Park Wild Observatory, Tourism New South Wales

Population 6104

The fledgling town of Narrabri was devastated by a flood in 1864, but was rebuilt and grew in regional importance from 1865 when the newly constructed courthouse took over local services from Wee Waa. Cotton was introduced to the area in 1962 and the region now enjoys one of Australia's largest yields. This success has brought prosperity to Narrabri and surrounding towns.

Visitor Information

107–109 Tibbereena St; (02) 6799 6760 or 1800 659 931

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

  • Warrumbungle National Park

    At Warrumbungle National Park rocky spires emerge from the heavily forested valleys and peaks, and gorges slice deep into the landscape....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

Nearby towns

  • Wee Waa

    Wee Waa is a dynamic rural community near the Namoi River and also the base for the Namoi Cotton Cooperative, the largest grower-owned...more

  • Barraba

    The tree-lined streets of Barraba lie in the valley of the Manilla River. Surrounded by the Nandewar Ranges, Horton Valley and undulating...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

Old Gaol and Museum: historic museum with local artefacts. Night tours of the gaol on offer; Barwan St.

Riverside park: pleasant surroundings next to the Namoi River with barbecue and picnic facilities; Tibbereena St.

Self-guide town walk: historic buildings including the original courthouse (1865) and police residence (1879); leaflet from visitor centre.


Paul Wild Observatory Here you'll find an impressive line of 22 m diameter antennas all facing the sky. They are connected on a rail track and are moved around to get full coverage. A 6th antenna lies 3 km away, and all 6 are sometimes connected with telescopes at Coonabarabran and Parkes. The visitor centre features a video, displays and an opportunity to view the telescope; open Mon–Fri (weekends during school holidays); 25 km W.

Yarrie Lake: birdwatching, waterskiing and windsurfing; 32 km W.

Scenic drive: includes Mt Kaputar National Park (see Barraba) and cotton fields; leaflet from visitor centre.

Campsites around town

Yarrie Lake camping area 25 km

There are a number of camping areas around the shoreline. Note that the lake can be dry at times, so if you’re keen to partake in the fishing, swimming, sailing and paddling that’s available when the lake is... Find out more

Bark Hut camping area 34 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

Dawsons Spring camping area 37 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

Horton Falls camping area 53 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

Schwagers Bore camping area 54 km

This is a quiet spot tucked away near the bore, 51 km west of Baradine via Cumbil Rd and Pilliga Forest Way. It’s dry-weather access only, and you’ll need to bring your own drinking water.... Find out more

Rocky Creek Glacial camping areas 61 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

Little Creek Recreation Reserve 63 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

Salt Caves camping area 66 km

This is a relatively informal camping area with picnic tables and wood BBQs. There’s a short walk to a nearby dam, where you’ll have a chance to spot some of the 240 bird species found in the area. This is... Find out more

Rocky Creek Mill camping area 75 km

Once the site of a thriving timber-mill community, this is now a quiet and spacious camping area 29 km north of Baradine. To get here, take the Cumbil Rd from Baradine and turn onto Pilliga Forest Way. Note: this is... Find out more

The Aloes camping area 79 km

Keep your eyes peeled for koalas and plenty of aloe plants at this camping spot, 23 km north of Baradine near Etoo Creek. To get here, follow Cumbil Rd from Baradine and take the Pilliga Forest Way. Note: dry-weather... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big Sky Caravan Park 1 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

Gwydir Carapark 93 km

This park is located on the southern approach to Moree, about 3 km from the town centre. It has good amenities but its most attractive feature is the hot mineral spa and pool. A relaxing dip in a thermal pool is very... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Dawsons Spring Cabins

Dawsons Spring’s three self-contained cabins are situated in Mount Kaputar National Park. Manning and Logan cabins sleep six guests, while Dickson cabin is ideal for smaller families. The cabins are especially... Find out more

Nandewar Motor Inn

Nandewar Motor Inn offers clean and friendly motel accommodation just a couple of blocks from the centre of town, and a short drive from tourist sites such as Mount Kaputar National Park. Set on 1.2 hectares of open... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pilliga No. 2 rest area 23 km

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

Secluded among trees just off the highway.

Tookey Creek rest area 50 km

48km S of Moree (L)

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

Pilliga rest area 50 km

66km N of Coonabarabran (R) or 52km S of Narrabri (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Yaminba rest area 66 km

52km N of Coonabarabran (R) or 66km S of Narrabri (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Red Bank rest area 83 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.

Meridian rest area 84 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Oxleys Crossing rest area 92 km

75km SW of Gunnedah (R) or 31km NE of Coonabarabran (L)

Just off the highway in the scrub behind the parking bay.

Moree Park Area 97 km

North side of town

Parking area just off the highway. Good facilities. Limited shade.

Gum Flat camping area 100 km

T/O 25km E of Moree (L) or 55km W of Warialda (R)

Secluded area 3km (unsealed) north of the highway on the riverbank.

What's on around town

Rodeo: Mar.

Nosh on the Namoi: food and wine festival; Mar.

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