The name Koorawatha is from a Wiradjuri dialect and means ‘A place of pine trees’. Once a large thriving centre, the village of Koorawatha is gateway to the Koorawatha Falls and Koorowatha Nature Reserve located in the Illunie Range, favoured for bird watching and family picnics. The township is famous for a gun battle between police and the bushranger Ben Hall at the Bang Bang Hotel. The Hotel was demolished in the 1940s. A cairn now marks the spot of the infamous gun battle.
Bang Bang Hotel in Koorawatha circa 1920Josh Dawes