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New South Wales
The main street of Coonamble
Population 2,998 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2829
Elevation 180 m (591 ft)
  • 575 km (357 mi) NW of Sydney
  • 164 km (102 mi) N of Dubbo
  • 99 km (62 mi) N of Gilgandra
  • 117 km (73 mi) NW of Coonabarabran
  • 186 km (116 mi) SW of Narrabri
LGA(s) Coonamble
County Leichhardt
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.6 °C
80 °F
11.6 °C
53 °F
500.4 mm
19.7 in

Coonamble is a town on the central-western plains of New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the Castlereagh Highway north-west of Gilgandra. At the 2011 census, Coonamble had a population of 2,998. It is the regional hub for wheat growing and sheep and wool. The name for the town is taken from the Gamilaraay word guna (faeces) and -bil (having a lot of).

The architecturally distinguished convent of the Brigidine nuns in Coonamble was dismantled and transported 600 km (373 mi) to Pokolbin, where it now houses Peppers Convent resort.

Although Coonamble had been a major sheep industry region in the 1980s to 2000, there has recently been an increasing interest in cattle rearing. The summers can have temperatures reaching up to 40 °C (104 °F) and in winter, there are nights as cold as 0 °C (32 °F). Most recently Coonamble has gained media coverage due to their mass floods over Christmas 2009.


Johnny Dunn the bushranger and last of the Ben Hall gang was captured near Coonamble after a gunbattle with police at Christmas 1865.


Coonamble hosts an annual rodeo that is the largest campdraft/rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere around 1,000 people annually come to compete in the rodeo with an average of about 4,000 spectators.

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