This little town in central-western NSW makes the claim - disputed by Queensland's Mundubbera and the Riverina's Merriwagga - to being the home of the proverbial 'black stump', the Aussie version of the boundary of civilisation.
At Coolah, there’s a place just out of town that the Aborigines call 'the place where the fire went out' and in 1826 Governor Darling said that land couldn’t be sold beyond a parcel of land at Coolah called Black Stump Run.
Today the Stump hosts a theme village featuring 15 nursery rhyme characters and a rest area on the site which for many years hosted the historic and highly civilised Black Stump Wine Salon.
Coolah itself boasts a working smithy and a craft shop while the Coolah Tops National Park lies just 30km to the east. Spread over 10,780ha, the park's tall stands of open eucalypt forest support a range of wildlife including gliders, grey kangaroos and several species of cockatoo. The park's altitude makes bush-walking a comfortable, year-round experience and a constant flow of hikers enjoy the reserves spectacular waterfalls, lookouts and camping spots.