Page 63



Siding Spring Observatory and Nightsky Tours

Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival

Visit The Exploratory Centre and the AAT, Australia’s largest optical telescope and pick up a treat at the Dome Cafe and gift shop. For a total astronomy immersion book into a night viewing activity at Warrumbungle or Milroy Observatories. Learn about Dark Energy, the nature of Space Time and the importance of a Dark Sky. 02 6842 6363

1 - 4 March Experience a classic bush poetry event. Featuring a Walk Up section, Poet’s Slam and performers of all ages. Offering guided tours, dinner, stalls and other entertainment throughout the weekend.

Warrumbungle National Park

18 - 27 May Featuring an annual competition with more than $11,000 in prize money, and a variety of artworks on exhibition or try your hand at various workshops. Don’t miss Opening Night for entertainment and prize winner announcements.

This is Australia’s First Dark Sky Park! Take a gentle walk along easy access trails or hike the mapped walking tracks – like the majestic Breadknife, rated one of Australia’s Top 10 Walks. Camping with powered sites is available, with hot showers and a dump point. 02 6825 4364

Pilliga Pottery and Barkala Farm Watch artisans at work creating unique terracotta pottery with stained glass effects featuring Australian wildflowers and fauna. Try your hand at pottery under the guidance of talented artists. Have a tasty treat in the Blue Wren Cafe or relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Barkala Farm with alternative styled accommodation. 02 6842 2239

Coolah Tops National Park Another of Mother Nature’s secrets, Coolah Tops has it all. With fabulous views, easy walks or harder trails to explore. Marvel at the views across the vast Liverpool Plains and the cascading waters at Pandora Falls. Camping available and pre booked timber workers’ huts provide undercover accommodation. 02 6377 1241

Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre This environmentally sustainable centre tells the story of the Pilliga. You too can discover the area’s hidden secrets, its Indigenous and European history, and the conservation and wildlife values via an interactive exhibition for the whole family. Be sure to ask about and visit the nearby Sculptures in the Scrub (an open air gallery) and The Sandstone Caves in the Pilliga Nature Reserve. 02 6843 4011

Art Unlimited

North West Equestrian Expo 1 - 5 June The largest Pony Club event outside the Sydney Royal Easter Show, attracting students from across Australia. This school team event features dressage, cross country, polocrosse and team penning with new events introduced annually.

Starfest October Long Weekend Join us and visiting astronomers for Science in the Pub on Friday night, Open Day at Siding Spring on Saturday – lectures and visit sites normally out of bounds to visitors, attend the Bok Lecture on Sunday. A whole weekend of starry fun!

Coolah Veterans Touch Football Carnival 3 - 4 November Celebrating 25 years, a weekend of touch footy fun for players over 30 not to be missed. With entertainment for the whole family, including kids’ activities and a Fancy Dress event on Saturday Night at the Sports Club.

COONABARABRAN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Newell Highway, Coonabarabran 02 6849 2144


Profile for Dubbo Regional Council

Dubbo and Wellington Visitor Guide  

Ultimate guide to Dubbo, Wellington and the Great Western Plains in New South Wales for visitors or visiting friends and relatives.

Dubbo and Wellington Visitor Guide  

Ultimate guide to Dubbo, Wellington and the Great Western Plains in New South Wales for visitors or visiting friends and relatives.