Coonabarabran, in Central NSW, is often referred to as the ‘Astronomy Capital of Australia'. Australia's largest optical astronomy research facility, Siding Spring Observatory, is 27 km west of Coonabarabran.
It is also the gateway to the Warrumbungle National Park. The Warrumbungle Region is 6 hours drive from Sydney and 2 hours drive north-east of Dubbo, and 2 hours west of Tamworth. Coonabarabran is on the Oxley and Newell Highway. It is about half-way between Brisbane and Melbourne as the crow flies.
See the Warrumbungle Region tourist information site for events and information.