Warrumbungle National Park

With Australia’s largest optical telescope, three beautiful national parks and plenty of country charm, the Warrumbungle region is popular with stargazers and bushwalkers. The town closest to Warrumbungle National Park is Coonabarabran, known as the astronomy capital of Australia.

Coonabarabran is only 100 minutes’ drive northeast of Dubbo, which is five hours’ drive from Sydney. You can also fly to Dubbo and rent a car at the airport. Alternatively, you can drive to Coonabarabran via the Hunter Valley wine region or the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.


Riding the Lightwave of Technology brings scientists, researchers, community stakeholders, policymakers and industry leaders together to discuss the many aspects and impacts of light pollution and artificial light.

During this three day conference, they will draw on this broad expertise to look beyond the obstacles, and explore pathways to align technology, industry and policy towards sustainable advancements in lighting for the betterment of man-made and natural environments.

The combination of expanding urban growth and cheap energy-efficient lighting is resulting in artificial light at night becoming one of the fastest growing, yet most poorly understood or documented forms of pollution in the world.

For more information: http://www.fredwatsontours.com.au/dark-sky-conference.html


Pilliga Pottery makes unique earthenware items from local clays. Artist Julie engraves beautiful designs taken from nature and mythology onto the hand thrown items that Johannes creates. You can drop in and see them at work seven days a week.

Pilliga Pottery was created by Richard and Maria Rickert after they purchased the 15,000 acre Barkala Farm 30 years ago. Richard was master potter and Maria ran the business. Things were very traditional back then with a kick wheel and wood-fired kiln. That has all changed now with Jahannes (son of Maria and Richard) taking over as the potter, making clay onsite that is sourced at Rocky Glen and a skilled team of glazing artists in an LPG fired kin.

Pilliga Pottery’s pieces are collected as art the world over. Designs range from the signature Blue Wren and Australian bush flora, to Celtic inspired mythical dragons. No two pieces are the same, and designs change regularly as Julie develops new and beautiful engraving subjects.

Pilliga Pottery can be found at Barkala Farm. Head north from Coonabarabran along the Newell Highway, and turn left onto Borambitty Road. This will connect you to Dandry Road. Follow the brown tourist signs.

For more information: http://www.pilligapottery.com.au

Pilliga Pottery