Narrabri Shire covers an area of some 13,000 square kilometres and is the heart of the rich Namoi Valley in North West New South Wales. The Shire population is 14,477. Narrabri Shire is a scenic seven hour drive from Sydney or Brisbane and is also accessible by train and plane from major centres. Narrabri is set against the backdrop of the Great Dividing Range and on the very fringe of the western plains and is a vibrant centre with the distinction of being recently voted the most sporting town in Australia.
Narrabri offers a host of recreational facilities, including an Olympic pool, 18-hole golf course, bowling club, tennis courts, camping and aquatic retreats. There are three primary schools, one high school and numerous child care centres which cater for the needs of children and people in the Shire.
The majestic skyline of Mount Kaputar National Park peeps through the trees just south of Narrabri. The park features grass and trees clinging to rocky outcrops, vibrant rosellas and parrots flitting through the shimmering emerald haze and Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring gracefully the backdrop of rocky outcrops and deep gorges. From the mountains highest point of 1511 metres there are 360o views encompassing one tenth of NSW.
Narrabri Shire is home to the Australian Cotton Centre. With its interactive exhibits, 3D theatrette and cotton picker, it really is a great attraction for Narrabri.
Narrabri has a wide selection of eating experiences with many menus incorporating fine local produce such as olives, wine and pasta which is made from the high quality durum wheat’s grown in the Bellata area.
The town itself offers riverside parks, great shopping, the crossing theatre and plenty of accommodation, but the real attractions are a short drive into the countryside. The Australia Telescope is located 25 kilometres from Narrabri. There are 6 gleaming white 22 metre dishes that are the most powerful radio telescopes in the Southern Hemisphere. Ten minutes further will have you at Yarrie Lake that provides all facilities for the camper or day tripper. Water skiers are most welcome here but a permit is required.