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.

Mount Kaputar National Park, Moree and Narrabri Area

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.

Barraba Track, Mount Kaputar National Park

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.


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  1. Tamworth Farmers Market

    Sunday 13 May 2018 to Sunday 08 July 2018 , Tamworth

    Produce from Farmers, Makers and Bakers of the regions brought to the people on the second Sunday of most months. Excluding January which is Tamworth Country Music Festival month. Enter through the sandstone gates into Bicentennial Park, K…

    13 May - 08 Jul
  2. Currabubula Art Show

    Thursday 17 May 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Tamworth

    This annual Art Exhibition at Currabubula Memorial Hall, organised by the Currabubula Red Cross, starts with supper and refreshments on the opening night on Thursday. Artists exhibiting in this popular exhibition are not only local but co…

    17 May - 20 May
  3. NCHA Futurity

    Monday 28 May 2018 to Sunday 10 June 2018 , Tamworth

    The annual NCHA Tamarang Futurity is the richest three year old horse performance event in Australia with prize money of over AUD700,000 on offer. The Futurity features the best Cutting Horse action in Australia with competitors and spect…

    28 May - 10 Jun