About the Warrumbungle Region
Warrumbungle National Park is an Australian federally supported National Park, covering 23,312 hectares of publicly-owned land between Coonabarabran, Gilgandra and Coonamble in New South Wales. The Park was placed on the National Heritage List 15 December 2006 in recognition of its geological and biological values. A biodiversity hotspot, the park provides an important habitat for a range of over 520 species of native plants and 311 species of native animals.
The name 'Warrumbungle' comes from the Gamilaraay language, and is believed to mean 'crooked mountains’. A range of Aboriginal sites, including rock shelters and sites of cultural significance, indicates that Indigenous people have occupied the Warrumbungles for at least the last 5000 years.
On the western end of the Warrumbungle Range the Park sits Siding Spring Observatory. The Siding Spring Observatory is the premier facility on the Australian mainland for optical and infrared astrophysics research and is home to several world-leading telescopes.
For over 70 years the park attracts approximately 80,000 bushwalkers, rock climbers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers from Australia and around the world annually.