Peel River levee bank track
The Peel River levee bank follows the top of the levee banks from Scotts Road in the south to Jewry Street in the north of Tamworth. There are also a number of fitness stations along this track where the energetic can tone up or work out on a variety of fitness equipment apparatus. It is a fully sealed and gently undulating track along the river, suitable to walk, run or cycle.
Out from Barraba, Horton Falls Reserve is great for the bushwalker. For the fitter person, there’s a two-hour walk to the base of the gorge, for which the reward is stunning scenery – but there’s also an easier track from the carpark to the top of the falls. In this reserve, you can also take a swim or rough it camping.
Oxley Scenic Lookout & Kamilaroi Walking Track
The Oxley Scenic Lookout provides visitors with panoramic views of the city of Tamworth and Peel River Valley. The Lookout is surrounded by natural bushland and is the base camp for the Kamilaroi Walking Track, which winds its way through the bushland of Oxley Park linking the Marsupial Park, Oxley Lookout and Flagstaff Mountain over a distance of several kilometres.
Some sections of the walk track are moderate however other sections are quite challenging. The Lookout is located at the top of White Street and is easily accessible by vehicle (gates are locked at night). There free parking, toilets and picnic facilities available for visitors.
Riverside Walk, Nundle
Check out Nundle’s Riverside Walk – a shared walk/cycleway that follows the lovely Peel River.
Rocky Creek Glacial Area
About 45 minutes north-west of Barraba, discover the geological wonders of the Rocky Creek Glacial area. It dates back some 290 million years to the Carboniferous Period, and so many of the original glacial landscape features have been eroded away and replaced by those typically associated with running water. It's a great picnic spot, and also a great place to have a swim. Camping is permitted, however there are no facilities.
Just beyond Hanging Rock village near Nundle are the Sheba Dams, a lovely spot for a picnic or a bushwalk. There are barbecue facilities, and the bush setting is replete with trees, birds, lizards, wallabies and pademelons. And the fish are known to bite here too.
The area is regarded as good fossicking country, with zircons, sapphires and other semi-precious stones to be found.
Warrabah National Park
North of Tamworth is Warrabah National Park, a tranquil national park split by the stunning Namoi River. Massive granite boulders are set above the valley’s tranquil pools where you can fish, swim or picnic. Sections of the river offer challenging rapids, which are perfect for canoeing adventures.
For more information on Warrabah National Park, head to the National Parks website to download a Country NSW pocket guide.