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.
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.
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.