Due to the location close to Siding Spring Observatory, astronomy has quite an impact on the Coonabarabran community. Many visitors drive up to the observatory and participate in a guided tour of the facilities. Other than in Sutherland, South Africa, for instance, no public stargazing-sessions are offered here. However, quite some people living close to the observatory are amateur astronomers and have telescopes set up on their properties. They offer private stargazing – often in combination with a real “Aussie Barbecue”, which makes the event a great opportunity to experience some real country hospitality along with incredibly clear night skies.