Siding Spring Observatory

Observatory in Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran's skies are so clear, the Australian National University chose to set up this research facility some 27km west of the town, on the edge of Warrumbungle National Park. The site is home to telescopes belonging to national and international institutions and includes the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope, the largest optical (visible light) telescope in Australia. There are no public stargazing facilities here, but there's a visitor centre where you can boggle your mind with solar-system facts and figures.

There are also great views over the Warrumbungles from the hilltop site, and a cafe.