The majestic Warrumbungles, an area of forested ridges, barren spires, domes, vast plateaus, deep gorges and 43 kilometres of walking tracks are situated just a 50-minute drive (80 Kilometres) north of Gilgandra on the Newell/Oxley Highway to Coonabarabran.
From Coonabarabran the Warrumbungle National Park is a 36 kilometres drive west along Timor Road .
Comprising 21,534 hectares and covering much of the Warrumbungle Range, Warrumbungle National Park contains the remnants of the extinct Warrumbungle Volcano which began its life 17 million years ago.
In Aboriginal history, the term 'Warrumbungles' is the Gamilaroi for 'crooked mountains'.
The Aboriginal name for Tooraweenah translates to ‘Home of the Brown Snake’ or ‘Plenty of Brown Snakes’.
A tranquil rural village nestled in the foothills of the
Warrumbungle mountains, just two minutes off the Newell Highway.
A trip to the National Park will ensure you visit Tooraweenah, and allow you to enjoy the year round views of the spectacular mountains. Tooraweenah has a range of accommodation, services, hospitality, colourful characters and a great little pub
(Mountain View Hotel Motel) to really enjoy the country atmosphere - well worth the diversion.
Located in the centre of the park is the The Visitors Centre which provides information on campgrounds, walking trails, geology and flora and fauna in the Park. Guidebooks, gifts, ice and some camping supplies and refreshments are available.
There is also a range of camping and picnic facilities available including tent sites, powered sites, hot and cold showers, gas and electric BBQs, laundry basins, flushing toilets, picnic tables and disabled access to some areas. (Daily park user fees and camping fees apply.)
A map of walking tracks is available at the Park Visitor Centre. The Grand High Tops track is known as one of Australia's 'Great Walks'.
Siding Spring Observatory:
Siding Spring Observatory is set on a site overlooking the Warrumbungle Ranges that has the most favourable combination of conditions...high elevation (1160 metres above sea level), low humidity, a non-turbulent atmosphere for viewing clarity, clean air, plus an average of 70% of night skies clear.
12 telescopes are dotted around the original chosen site. Professional astronomers from all over the world visit Siding Spring Observatory to probe the mysteries of the night sky.
Siding Spring Observatory is open to the public during the day only.
Entry is free into the Visitors Centre, café and gift shop.
Fees apply to enter the Exploratory Centre which houses an exhibition on astronomy.
Siding Spring Observatory is located 27 kilometres west of Coonabarabran on the road to Warrumbungle National Park
In spring the sandstone areas of the park often produce remarkable displays of wildflowers such as wattles, peas and heaths. You can see koalas, eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos and emus. It is an ideal destination for bushwalkers, pack campers, photographers and birdwatchers, or those who simply enjoy watching sunlight change the colours on a cliff face.