> Warrumbungle National Park is accessible via Coonamble, Baradine and Gilgandra, but its closest town is Coonabarabran, 25km to the east
> The jagged rock formations of the Warrumbungles were formed by lava flowing from an ancient volcano, active 14 million years ago
> So suited to stargazing is the Warrumbungle NP, in 2016 it was proclaimed the first ‘dark-sky park’ in the Southern Hemisphere by the International Dark Sky Association (yes, it exists)
> Camper trailer camping is available at several camping grounds within the park, including Camp Blackman where we stayed. Entry costs $8 per vehicle per day plus $6 ($12) per adult and $3.50/$6 per child for camping at an unpowered (powered) site per night.
> Visit www.nationalparks.nsw.
gov.au/visit-a-park or phone (02) 6825 4364 for more information on Warrumbungle NP.
> Visit the Siding Spring Observatory atwww. siding spring observatory. com.au for more.