The Warrumbungle Shire is located in Central NSW and is strategically positioned on the Newell Highway, mid-way between Brisbane and Melbourne. A number of highways and main roads traverse the shire providing links with surrounding regional centres. The landscape ranges from extensive plains to undulating hills, from the high basaltic plateau of the Coolah Tops in the east to the rugged mountainous peaks of extinct volcanoes in the Warrumbungle National Park, west of Coonabarabran.
Siding Springs Observatory, located 25kms from Coonabarabran is the site of a number of internationally owned and operated optical telescopes where major research has recorded amazing truths of the universe, supporting Coonabarabran’s claim to the name “Astronomy Capital of Australia”.
The Shire (map) was traditionally built on agricultural pursuits with the early establishment of wool growing and beef cattle production followed by cereal cropping and today a burgeoning vine growing and horticultural industry. The main industry sectors contributing to employment in the Warrumbungle Shire include: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Health Care and Social Assistance, Education and Training and Retail Trade. Industry sectors which contribute significantly to output include Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Manufacturing, Health Care and Social Assistance and Education and Training.
This website presents economic and demographic insights for Warrumbungle Shire. For further information and assistance in relation to business and investment, please contact Warrumbungle Shire's Economic Development and Tourism Team, phone:(02) 6849 2140.