Hit the road this October long weekend…

The spring sun is shining and a long weekend is fast approaching. It’s the perfect time to pack up the car and head out of the city in search of adventure in the Orana region.

Here are a couple of  excellent reasons to gather up the family – or a bunch of your best mates – and head west this October:

Starfest in Coonabarabran

Explore the deepest mysteries of the universe at Starfest in Coonabarabran – a scientific spectacular that will appeal to the whole family.

Featuring a range of stellar events such as displays, telescope viewings, activities for all ages and a series of public lectures by world-famous astronomers. The program includes intriguing topics such as A Tourist’s Guide to the Solar System and The Hidden Message in the Colour of Starlight. And who hasn’t wondered what will happen when the Milky Way Galaxy inevitably crashes into the titanic Andromeda galaxy? Wonder no more! The eminent Dr. Amanda Bauer will be on hand to present the story of our Galaxy, from its formation soon after the Big Bang, through to the far distant future, when the stars are no longer burning.

Don’t Miss: Science in the Pub – Friday 30th September

Be at the Coonabarabran Bowling Club from 4pm for a fun filled evening with a special guest panel, beer and wine truck and plenty of great food. Professor Fred Watson will MC the evening. The night will also feature the much anticipated 2016 Astro Song live on stage!
Tickets are $15 or $55 for a family (up to 4) – and don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket!

Science In The Pub

Gilgandra Coo-ee Festival

Fun fact: Gilgandra is known as both the town of Windmills and the Home of the Coo-ees. The ‘Coo-ee’ refers to the march of 35 men from Gilgandra to Sydney in 1915 to volunteer for the war. By the time they reached Sydney their numbers had swelled to 263 making the 1915 Coo-ee March from Gilgandra to Sydney the first and most successful recruitment march of World War 1.

During the October long weekend Gilgandra comes alive as the whole town turns out to celebrate the Coo-ee Festival!

The festival features an art exhibition at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre and the famous Friday night poetry competition. On Saturday the carnival will be in full flight with buskers and a colourful parade down the main street. Coo-ee Park becomes a central destination with stalls, entertainment, a Woodchop, the Coo-ee calling competition, novelty games, children’s rides, and much more.

To check event updates & details please contact the Coo-ee Heritage Centre and Visitor Centre:
Ph: 6817 8700
Email: [email protected]


Don’t Miss: If you’re headed to Gilgandra, be sure to visit the majestic Warrumbungles, an area of forested ridges, barren spires, and deep gorges. An ideal destination for bush walking, bird watching, photography or for just admiring the spectacular scenery. Walking tracks cater for all capabilities.

NOTE: Be sure to check with the local tourist information centre (02 6817 8700) to ensure roads are currently accessible due to recent rains.



Mungery Races cancelled – But still fun to be had.

The Mungery Races at Narromine have been flooded out but this will not dampen the community spirit! Come on down for a great day at the Cross Roads Hotel where the beer is cold and the wine is chilled! There will be raffle tickets for sale in support of the race club which will be drawn on the day, with first prize being a holiday to Hamilton Island!

  • Live Music
  • Mechanical Bull
  • NRL Grand Final will be on the big screen
  • Finger food will be provided

If you’re in the region and looking for some friendly banter from the locals call in and say hello! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Further information at:https://www.facebook.com/MungeryPicnicRaces/


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