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On the banks of the Castlereagh River, Coonamble is a charming country town of art deco buildings and classic country pubs.

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RA4 / MMM6

Location

Coonamble is about 540 km, north-west of Sydney, and 160 km (1 hr 50 min drive) from Dubbo.

A regional hub for wheat growing, and sheep and wool production, Coonamble is a also great base for exploring the internationally significant Macquarie Marshes and the iconic Warrumbungle National Park.

How to get there

Dubbo, 1 hr 50 min from Coonamble, has the closest regional airport for flights. Four airlines – Qantas, Regional Express (REX), JetGo and FlyPelican – fly from Dubbo offering a range of services.

A daily TrainLink coach service links up with the XPT train at Dubbo to travel to Coonamble.

Population

The population of Coonamble is nearly 3000. The median age of people living in Coonamble is 42 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 34% of the population.

Coonamble is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

Coonamble Multi Purpose Service, provides emergency, acute and subacute medical inpatient services, aged care services and a range of primary and community health services.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Coonamble.

Accredited GP practices

  • Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service

Doctor accommodation

Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service has accommodation that may be available for registrars, please contact your Rural Support Officer for details.

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents within the Coonamble Shire are: grain-sheep or grain-beef cattle farming, local government administration, grain growing and sheep farming.
  • Education

Coonamble has one public and one private primary school, and a public high school: Coonamble College (TAFE Western) provides vocational foundation and general education programs, along with trade, business and computing courses.
  • Childcare

For young families there are options for long day care in Coonamble.
  • Shopping

The main shopping precinct in Coonamble is the historic main street. In addition to the Commonwealth Bank, IGA and Foodworks supermarkets, there are cafes, gift shops and boutique stores.
  • Places of worship

In Coonamble there are Catholic and Anglican churches.
  • Points of interest

Coonamble hosts the largest annual camp draft/rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere, with about 1000 competitors. The town has a museum and outback arts gallery. The town’s unconventional Nickname Hall of Fame, includes billboards on the main street adorned with portraits of local characters.
  • Sporting activities

Coonamble has sporting activities including: boxing, aero club, bowling club, golf club, jockey club, junior rugby league and union. Contact details for sporting groups are available in Community Groups & Sporting Clubs. Nearby national parks offer bushwalking and kayaking opportunities.
  • Community groups and activities

Coonamble Shire Council provides a Community Directory as well as a listing of Community Groups & Sporting Clubs.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Coonamble. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Coonamble Times and Coonamble Shire Council - Home.