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Narrabri is located within regional New South Wales, around a 5-and a half-hour drive from the coast and towns such as Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. Narrabri is in the heart of the Namoi Valley, a rich agricultural area. The Namoi Valley is famed for its production of wheat and meat, and the restaurants in the valley are stocked with this fantastic produce. However, there is more to this area than just good food. Narrabri is close to a number of national parks, particularly to the east. The stunning Mount Kaputar National Park is just a short drive east, with the Pilliga Nature Reserve and Timmallallie National Park a short drive south in your rental car.
Narrabri is close to a number of other smaller towns in the region that make for great afternoon or day trips from Narrabri. See towns such as Wee Waa and Boggabri, each with their own attractions, such as local museums that detail the history of the towns with local collections of artefacts. Wee Waa is the oldest settlement in the area and the birthplace of the Australian cotton industry. Filled with historical buildings and fun walks, it is just a 35-minute drive west of Narrabri. Boggabri also has a number of attractions due to its long history, stretching back to 1860, and you will find many colonial area buildings in the area.
Narrabri has a long colonial history and many buildings to explore. Drive around town on a self-driving tour to take in these historic sites. Take a visit to the Narrabri Old Gaol and Museum. The gaol operated for exactly 100 years, beginning in 1882. Shortly after it was closed andthe Narrabri Historical Society turned the site into a museum, with a large collection of artefacts including paintings, uniforms and documents. Surrounding the gaol are also other historical buildings, including the courthouse.
One of Narrabri’s oldest residences has been turned into an arts and crafts store. The Narrabri Art and Craft Society operate the craft shop, which includes a studio and gallery. View the artistic ability of the local craftspeople. The store holds exhibitions for local and visiting artists and includes a shop where you can purchase something unique to remember your time in Narrabri.
One of the top sights in Narrabri is up above you! Narrabri is known around the region for its excellent stargazing opportunities, and the CSIRO’S Australia Telescope Compact Array is just outside Narrabri. The observatory has free entry and holds exhibits and films. It can be easy to forget what the sky looks like outside of big cities and densely populated areas, but Narrabri will bring the stars back into focus.
Narrabri is surrounded by national parks and great opportunities for nature lovers. Mount Kaputar National Park is just an hour’s drive east of Narrabri in your rental car. With stunning rock formations and unforgettable walking trails, it is one of the most picturesque places in the region. If you truly wish to get outdoors, spend the night at one of the park’s campgrounds and gaze up at the sky for a stunning natural display. The park has a number of nature trails, from quiet strolls along timber boardwalks to difficult climbs up to the summit of Mount Kaputar. Drive just a little way south and you will find the largest stretch of nature in all of New South Wales, the Pilliga forest, with over 500,000 hectares of bushlands and 2,000 kilometres of public trails to enjoy.