Gunnedah, Coonabarabran and Crystal Kingdom
In this vibrant country town on the banks of the Namoi River, spot a colony of wild koalas hanging out in the trees, cycle the beautiful flat landscape and see why the natural beauty of the Gunnedah district inspired Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar’s evocative poem ‘My Country’.
Mackellar’s family owned property in the district, and you can visit the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Statue in Anzac Park. Pop into Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre in the town’s cultural precinct for brochures on things to do in Gunnedah and tips on where to see koalas.
Coonabarabran is the stargazing capital of Australia. The small country town by the Castlereagh River is on the edge of the iconic Warrumbungle National Park. An ancient volcanic mountain range creates a spectacularly jagged backdrop in the national park, the first Dark Sky Park in Australia.
Also, here in Coonabarabran you can visit the Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition at the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre, on the Newell Highway, at the southern end of town.
The exhibition displays the skeleton and skull of a Diprotodon, the largest marsupial ever to have lived. It is often likened to a giant sized wombat. The remains of the Diprotodon were found in the creek bed of Cox’s Creek near Tambar Springs in 1979. The exhibition also provides information on other mega fauna that were believed to have existed at around the same time.
This was the first collection in Australia to display minerals and fossils from one local area only. This exhibition contains some of the world’s rarest and most colourful zeolite crystals and rare fossils that are found nowhere else in the world.
Also you can buy some crystals, jewellery, mineral, fossil specimens and many gift lines.