On the Western Plains between Gilgandra and Walgett, 518 kilometres north-west of Sydney, Coonamble is home to about 3,000 Australians and provides easy access to the Warrumbungle National Park and the Pilliga Scrub country.
The administrative centre for a shire that extends over 10,000 square kilometres, Coonamble lost much of its heritage when fire razed the town's centre and most of the foundation buildings in 1929. The original police station, however, escaped the blaze and today houses the regional museum.
The hot-water Youie Bore, about 20km north along then Castlereagh Highway, serves five local properties with mineral-rich water.
Coonamble is also a launching pad for twitching expeditions to one of the world's most significant wetlands. About 80km north-west of the town, the Macquarie Marshes provides a spectacular habitat for huge flocks of resident and migratory birds.
The Warrambungles and the Sidings Spring Observatory are just an hour's drive to the south-east.