Barraba

Highlights

The great outdoors beckons in Barraba, with birdwatching, fishing, water sports, mountain biking, 4WD touring and bushwalking. This lovely country town in the splendid New England region of NSW is near Split Rock Dam, Horton Falls and Barraba track in spectacular Mount Kaputar National Park.

  • Lookout on Mount Kaputar summit walk - Image; Rob Cleary - National Parks
  • Mt Kaputar National Park - Image; Paul Foley

About Barraba

A birdwatching paradise, Barraba is a charming town in the beautiful New England region of NSW and a great base for outdoor adventure. On the banks of Manilla River, Barraba is near spectacular Mount Kaputar National Park and Split Rock Dam, a pretty spot for fishing, boating and camping.

With more than 190 bird species including the rare Regent honeyeater, Barraba is popular with birdwatchers following bird routes - old droving trails that are signposted. You can pick up birdwatching brochures from the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre on your way to Barraba.

Mount Kaputar National Park Landscape - Image; Rob Cleary - National Parks

Getting to Barraba is easy, with the drive north from Tamworth 70 minutes and west from Armidale two hours. From Sydney or Brisbane the drive is about six hours. You can fly from Sydney to Tamworth Airport and rent a car. Or you can take a relaxing scenic train trip from Sydney to Tamworth.

You’ll find a range of places to stay in Barraba, which is on the Fossickers Way touring route through gemstone country. Soak up the country hospitality as you admire Barraba’s mix of colonial and art deco architecture and browse the shops. In green pastures around Barraba prized beef cattle graze.

Barraba Track - Mount Kaputar National Park. Image; National Parks - Jessica Stokes

A scenic drive west is Horton Falls, where the river drops 83 metres. West of the falls is 4WD-accessible Barraba track in Mount Kaputar National Park and splendid views of extinct volcanic mountains. You’ll relish mountain biking, bushwalking and 4WD touring in this challenging area.

More adventures are south of Barraba at Split Rock Dam. You can cast a line into the tranquil waterway for Murray cod and golden and silver perch. Pitch a tent at a campground, with amenities including toilets, showers and barbecues. There are boat ramps too for sailing and waterskiing.

Fly into Tamworth Airport

Tamworth Airport is 10km from Tamworth’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip east. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasLink and Virgin Australia operate direct flights daily to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Tamworth.