The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
With over 2,000 km of trails and more than 500,000 hectares to explore, Pilliga Forest is one of the main attractions of the Narrabri area. This diverse outback landscape features scenic forest drives, bird routes, walking tracks, and the 'Sculptures in the Scrub' walking track, a series of collaborations between artists and Aboriginal elders.
Moree and Narrabri are located in one of the richest agricultural regions in Australia with several stunning natural attractions to explore. Much of the region lies above the Great Artesian Basin and you'll find ample opportunities to bathe in the warm, therapeutic waters. Start with a relaxing dip at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre and Boomi Artesian Hot Spa. These so-called "fountains of youth" are perfect for soothing aching muscles in mineral-rich water. The Pilliga Forest also has hot, artesian bore baths.
If you enjoy bushwalking and camping, don't miss Mount Kaputar National Park, 50 km east of Narrabri. The Mt Kaputar summit walk takes about 1.5 hours, winding its way through eucalypts to a lookout with stunning 360-degree views. Another highlight is Sawn Rocks, a fine example of the geological formation known as organ-piping. It's a short, easy 20-minute walk through rainforest to a lookout at the foot of the rock formation. Spectacular Waa Gorge is located in the far north of Mount Kaputar National Park. You'll find comfortable cabins in the park, surrounded by beautiful snow gums.
The Pilliga Forest, 44 km from Narrabri, is comprised of the Pilliga Nature Reserve, Pilliga National Park and Timallallie National Park. This vast forest spans more than half a million hectares, which you can explore on walking tracks that pass through large cypress pine forests. Follow the Sandstone Caves walking track to see ancient Aboriginal rock art; the walk is best experienced on a guided tour with an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger.
Other natural attractions include Rocky Creek Glacial Area, a natural remnant from 290 million years ago, and Cranky Rock Reserve, a great spot for picnics, walks and bird-watching. Yarrie Lake is a 3-km lake on the edge of the Pilliga Forest, perfect for boating, fishing and bird-watching.