For a small stock town on the banks of an often dry Castlereagh River, Binnaway has made quite a significant contribution to the arts.
The small town about 40km south of Coonabarabran was not only home to Frank Bourke, founder leader of the White Rose Orchestra - perhaps Australia’s most enduring dance band - but Binnaway was also the location for the key scenes in the original version of The Shiralee.
The film’s famous pub scene featuring star Peter Finch was shot in the bar of the Royal Hotel which, naturally, is now known as the Shiralee.
The fabulous Warrumbungle National Park, which hosts the Siding Spring Observatory and the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, is just west of Coonabarabran.
Set on top of an extinct volcano, the observatory features a permanent Exploring the Universe exhibition and visitors can watch the astronomers at work operating the huge telescope from a viewing gallery.