The spectacular Warrumbungle National Park has once again hosted an amazing night of entertainment with the annual Crooked Mountain Concert on Saturday, 7 November.
Set beneath the backdrop of Belougery Split Rock, the natural amphitheatre of Canyon Picnic Area provided a stunning outlook, atmosphere and brilliant acoustics for this unique event.
Hosted by Professor Fred Watson, from the Australian Astronomical Observatory, the event showcased a range of artists including Annie McKinnon and The Capulets, which both boast Coonabarabran connections.
Popular duo, Busby Marou, from north Queensland, wowed the crowd, and the program culminated with headline act, Boom Crash Opera.
Uncle Casey Dowd delivered the Welcome to Country address, followed by Josh Engelbrecht, senior event coordinator Office of Enivornment and Heritage (OEH), who performed the official opening.
Delicious food, snacks and coffee were provided by local food vendors and the children’s entertainment was a hit with the kids.
As the Sun dipped beneath the horizon, the famous night-sky qualities of the park were illustrated by a cloudless, starry sky.
This allowed Professor Watson to muster support for the park to become a “Dark Sky Park”, free of artifical light pollution.
Firmly established as a major regional tourism event, more than 1200 visitors from across NSW and beyond helped make this year’s Crooked Mountain Concert a great success.
From this number, over 700 concert-goers chose to camp in the park, with many arriving a few days out from the concert or lengthening their stay to enjoy local attractions.
Exclusive tours of Siding Spring Observatory, stargazing, and lantern making workshops were also on offer during the weekend.
The Crooked Mountain Concert roars to life in the foothills of Belougery Split Rock. Photo - OEH/Emily Rouse.