A country town that has a sense of community.
In the 2011 census the population of Coonamble was 2,998 and is comprised of approximately 50.6% females and 49.4% males. Coonamble has a population of 946 (31.6%) indigenous people. The median age of the people in Coonamble is 40.
Coonamble is about 536 km, north-west from NSW’s capital city of Sydney. It is the regional hub for wheat growing and sheep and wool.
Dubbo, 1 hr 50 minutes from Coonamble, has the closest regional airport for flights. Regional Express (REX) offer daily services to Sydney and return.
A daily TrainLink coach links up with the XPT train at Dubbo to travel to Coonamble, and all the way to Lightning Ridge. The Trainlink coach leaves in the morning from Coonamble and returns in the afternoon.
The main industries people from Coonamble work in are:
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Health care and social assistance
- Education and training
- Public administration and safety
- Retail trade
Coonamble Health Service is a small service, with less than 50 beds, that provides emergency, acute and subacute medical inpatient services, aged care services and a range of primary and community health services.
Coonamble is supported by an ambulance service.
There are two general practices, including an AMS in Coonamble.
Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service (CAHS) – Accommodation may be negotiated with the service. Please contact the Practice Manager.
For young families there is family day care, long day care, and preschool.
The main shopping precinct in Coonamble is the historic main street. There is a selection of cafes, gift shops and boutique stores. It has a Commonwealth Bank, IGA and Foodworks supermarket.
In Coonamble there are places of worship for Catholic and Anglican.
Coonamble hosts an annual rodeo that is the largest camp draft/rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere. Around 1,000 people annually come to compete in the rodeo with an average of about 4,000 spectators.
Coonamble boasts a museum and outback arts gallery. Coonamble is the Nickname Hall of Fame. You will see the billboards scattered around the streets and find out their stories. If you are a nature lover you can explore the Warrumbungle National Park, Macquarie Marshes and Pilliga State Forest.