Relax in natural thermal spas and exploring magnificent wilderness in the Moree and Narrabri area of northwest NSW. There are exhilarating trails for bushwalking and mountain biking in an ancient volcanic landscape, and fishing, canoeing and birdwatching on delightful Yarrie Lake.
Amazing nature getaways
From natural thermal artesian spas to breathtaking lookouts, spectacular scenery and exhilarating trails, the beautiful Moree and Narrabri area in northwest NSW is a perfect natural getaway. Enjoy fishing, boating and birdwatching at Yarrie Lake, on the edge of the Pilliga Forest west of Narrabri.
Fishing is popular too in the Gwydir delta waterways around Moree, which is a scenic drive north of Narrabri along the Newell Highway. Across the region are soothing artesian spas. The mineral-rich waters are heated naturally and tourists flock to these hot spas for their therapeutic properties.
The most famous spa is Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre. There are more natural spas northwest of Moree, including Boomi Artesian Hot Spa and Cold Pools and Mungindi Hot Pool. Southwest of Narrabri is the Pilliga Artesian Bore Baths, which have a water temperature of 37 degrees Celsius.
Nearby is the Salt Caves picnic area in the Pilliga Forest, the largest native forest west of the Great Dividing Range and a sanctuary for hundreds of bird species and many koalas. There are free barbecue facilities in the picnic area, which is a stroll away from a busy wildlife watering hole.
A short drive east of Narrabri is Mount Kaputar National Park, where extinct Nandewar volcanoes tower in this magnificent wilderness. This is a wonderful park for bushwalking, mountain biking and driving. The Kapatur scenic drive ascends 1,100 metres to a summit lookout with breathtaking views.
For the adventurous, the Yulludunida walking track rewards with sweeping views of the park and a mountain crater. Another popular spot for marvellous views of the region as well as bushwalking, birdwatching and picnicking is the Deriah Aboriginal Area, between Narrabri and Mount Kaputar.