Barraba abounds with natural beauty. As well as being tucked into a bend of the Manilla River, this little country town is surrounded by the Nandewar Ranges and the Horton Valley. Fittingly, it’s the perfect spot for outdoor adventure and also has a reputation as being a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Scenic view of beautiful Mount Kaputar National Park, Northern NSW

Things to do

As a former mining town, it’s no surprise Barraba is on the Fossickers Way touring route, a picturesque trail from Sydney to Brisbane that takes you through gemstone country. Before you go on your way, soak up the country hospitality, take in the mix of colonial and art deco architecture on Queen Street and browse local shops.

A 4WD vehicle on the Barraba track, Mount Kaputar National Park

Outdoor adventures

Horton Falls is a scenic drive west, where the Horton River drops 83 metres. West of the falls is the 4WD-accessible Barraba track in Mount Kaputar National Park. Bike, walk or drive the steep track through towering native trees to be rewarded with spectacular views of extinct volcanic mountains, lush greenery and distant peaks.

The adventures continue south of Barraba at Split Rock Dam. Fishers know this is the place to catch Murray cod and golden and silver perch, while the boat ramps make it a popular spot for sailing and waterskiing. Pitch a tent at the campground, where the amenities include toilets, showers and barbecues.

Barraba is a birdwatcher’s paradise and home to 200 bird species, including the critically endangered regent honeyeater and the turquoise parrot. Bird routes, which follow old driving trails, cover the best sighting spots. Pick up bird-watching brochures from the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre.

Eat & drink

Prized beef cattle graze in the pastures around Barraba, so you can’t go wrong with ordering a steak. Local cafes include Queen Street Café, Polkadot and Country Coffee House. The Barraba RSL and Recreation Club is a typical country club with a bistro and the Playhouse Hotel has a more contemporary menu.

Getting there 

Barraba is a six-hour drive from both Sydney and Brisbane, and just over an hour from Tamworth. You can also catch the train or fly to Tamworth and hire a car to explore the region. 

Tamworth Airport

Fly into Tamworth Regional Airport

Tamworth Regional Airport is 10km from Tamworth’s town centre. Make the short trip into the city using the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Qantas operates direct flights between Sydney and Tamworth daily, and Link Airways operates direct flights between Tamworth and Brisbane six days a week.

Things to Do and Places to Stay