Located on the Southern side of town and the first motel coming from the Dubbo direction, or from the North and Lightning Ridge, it's through town and the last building on your left heading South towards Dubbo.
Bob and Jean Ware's Artesian Motor Inn is a standout! It's the perfect place to stay in Coonamble tonight! It's also the only motel in town with a restaurant. Your hosts will really look after you during your stay – the price is right and the service is first class.
There are rooms to suit everyone at this budget motel in Coonamble, from singles to families. The rooms are spacious with Queen size beds and each family room has 2 sleeping areas to ensure privacy. Other features include: a refrigerator, flat screen television, air conditioning, and room service.
After a long day on the road, relax at the onsite bar, where you can have a cold a drink at hotel prices and then enjoy a fine meal in the a la carte restaurant, with something on the menu for everyone, including succulent steak, chicken and fresh seafood. And there's always the specials and the children's menu too.
The Artesian Motor Inn features the largest salt water motel pool in town and now has two well lit and FREE BBQ areas for your convenience – utensils and crockery all provided! A playground has also been made available for the kids.
When staying at this accommodation in Coonamble, you will have ample opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Some of the nearby towns include: Combara, Baradine, Quambone, Wingadee, Walgett, Gilgandra and Coonabarabran.
Those staying at the Artesian Motor Inn are often interested in the nearby attractions – whilst we’re sure that you’d love to laze around the pool all day, you’re in town to experience the region to its very fullest!
Many travelling through the town of Coonamble are interested in learning more about the history of the town and the history of our country in general. The good news is that there are a number of historical sites and attractions to visit, including: the Coo-ee Heritage and Information Centre and Museum Under the Bridge (which used to be the police station and now displays artefacts, photographs and even implements from the town’s history).
Those who are interested in learning more about the art and culture of the Coonamble region should pay a visit to the Outback Arts Gallery (which promotes art in the far west) and the Bourbah Street Murals (which were designed by artists Sam Newstead and officially opened in 2002). The town itself is also known for being the Nickname Hall of Fame, so be sure to stop and read some of the billboards scattered around the streets.
If you happen to be in town when one of the following events is being held, be sure to check it out! This is the perfect way to really immerse yourself in the region and what makes it tick. In particular, we recommend: the Coonamble Rodeo & Campdraft (held in June), Coonamble Gold Cup (a traditional outback horse meet held in October), Annual Show (held in May), Gilgandra Rodeo (held in April), and Warrumbungle Festival of the Stars (held in October).
Those who prefer to get outside and breathe in the fresh air will find plenty to keep them amused during stays of all lengths. The Macquarie Marshes are incredibly popular – set on 220,000 hectares and boasting over 300 species of bird and native wildlife. We also recommend the Castlereagh River (which is known as an ‘upside down’ river as it flows mostly beneath the sand), Gilgandra Native Flora Reserve, and Warrumbungle National Park.
There is plenty of delicious local produce to be enjoyed throughout the region, from smooth wines through to flavorful meats. They are known for their cattle, sheep and cotton so these are the sorts of produce you are most likely to encounter. Café 2828 is a community project that is definitely worth dropping into if you have the time – they regularly host a Dinner Under the Stars, where you can book a spot or even a table and enjoy some delicious food.
If you want to get out of town and explore the area around Coonamble, there are plenty of day trips for you to enjoy. The popular city of Dubbo is only 2 hours away – there are plenty of attractions for you to enjoy there. The historical town of Bourke is about 3 hours and 45 minutes away, Walgett is about an hour and a half away, and the Queensland border is only 2 and a half hours away. There are also plenty of smaller towns in between to explore.