Top things to do in Northwest

Top Choice National Park in Coonabarabran

Warrumbungle National Park

Sitting 35km west of Coonabarabran, this 232-sq-km park has spectacular granite domes, ample bushwalking trails, plentiful wildlife and brilliant wildflower displays during spring. It's one of NSW's most beautiful p…
Top Choice Gallery in Lightning Ridge

Chambers of the Black Hand

This place is remarkable, and symbolises the crazy and creative sides of the Ridge. Artist and miner Ron Canlin has turned a 40ft-deep mining claim into a cavernous gallery of carvings and paintings: superheroes, ce…
Top Choice Gallery in Moree

Yaama Ganu Centre

For a lively local take on Moree's art scene, check out this wonderful centre, home to a gallery of Indigenous art and a bright, friendly cafe.
Mine in Lightning Ridge

Opal Mine Adventure

The most easily accessible mine experience in Lightning Ridge, in a former working mine, lets visitors get a feel for the type of cramped environment encountered by the average opal miner working underground. That s…
Observatory in Coonabarabran

Siding Spring Observatory

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 bel…
National Park in Coonabarabran

Pilliga National Park

Between Coonabarabran and Narrabri, the Pilliga Forest springs either side of the Newell Hwy. For a closer look at this semi-arid landscape, begin at the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre in Baradine (46km north of Co…
Observatory in Coonabarabran

Milroy Observatory

Milroy Observatory offers the largest public-access telescope in the southern hemisphere (it's a 40-in device that sits on a hilltop about 10km outside Coona). They run regular 90-minute stargazing sessions. Booking…
Observatory in Coonabarabran

Warrumbungle Observatory

A private observatory offering 90-minute night-sky viewing, run by an astronomer with the delightful name of Peter Starr. It's about 9km from town, en route to Siding Spring. Nightly show times vary by season: check…
Italian in Lightning Ridge


A genuine Italian chef, a wood-fired oven and some seriously tasty desserts (panna cotta, tiramisu) are the surprise package here. There's a good range of pasta, pizza and meaty mains (eg veal scaloppine, steak) on …
Chinese in Coonabarabran

Golden Sea Dragon

Serving pretty standard Chinese food, the main reason you'll want to eat here is to check out the fabulous, though slightly gaudy decor. It's one for the Instagrammers out there.