Wee Waa

Bales of cotton, Tourism New South Wales

Population 1692

Wee Waa is a dynamic rural community near the Namoi River and also the base for the Namoi Cotton Cooperative, the largest grower-owned organisation in the country. Cotton has only been grown here since the 1960s, but the town claims to be the 'cotton capital of Australia'. Wee Waa, meaning 'fire for roasting', comes from the local Aboriginal language.

Visitor Information

Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre, Newell Hwy, Narrabri; (02) 6799 6760 or 1800 659 931


Nearby national parks

  • 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

  • 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

  • Goulburn River National Park

    At the heart of this national park is the Goulburn River, flanked by a deep gorge of sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves. Wide sandy...more

Nearby towns

  • Narrabri

    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...more

  • Moree

    Moree sits at the junction of the Mehi and Gwydir rivers and is the centre of the thriving local farming district. Thanks to its rich...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

In Town

Museum: fascinating display of machinery, artefacts and documents pertaining to the history of the Wee Waa district. Open Wed–Sat at various times; Rose St; (02) 6796 1760.


Guided cotton gin and farm tour First the tour visits a local cotton farm to view the picking and pressing of cotton into modules ready for transporting to the cotton gin. At the gin the cotton is transformed from modules into bales and then goes to the classing department for sorting. Runs Mar–Aug; bookings (02) 6799 6760.

Cuttabri Wine Shanty The slab-construction shanty was built in 1882 and was once a Cobb & Co coach stop between Wee Waa and Pilliga. It was issued the 2nd liquor licence in Australia and is the only wine shanty still operating in the country. 25 km SW.

Yarrie Lake: boating, swimming and birdwatching; 24 km S.

Cubbaroo Cellars: cellar-door tastings and sales; 48 km W.

Barren Junction: hot artesian bore baths (over 100 years old) in a pleasant location surrounded by tamarind trees; 51 km W.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Wee Waa Chinese Restaurant

Wee Waa is well known as one of the major cotton-growing areas in the country, and this is a down-to-earth country restaurant – there’s not a lot of romantic ambience in the typical country bowling club... Find out more

Wee Waa Hot Bread Shop

The aroma of freshly baked bread wafts from this hot bread shop, where light meals and snacks are served at the bakery cafe, and customers line up for takeaway pies, sausage rolls and sandwiches. The cafe is also open in... Find out more

Campsites around town

Yarrie Lake camping area 18 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

Schwagers Bore camping area 43 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

Artesian Bore Baths Reserve 46 km

If you’re on Pilliga Rd between Walgett and Narrabri and feel like washing off the outback dust, pop in to Burren Junction, 48 km west of Wee Waa. You can put up a tent or book a cabin – and plunge into the... Find out more

Salt Caves camping area 59 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 61 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 66 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

Bark Hut camping area 67 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 70 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 87 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

Rocky Creek Glacial camping areas 87 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

Caravan parks around town

Big Sky Caravan Park 35 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 91 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

Wee Waa Motel

Fringed by a flotilla of well-established palm trees and close to the town centre, Wee Waa Motel has 19 ground-floor family, double and twin guest rooms, with all the regular motel conveniences: a microwave, TVs and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pilliga No. 2 rest area 35 km

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

Secluded among trees just off the highway.

Tookey Creek rest area 51 km

48km S of Moree (L)

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

Pilliga rest area 56 km

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

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Yaminba rest area 70 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Moree Park Area 94 km

North side of town

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

Boolooroo rest area 100 km

8km NE of Moree (L) or 106km SW of Boggabilla (R)

Adjacent to the highway and under a couple of trees.

What's on around town

Wee Waa Show: May.

Village Fest: food, music and games; June.

Rodeo: Sept.

Christmas Mardi Gras: Dec.

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