In the central north-west of NSW, Baradine is set in the foothills of the Warrumbungle Mountains National Park on the western slopes of the Great Divide.
The Warrumbungles, where the moist eastern coast meets the dry western plains, are graced with some of the most spectacular and rugged mountain scenery in Australia. Many of the bush trails lead to vantage points where trekkers are treated to spectacular views, especially at sunrise and sunset.
Baradine is also the gateway to the Pilliga Scrub, which covers 450,000ha of white cypress pine forests merging with plains of thick heath and scrub. You can pick up a basic map showing the walking trails and picnic spots from the Forestry Office in Baradine.
Just outside nearby Coonabarabran you'll find the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere at the Siding Spring Observatory. You can watch astronomers operating the telescope from the Viewers' Gallery and absorb aspects of their work in the permanent Exploring the Universe exhibition.
Some of Australia's finest terracotta ceramics are crafted under the direction of Master Potter Richard Rickert at Pilliga Pottery 69km to the north.