• LOCATION 25 | Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson

    Coonabarabran

    Keep following the road as it curves.

    Here we are in the town of Coonabarabran, home to about 3,000 people.

    Coonabarabran is a Gomeroi word that beautifully describes the inquisitive people that live here as "Curious minds". The Warrumbungle Mountains has been a meeting point for the traditional owners for several thousand years. The Traditional owners were the Gomeroi from the north, Wiradjuri people from the south, and the Weilwan and Kawambarai or Werriri people from the western border converged in the Warrumbungle National Park to trade food, customs and ideas.

    More recently, it has been the meeting place of great scientific minds with astronomers from all around the world converging on this tiny town to explore the depths of the universe.

    Long before any humans lived here, the land was home to the Diprotodon, the largest marsupial ever to have lived. Imagine the biggest, baddest Wombat the size of a big car!

    If you continue straight ahead along John Street out of town to the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre, is located on your right-hand side. Look for the little white telescope out the front.

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Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson