Coonabarabran is a friendly city in Australia that serves as a gateway to the majestic Warrumbungle Ranges. It is also one of the best places in the country where nature can be experienced. Tourists can enjoy bushwalking and viewing spectacular sceneries of the archaic volcanic bits and pieces of the National Park of Warrumbungle. Every night the city of Coonabarabran has its marvelous and stunning skies making the city as the “Astronomy Capital of Australia”.
The Coonabarabran Visitor Center is where different exhibitions can be sighted. The exhibitions include skeleton of a giant Diprotodon, which is the biggest marsupial that had ever lived. This marsupial is similar to a giant wombat that had roamed within the area of Coonabarabran more than 30,000 years ago. The skeleton of this creature was discovered in 1979 along the Tambar Springs. Other displays that can be seen at the exhibitions also include fascinating artifacts, information boards, and murals related to the Australian Megafauna.
The Minerals of the Warrumbungles is the first and only fossil and mineral display shop in Australia. It is often called as the Crystal Kingdom. In this place, you will discover more of the two extinct volcanoes in the city. The most colorful and rarest Zeolite crystals in the world are also found in this place as well as other past fossil in the area. This shop has huge varieties of selections that include sapphires, unset & set opals, amber, gemstone jewellery, and crystals. There are also several fossil and mineral specimens, and local crystals from all over the world found in the shop.
The Piliga State Forest in Coonabarabran is considered as a paradise for birdwatchers. There are more than 240 species of birds recorded to have been living in this forest. Tourists are available to avail a comprehensive brochure from the Baradine Forestry Office and Coonabarabran Visitor Information Center. The brochure contains the list of bird species residing in the forest as well as information about the routes of these birds. Aside from the brochures, there are also maps sold in the place for comprehensive guide.
Just 35 kilometers north of the Newell Highway in Coonabarabran is the Pilliga Pottery, which is the most famous bush pottery in Australia. Tourists can spend up to two hours at the pottery’s creative and friendly atmosphere for morning or afternoon tea. While huddled at the edge of the Pilliga Forest, Pilliga is the only pottery in Australia that uses a specialized process of applying bright engravings and glazes to terracotta. This process produces a stunning effect of lead light bringing unique designs. For pottery lovers, the place is filled with vast selections of potteries ranging from kitchenware and gifts to huge hand thrown urns, vases, and pots.
The Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran is the foremost optical astronomy research center in Australia. It is home to the giant Anglo Australian telescope. Professional astronomers from different countries come to this place to research about solar system and its beyond. This research center is great to visit during the day, however if you opt to discover more fascinated facts about the universe, you can visit the Exploratory Center during night time.
The Warrumbungle National Park at Coonabarabran is a great place to see wildlife up close and personal. Apart from the more than 240 species of birds, the park is also filled with koalas, goannas, emus, and kangaroos. One of the many highlights offered by the park is the spectacular ten walks of Australia. For camping facilities and activities, the Camp Blackman is definitely a great choice!
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