It is an agricultural based town, with many chicken and egg farms. It is nestled in a small valley in the Moonbi Range, part of the Great Dividing Range. Kootingal is located on the right bank of the Cockburn River. Kootingal is located between the villages of Moonbi to the north and Nemingha to the south. It is located 474km north west of Sydney and 20km north east of Tamworth on the New England Highway.
Kootingal holds an annual Pumpkin Festival and Outdoor Leisure Show in April at the Kootingal sports ground. There is a variety of stalls and the show is suitable for all ages.
Tamworth is situated on the Main North railway line. Trains no longer continue all the way to the Queensland border, but the town is still served by the Countrylink Xplorer service between Sydney and Armidale.