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.
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.
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.