Bounded by the Ottley Creek and surrounded by picturesque bushland,
Coolatai is a tiny settlement with some big surprises.

Coolatai lies on a popular touring route that extends from Warialda to Brisbane, via Yetman, avoiding heavy traffic and winding roads.

In easy reach of larger centres, including Inverell, Coolatai makes a good base for the self-contained traveller wanting to explore the region. The Kwiambal National Park, McIntyre Falls and Lemon Tree Flat are great day trips and provide the chance of a swim. Originally an employees’ settlement for the once massive Coolatai station, it had a school, two churches, store, telephone exchange, race meetings and sporting clubs, as well as the all important and still flourishing Wallaroo Hotel. Stories of the Coolatai panther persist, and the beast just keeps growing. First ‘seen’ in 1958, by 1970 it was said to be breeding. A local resident wrote to the Inverell Times to record his sighting, and another reader responded that the person seeing it had been drinking.

The visitor of today can walk through the groves of rough barked apple, camp close to the creek and enjoy an evening in the hotel. Probably not a good idea to go walking afterwards if you are scared of big cats! More seriously, the surrounding bushland, with plenty of hollow trees and fallen logs is home to a wide variety of birds, reptiles – including the long-lived social lizard known as Cunningham’s Skink – amphibians, mammals and many types of tree. Several small cemeteries are to be found near the town, and the village has its own war memorial.

Accommodation and Services

The Faraway Domes
This spectacular boutique accommodation offers a getaway that soothes the senses and oozes luxury.
405 Munsies Road Warialda NSW 2402 | 0421 935 843 |

The Wallaroo Hotel

15 Yetman Road (02) 6729 9273
Accommodation, counter meals, and essential supplies including beer, ice, gas, bread and milk. The Wallaroo is a great place to hang out and meet the locals.

Coolatai Sports Ground

Free camping in a peaceful, pretty location, with barbeques. Hot showers available for a donation.


Vintage Tractor Pull – (May)
Coolatai’s very own two-day tractor pull boasts lovingly-restored vintage machines that transform the town common into a caravan city! Come along, meet the locals, stay and camp, see the tractors in action and enjoy a fabulous array of market stalls. For more information, please visit the Coolatai Vintage Tractor Pull Facebook page.