Barraba

Ironbark Goldfield, Tourism Tamworth Ltd

Population 1163

The tree-lined streets of Barraba lie in the valley of the Manilla River. Surrounded by the Nandewar Ranges, Horton Valley and undulating tablelands, Barraba is a quiet and idyllic town. The area was once busy with mining and, although some mines still operate, the main industries today centre around sheep and wool.

Visitor Information

Barraba Visitor Information Centre, 116 Queen St; (02) 6782 1255.

Nearby national parks

  • Warrabah National Park

    The Namoi River winds its way through the heart of the tranquil Warrabah National Park as it flows towards the Western Plains. Giant granite...more

  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

    Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, much of it World Heritage–listed, is a stunning environment of majestic gorges, deeply incised river...more

  • Guy Fawkes River National Park

    Guy Fawkes National Park in the state’s north-east is isolated, extensive and wild. The Guy Fawkes River winds its way through the...more

Nearby towns

  • Manilla

    This rural town is located at the junction of the Manilla and Namoi rivers and surrounded by attractive rural countryside. Its location...more

  • Bingara

    Located in the centre of an area known as Fossickers Way, Bingara is an old gold- and diamond-mining town in the Gwydir River Valley. Gold...more

  • Gunnedah

    At the heart of the Namoi Valley, Gunnedah is instantly recognisable by the grain silos that tower over the town. The area is abundant with...more

In Town

Heritage walk The walk takes in a heritage-listed organ and historic buildings such as the courthouse, church, clock tower and the visitor centre itself. The Commercial Hotel on Queen St was once a Cobb & Co changing station.

Clay Pan and Fuller Gallery: exhibits art, craft and pottery; Queen St.

The Playhouse: accommodation including a theatre and exhibition space; Queen St; (02) 6782 1109.

Nearby

Mt Kaputar National Park This park is excellent for hiking, rising as high as 1200 m, and is the site of the now extinct Nandewar Volcano. The diverse vegetation ranges from semi-arid woodland to wet sclerophyll forest and alpine growth. Wildlife is abundant, especially bats, birds and quolls. Access to the park from Barraba is by foot only, although permission for 4WD access can be granted by the visitor centre. 48 km W.

Adams Lookout: panoramic views of the town and countryside; 5 km NE.

Millie Park Vineyard: organic wine cellar-door tastings and sales; 5 km N.

Glen Riddle Recreation Reserve: on Manilla River north of Split Rock Dam, for boating, fishing and picnicking; 15 km SE.

Ironbark Creek: gold and mineral fossicking, with ruins of old village; 18 km E.

Horton River Falls: 83 m waterfall, swimming and bushwalking; 38 km W.

Birdwatching trails: the 165 species in the area include the rare regent honeyeater. Guides are available from the visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Copeton 64 km

Lake Copeton has an excellent catchment area, fed by the Gwydir River and runoff from the New England Tablelands. The lake is about 46 km west of Inverell on the Gwydir Highway. Its dam wall was constructed primarily to... Find out more


Campsites around town

Glenriddle Reserve camping area 10 km

Glenriddle Reserve is set in the northern reaches of Split Rock Dam, 15 km south of Barraba and roughly 100 km north of Tamworth on Fossickers Way. The dam is popular with fishing and boating aficionados, and the Barraba... Find out more


Little Creek Recreation Reserve 19 km

You’ll find this small camping area 20 km north-west of Barraba via Trevallyn Rd. Barraba is on the Fossickers Way, and offers visitors plenty of activities such as swimming, boating and fishing at Split Rock... Find out more


Split Rock Dam camping area 23 km

Another worthwhile stop-off on the Fossickers Way, 64 km north of Tamworth. The town of Manilla, 20 km south of the dam, is a popular hang-gliding and paragliding spot. The dam is stocked with Murray cod and golden and... Find out more


Horton Falls camping area 27 km

This is a small and simple camping spot 39 km west of Barraba, which is on Fossickers Way. It’s 2WD access in dry weather only, via Mt Lindsay Rd off Trevallyn Rd. Bring drinking water and firewood and be prepared... Find out more


Warrabah camping area 36 km

Hiking, swimming, fishing and canoeing are possible at this campground, on the Namoi River beside the park’s southern boundary. Campers are asked to stick to numbered campsites. For those seeking some bush... Find out more


Dawsons Spring camping area 44 km

Just past the Mt Kaputar summit on the main access road, Dawsons Spring is a larger camping area with access to the medium–difficult Summit Walk (2 km, 1.5 hr) and Bundabulla Circuit Track (3 km, 3 hr), and the... Find out more


Bark Hut camping area 47 km

There are 15 camping spots here, on the main access road about 6 km from Mt Kaputar. This is the starting point for the demanding Scutts Hut walk (19 km, 6 hr), which should only be undertaken by fit, experienced and... Find out more


Rocky Creek Glacial camping areas 50 km

Rocky Creek is a picturesque string of placid waterholes formed by glacial activity about 290 million years ago. There are numerous camping areas scattered along the creek, but they’re pretty basic; bring your own... Find out more


Gwydir River camping areas 53 km

Bingara is a quaint and friendly town, 100 km north-east of Narrabri on the Gwydir River. There’s a 10 km area eastward from the town on Keera Rd where casual riverside bush camping is available. You can swim, fish... Find out more


Lake Keepit State Park camping area 57 km

This is a great family camping spot, 54 km west of Tamworth and 38 km east of Gunnedah via Keepit Dam Rd off the Oxley Hwy. It’s a little slice of outdoor paradise: everything from hang-gliding lessons and golf to... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Big Sky Caravan Park 79 km

Conveniently located in the heart of town, this is a large grassy caravan park within walking distance of the main street and close to the RSL club. It is a good friendly park close to the highway and is ideal for a few... Find out more


Kootingal Kourt Caravan Park 84 km

Conveniently located alongside the New England Highway, this tidy park is ideal for an overnight stop. It is also a good base for those attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival during January, when a booking is... Find out more


Paradise Tourist Park 85 km

The park is within walking distance from the centre of Tamworth and is extremely popular during the country music festival. Bookings are required at peak times, however bookings are not accepted during the month of... Find out more


Austin Tourist Park 88 km

This large park just 4 km from the town centre offers a range of facilities. A minimum period of 14 days applies during the country music festival. Bookings are also required at other peak times. Small dogs only are... Find out more


Country Road Caravan Park 90 km

A popular stopover on the New England Highway, this park has good facilities and is an ideal base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Uralla Caravan Park 90 km

Located one block from the New England Highway and within easy walking distance of the town, this is a clean and tidy park suitable for short or longer visits.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Barraba Motel

The secluded Barraba Motel, set back from the main road but just a 200-metre walk from the post office, is an ideal base for exploring the sheep-laden New England area, or enjoying the town’s 70-metre water slide... Find out more


Playhouse Hotel

The word ‘playhouse’ refers to the on-site theatre, rather than a child’s dream come true. This sweet boutique accommodation includes a sunny restaurant, leafy courtyard and studio-style, 80-seat... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Bendemeer park area 76 km

At Bendemeer

At the memorial park via the street into town. 


Bells rest area 80 km

46km SE of Warialda (R) or 15km NW of Inverell (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Airport rest area 80 km

9km W of Tamworth (R) or 70km E of Gunnedah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the airport.


Dumboy Creek rest area 85 km

25km SE of Warialda (R) or 36km NW of Inverell (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Runnymede rest area 85 km

4km E of Inverell (L) or 63km W of Glenn Innes (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Kyabra rest area 85 km

72km N of Tamworth (L) or 39km S of Armidale (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.


Tamworth park area 87 km

At Tamworth

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.


Thunderbolts Rock park area 89 km

82km N of Tamworth (R) or 29km S of Armidale (L)

Just off the highway behind the rock.


Woolbrook rest area 90 km

At Woolbrook

Grassed area 1km off the highway on the riverbank.


Red Bank rest area 92 km

63km W of Tamworth (R) or 13km E of Gunnedah (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway on the banks of a creek.


Koorligur rest area 93 km

3km E of Warialda (R) or 58km W of Inverell (L)

Just off the highway among some trees.


Cunninghams rest area 93 km

78km E of Moree (L) or 2km W of Warialda (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Pilliga No. 2 rest area 94 km

95km N of Coonabarabran (R) or 23km S of Narrabri (L)

Secluded among trees just off the highway.


Meridian rest area 95 km

27km SW of Gunnedah (R) or 79km NE of Coonabarabran (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Tookey Creek rest area 97 km

48km S of Moree (L)

Adjacent to the highway and surrounded by scrub. For southbound only.


What's on around town

Market: 1st Sat each month; Queen St.

Australia's Smallest Country Music Festival: Jan.

Barraba Agricultural Show and Rodeo: Feb/Mar.

Australia's Smallest Jazz and Blues Festival: Easter.

Frost Over Barraba: art show; July.

BarrArbor Festival: celebration of culture; Nov.

Horton Valley Rodeo: Dec.

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