Explore world-class astronomy and spectacular wilderness in Narrabri, in the beautiful Namoi Valley in northwest NSW. The town is a great base for outdoor adventure, from bushwalking, canoeing and camping to yabbying at Narrabri Fish Farm, the largest freshwater fish farm in NSW.

The CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array is a short drive west, where 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 intriguing exhibits, including films on astronomy and space.

Dish antennas pointing skyward, CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array, Narrabri

The magnificent Mount Kaputar National Park is a short drive east of Narrabri, and a perfect spot for camping, cycling, walking, horseriding and birdwatching. The Sawn Rocks walking track leads to a cliff face shaped like giant organ pipes – a reminder of Mount Kaputar’s volcanic past.

The panorama from the Mount Kaputar Summit lookout is breathtaking. You’ll find more wonderful things to do in and around Narrabri, from the Crossing Theatre and the Narrabri Old Gaol Heritage Museum to the Narrabri Show and the Wee Waa Show in Wee Waa, northwest of Narrabri.

A volcanic plug in Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri

An agricultural heartland, the region produces fine wheat and cotton, prime lamb and juicy beef. You can buy local produce such as olives, wine, honey and pasta (made from quality durum wheat that's locally grown) from the Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre.

Accommodation options include campgrounds, caravan parks, B&Bs, country pubs and motels. In the North West Slopes region, Narrabri is about 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.