Welcome to Coonabarabran
Coonabarabran ('Coona' to locals) is widely recognised as an ideal place for stargazing thanks to its pristine air, high altitude (505m) and low humidity. Several observatories have been established in the area. Sitting on land owned traditionally by the Gamilaroi people, it's an old-fashioned, welcoming sort of a country town, where the locals are likely to strike up a conversation with travellers over icy beer in one of its main-street pubs.
Perhaps the best reason to visit is for the town's proximity to the extraordinary Warrumbungle National Park, which in 2016 was declared Australia's first Dark Sky Park.