Moree and Narrabri natural wonders
Admire spectacular scenery from lookouts, soak in thermal artesian spas and trek through national park dotted with ancient volcanic remnants. The Moree and Narrabri area in northwest NSW is a natural playground. Enjoy fishing, boating and birdwatching at Yarrie Lake, on the edge of Pilliga Forest.
Fishing is also popular in the Gwydir delta waterways around Moree, which is a scenic drive north of Narrabri. Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the region’s soothing artesian spas, enjoying the therapeutic properties of the mineral-rich, naturally heated waters.
The most famous spa is the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre. There are more natural spas northwest of Moree, including the Boomi Artesian Hot Spa and Cold Pools, and the Mungindi Hot Pool. Southwest of Narrabri is the Pilliga Artesian Bore Baths, with a water temperature of 37 degrees Celsius.
Nearby is the Salt Caves picnic area in 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 BBQ facilities in the picnic area, which is a stroll away from a busy wildlife watering hole.
A short drive east of Narrabri is the Mount Kaputar National Park, a great spot for bushwalking, mountain biking and driving. Uncover Mount Kaputar’s volcanic past on the Sawn Rocks walking track. The Kaputar scenic drive climbs 1,100 metres to a summit lookout with stunning views.
For adventurers, the Yulludunida walking track rewards with sweeping views of the park and a mountain crater. Another tranquil spot for superb views of the region as well as bushwalking, birdwatching and picnicking is the Deriah Aboriginal Area, between Narrabri and Mount Kaputar.