Fast becoming known as an arts hub…
…thanks to its well-recognised silo and street art, Barraba is a road-trip destination that definitely ticks the “photo opportunity” box.
Just over an hour up the road to the north of Tamworth, the RV-friendly town of Barraba is a destination on the hit list for lovers of the arts, and it’s about time it was added to yours too!
The town was established in the late 1800s on the back of grazing and the gold rush, named for the Kamilaroi word meaning “camping place on the edge of a river”. It became known for the wool and wheat produced nearby, however today, it’s world-class beef production you’ll be hearing about.
Choose your experience in Barraba
Adventure and nature await you in Barraba and surrounds. Known for being a bird watchers paradise it has an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty ready to discover. If you are after something faster paced check out the many hiking, camping and 4×4 options.
Thinking of spending the night? Put your feet up as you’re embraced by that good, old-fashioned, country hospitality, regardless of which accommodation you choose (and there are some great options!). Take your time to explore the boutique shopping opportunities of Queen Street on foot, and don’t forget to look up! There’s beautiful Victorian, Edwardian and art deco architecture just waiting to be admired. You’ll also find dining options to suit all sorts of tastebuds.
For those who are answering the call of the Great Outdoors, Barraba is the perfect base. It’s located in the Nandewar Ranges, and offers access to incredible natural attractions and adventure opportunities like Mount Kaputar National Park, Rocky Creek Glacial Area, Horton Falls National Park, Sawn Rocks, Split Rock Dam and Glenriddle Reserve. Whether it’s bushwalking, fishing, bird watching, camping, fossicking or water sports, Barraba’s the place to experience it.
Top 5 Barraba Experiences
1. Barraba Silo Art
You may have seen pictures of Barraba Silo Art’s The Water Diviner, but nothing compares to the 40m high real thing! This mural by Sydney-based and internationally-recognised artist Fintan Magee was inspired by and installed during a period of severe drought across NSW, and depicts a water diviner at work. Those with a keen eye will also spot the endangered Regent Honeyeater bird depicted, which is found in the Barraba area.
2. Horton Falls National Park
Tick these sites off your Mother Nature-appreciation list; the 83m-high waterfall at Horton Falls National Park, Waa Gorge at Mount Kaputar National Park, the 40-metre basalt cliff face of Sawn Rocks and the rock formations and pools resulting from glaciers 290 million years ago at Rocky Creek Glacial Area.
3. Fuller Gallery and Claypan
Drop into the Fuller Gallery and Claypan, a community-run gallery and potter’s guild which showcases locally made arts and wares. You’re bound to find a few treasures to remind you of your trip long after you’ve left.
4. Nandewar Historical Society Museum
Explore the Barraba area’s fascinating Indigenous, pioneering, mining, agricultural, military and social histories at the Nandewar Historical Society Museum where you’re guaranteed to learn a thing or two!
5. Queen Street
Get a real feel for the village when you wander along beautiful Queen Street, where you’ll discover retail, antique and dining treasures.