in a pretty valley amongst the Warrumbungle Ranges. Settled in the early 1840's, the town grew slowly around the wool and wheat industries with timber eventually becoming prominent due to the close proximity of Pilliga Scrub to the north.

While nowadays serving as a rural centre, Coonabarabran is also popular due to the nearby Warrumbungle Ranges and remains an important stop for motorists due to its key highway position. Of interest include the well kept CBD and parkland abutting the Castlereagh Highway, Siding Springs Observatory (25km west - a well known observatory which features Australia's largest telescope), Skywatch Day/Night Observatory (2km south) and Crystal Kingdom (in town).


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Coonabarabran Town Centre:
Oxley Hwy (John St) approaching Dalgarno St in Coonabarabran, October 2004.

Image © Jamie Scuglia


Entering Coonabarabran:
Oxley Hwy (near Chappel Av) as it enters Coonabarabran, June 2003

Image © Michael Greenslade


Clock Tower:
War memorial tower in Coonabarabran, on the corner of John St (Oxley Hwy) and Dalgarno St, June 2003

Image © Michael Greenslade

1 Australia Bureau of Statistics, 2016 Census QuickStats

Last updated: 10 Nov 2019 12:06

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