is a town on the central-western plains of New South Wales
. It lies on the Castlereagh Highway
north-west of Gilgandra
. At the 2006 census
, Coonamble had a population of 2,549. It is the regional hub for wheat
growing and sheep
The architecturally distinguished convent of the Brigidine nuns in Coonamble was dismantled and transported 600 kilometres 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 40 degrees Celsius and in winter, there are days as cold as 0-1 degrees Celsius. Most recently Coonamble has gained media coverage due to their mass floods over Christmas 2009.
Coonamble has three schools: Coonamble Public School, St Brigids Catholic School and Coonamble High School.
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.
Coonamble has their own local radio station, 2MTM 91.9FM, which has a wide variety of music from country to modern.
The Coonamble Bears play in the Castlereagh......