Explore Our Nature
The region lies across a range of landscapes, from the Warrumbungle Mountains in the east, the northern slopes and plains, supporting the vast forest of the Pilliga, across to the Macquarie Marshes in the west. Grab your binoculars, field guides and camera to appreciate and capture all that you encounter.
The picturesque Macquarie Marshes (Bird Viewing Platform site) are located on Gibson Way, approximately 73km west of Coonamble near Quambone. The National Parks and Wildlife Service Nature Reserve (northern site entry) is located on Warren/Carinda Road.
Take in the iconic Macquarie Marshes from the Burrima Boardwalk. This 2km boardwalk meanders through forest, mixed marsh and reeds, providing an immersive experience of this diverse wetland ecosystem. Booking is essential, via https://burrimamacquariemarshes.com/
The Marshes are located on unsealed roads which are closed during wet weather. It is highly advised that you contact the Coonamble Information and Exhibition Centre to check the road conditions before you plan your trip.
The grand Pilliga Forest (or Pilliga Scrub) is made up of the rugged Pilliga Nature Reserve, Timmallallie National Park, Pilliga West and East State Conservation Areas.
Close to the town of Baradine (70km east of Coonamble), Pilliga is a vast natural forest spanning more than half a million hectares. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Sculptures in the Scrub and Salt Caves, or if time permits take a guided discovery tour of Sandstone Caves. You can visit the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre for more information on tours and bookings.
Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre
50-58 Wellington Street, Baradine
(02) 6843 4011
Open 7 days, 9am-4pm (closed Christmas Day)
Warrumbungle National Park
The captivating Warrumbungle National Park is 70km south-east of Coonamble and can be accessed via Tooraweenah Road, which is unsealed. Warrumbungle is a Gamilaroi word meaning ‘crooked mountain’. The volcanic formations are an iconic feature in the park, with The Breadknife, a volcanic dyke, standing 90m above the surrounding landscape.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll on one of the walking trails and visit the nearby Siding Springs Observatory or take your own telescope for a spectacular view of the Milky Way.
Warrumbungle National Park Visitor Information Centre
4261 John Renshaw Parkway within the Warrumbungle National Park
(02) 6825 4364
Open 7 days, 9am-4pm (Closed 12pm-1pm daily and Christmas Day).