Barraba

Tucked into a bend of the Manilla River, Barraba is a great base for birdwatching and outdoor adventure, with the spectacular Mount Kaputar National Park and Split Rock Dam nearby. This delightful country town is also one of the stops on the Fossickers Way touring route.

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

Scenic view of beautiful Mount Kaputar National Park, northern NSW

Located in the New England region of NSW, Barraba is 70 minutes’ drive north of Tamworth and 2h 20min west of Armidale. The drive from Sydney or Brisbane is six hours. You can fly from Sydney to Tamworth and rent a car, or take a scenic train trip from Sydney to Tamworth.

Places to stay include a hotel, motel, caravan park and guesthouse. Soak up the country hospitality as you admire Barraba’s mix of colonial and art deco architecture on Queen Street, and browse local shops. Prized beef cattle graze in the pastures around Barraba.

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

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. You’ll enjoy views of extinct volcanic mountains, as well as mountain biking, bushwalking and 4WD touring in this challenging area.

The adventures continue south of Barraba at Split Rock Dam. Here you can cast a line for Murray cod and golden and silver perch. Pitch a tent at the campground, with amenities including toilets, showers and BBQs. There are boat ramps for sailing and waterskiing.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Mikayla J

    Monday 21 January 2019 to Thursday 24 January 2019 , Tamworth

    Mikayla J will be Performing live in The New Outdoor Arena at The Imperial Brew House for the 2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Mikayla J is a contemporary country music artist from central Queensland.…

    21 Jan - 24 Jan
  2. Eight Second Ride

    Monday 21 January 2019 to Thursday 24 January 2019 , Tamworth

    Eight Second Ride will be Performing live in The New Outdoor Arena at The Imperial Brew House During The 2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Eight Second Ride's front man was a finalist on the legendary X-Factor television talent show…

    21 Jan - 24 Jan
  3. Uncle Bob’s Jug Band

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Sunday 27 January 2019 , Tamworth

    Uncle Bob’s Jug Band will be performing live in The New Outdoor Arena at The Imperial Brew House during the 2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Australia’s most fun loving and award winning ‘Jug Band’ established in 1985. If you haven…

    25 Jan - 27 Jan