Discover more about the Universe at the world-leading CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, a charming town in northwest NSW. Enjoy bushwalking and camping in spectacular Mount Kaputar National Park, where an extinct volcano rises dramatically from the fertile plains.
In the heart of the beautiful Namoi Valley in northwest NSW, Narrabri is home to world-leading astronomy, spectacular wilderness and outdoor adventure, including bushwalking, canoeing and camping. You can try yabbying too at Narrabri Fish Farm, the largest freshwater fish farm in NSW.
The CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array is a short drive west of this charming town. Six dish antennas, on a railway track, work like one huge antenna and explore deep into the Universe. Entry to the observatory is free and there are fascinating exhibits, including films on space and astronomy.
In magnificent Mount Kaputar National Park extinct Nandewar volcanoes rise out of the rich fertile plains. The park is a short drive east of Narrabri and bushwalkers will be thrilled with the tracks such as Sawn Rocks. This easy trail threads to an extraordinary cliff face shaped like giant organ pipes.
The panorama from Mount Kaputar summit lookout is breathtaking. You’ll find many more wonderful things to do and see in and around Narrabri, from the Crossing Theatre and Narrabri Old Gaol and Museum to the Narrabri Show and Wee Waa Show in Wee Waa, northwest of Narrabri.
At the heart of this region is agriculture, producing fine wheat and cotton, prime lamb and juicy beef, and other moreish delights. You can buy local produce, such as olives, wine, honey and pasta (made from quality durum wheat that's locally grown), from the local Visitor Information Centre.
Accommodation options include campgrounds, caravan parks, B&Bs, guesthouses, classic country pubs and motels. In the North West Slopes, Narrabri is a little over six hours’ drive from Sydney and Brisbane. A daily train service operates from Sydney or you can fly to Moree Airport and rent a car.