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Coonamble lies on the Castlereagh Highway, 160 kilometres north of Dubbo. Coonamble is central to the Warrumbungle National Park, Pilliga State Forest and the Macquarie Marshes.

Coonamble is known as a horse town and has a proud agricultural heritage. Home to the largest rodeo and campdraft in the Southern Hemisphere, Coonamble is also the birthplace of Sir Edward Hallstrom, pioneer of refrigeration.

Pick up a historic tour brochure from the Visitors Centre in Castlereagh Street and then stroll down the street, almost completely destroyed by fire in 1929 and restored in an art-deco style. Coonamble Shire is a great place to sample the delights of a country pub and the town has four. It is central to a range of tourist destinations including day trip to the Lightning Ridge opal fields in the north, the cotton fields to the west and Western Plains Zoo to the south.


Coonamble: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Outback Arts Gallery

Outback Arts Gallery is an art gallery located in the main street of Coonamble. Outback Arts Gallery supports and promotes arts and culture in the far west.

Displayed in the gallery is art work produced by local and regional artists. Some of the local community's indigenous artists also have their art work on display.

65-67 Castlereagh Street
Coonamble, NSW, 2829

Located 0.2K from Coonamble

Nickname Hall of Fame

The Nickname is a mystifying tradition and a national phenomenon. Nowhere are nicknames thicker on the ground that across Australia's remote rural regions and Coonamble is the capital. You have entered a realm where the 'real' names of most of the men and many of the women and children have been forgotten, even by their mothers. Nothing and no-one is safe.

Anything is fodder for the nicknaming wits of Coonamble - a personal mannerism, a once-mentioned mistake, one mis-pronounced word, an unusual physical characteristic, a fashion faux pas, a sporting slip-up, or a midnight misjudgement. A nickname may last a day, a week on the job ... or many generations.

Coonamble is the Nickname Hall of Fame. Take a stroll to see the billboards scattered around the streets and get to know some of their stories. Or stay for a while and get to know the locals.

Castlereagh Street
Coonamble, NSW, 2829

Located 0.3K from Coonamble

Museum Under the Bridge

The Museum Under the Bridge is the former police station built in 1886 and has been converted to the Coonamble Historical Museum.

The museum displays artefacts, photographs, implements and household utensils used in Coonamble's early history. The 'trooper' brick horse stables have been retained in original form with stalls, feed boxes and saddlery and is one of only two of its kind left in NSW. Just recently a Cobb and Co coach was obtained by the museum and restored and loaned out for parades and celebrations.

Aberford Street
Coonamble, NSW, 2829

Located 0.4K from Coonamble

Coonamble: Events

Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft

Held over the June Long Weekend every year and running for over 60 years, the Coonamble Rodeo &and Campdraft is the largest event held in Coonamble and is the largest combined Rodeo/Campdraft in the Southern Hemisphere.

Around 1000 cowboys and cowgirls, along with approximately 4000 spectators, head across the central western plains of New South Wales to the edge of the Outback, transforming the Coonamble Showground into a full-on explosion of wild riding action.

On Saturday and Sunday, the cowboys launch from the chutes competing for over AUD30000 worth of prize money in steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and, of course, the glamour events of the Saddle Bronc, Bareback and Bull rides. On Monday the Junior Rodeo sees the up and coming stars of the Rodeo circuit compete.

Event Dates
      11th Jun
      12th Jun
      13th Jun

Castlereagh Highway
Coonamble, NSW, 2829

Located 2.1K from Coonamble

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