Barraba is a beautiful country town that lies along the Manilla River, six hours from Sydney and Brisbane and just over an hour from Tamworth. Located in the heart of the Nandewar Ranges, Barraba is in between the spectacular Mount Kaputar National Park and the geological diversity of the Peel Fault. The town's location ensures there is plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure and is well-known as a bird-watchers paradise. Home to nearly 200 species of bird including the critically engandered regent honeyeater, avid birdwatchers will enjoy the many bird routes to the best sight seeing spots. The region is also celebrated for its world-class beef production from the many top class cattle studs based in the district.
The town itself has a rich history displayed through the mix of art deco and colonial buildings and the musuems that preserve the town's heritage. From it's original establishment in the mid to late 1800s to today where the town is known as a trendy arts and culture hub, Barraba has maintained its thriving community spirit and country charm.
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Barraba is known as a birdwatching paradise, made famous through the development of the first bird routes in Australia. There are 14 routes that follow old drover trails, which take birdwatchers to the best viewing spots. With nearly 200 species of bird in the area as well as the critically engdangered regent honeyeater, Barraba draws in birdwatchers from national and international locations. You can pick up birdwatching brochures from the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre.
Mount Kaputar National Park
Mount Kaputar National Park is located 56Kms east of Narrabri and is part of a volcanic skeleton of a once active volcano, which rises to the Nandewar Ranges. The Nandewar Volcano is only one in a diminishing chain of volcanic centres formed as the Australian plate moved over a hot spot in the earth's mantle. The others, forming afterwards, have left an intriguing arc-like trail extending from the Nandewars through the Warrumbungles and Mt Canabolas. There are many spectacular bushwalks, look outs, camping areas and cabin accommodation and from the summit of Mt Kaputar, an impressive one tenth of New South Wales is visible.
Sawn Rocks is without doubt one of the most spectacular remnants of our nation's volcanic history. An all weather walking track through giant Moreton Bay figs, tall eucalypts and dainty maiden hair ferns, gives way to an elevated walkway leading to a platform that leads to the rocks. The pillars jut starkly from the bed of Bobbiwaa Creek below. The forty (40) metre high cliff face is the sheered off remains of a basalt lava flow from the Nandewar Volcano which dominated the area 21 million years ago. When the molten rock within the basalt lava flow cooled slowly and, importantly, evenly, this enabled the individual crystals within the molten rock to align perfectly with each other. While this type of five-sided (pentagonal) "organ piping" is not rare to lava flows it is exceptionally rare to find
Horton Falls National Park
Horton Falls is located just 38kms west of Barraba on the way to Mount Kaputar National Park. The Falls are 83 metres high and offer swimming opportunities in the rock pools below or Top Falls. The Park also has lookouts, camping or cabin accommodation, hiking, cycling, horse riding and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy. Be awed by the amazing rock formations, stunning scenery and towering forests in this beautiful wilderness escape.
Rocky Creek Glacial Area
The Rocky Creek Glacial Area is a unique 290 million year old conglomerate of boulders, crystal rock pools and sandy beaches. The glacial creek bed looks like a nice polished surface but upon closer inspection you can see that the rock surface is made up of many different sizes and types of stones that have been cemented together with finer gravels, sand and clay over time. This geological wonder is a must see when travelling to Barraba or surrounding areas and is idyllic for exploring, bushwalking, swimming or camping.
Split Rock Dam