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New South Wales
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Coolah is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 1,290 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2843
  • 370 km (230 mi) NW of Sydney
  • 136 km (85 mi) NE of Dubbo
  • 80 km (50 mi) NW of Merriwa
LGA(s) Warrumbungle Shire
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes

Coolah is a town in the central western part of New South Wales, Australia in Warrumbungle Shire. At the 2016 census, Coolah had a population of 1,290. The name Coolah is derived from the Port Jackson Pidgin English word meaning "angry".


The Coolah area was first settled by pastoralists around 1840.

Coolah Post Office opened on 1 January 1849.

Coolah was served by a branch railway from March 1920 until May 1975.

Cadbury Schweppes introduced a citrus-flavored energy drink in the US in 2006 named Coolah Energy. The text on the packaging for this product refers to the Australian Cadbury Schweppes product Solo as its inspiration, along with the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the town of Coolah.

Coolah is the location of the first Australian memorial commemorating The Battle of Long Tan. A total of 18 trees were planted along Coolah's Vietnam Memorial Avenue, one for each Australian soldier killed during the battle.


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