Barraba was established as a town in the mid to late 1800s on the back of the gold rush and grazing. Sitting some 90km north of Tamworth, the town is surrounded by some of the most picturesque and productive beef grazing country in Australia, while the township itself boasts remnants of Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture. Walk down Barraba’s main street and the traditional country charm and personality of the town are only too palpable.
The natural environment surrounding Barraba demands an extended stay. Head to Horton Falls to see the 83m drop waterfall and visit Mount Kaputar National Park to view the 40m-basalt cliff face of Sawn Rocks. Rocky Creek Glacial Area is another geological wonder, leaving rock formations and pools resulting from glaciers 290 million years ago.
Bird watchers will also be in their element here, with 14 well signposted bird routes on old drover’s trails and Travelling Stock Routes. Brochures at Barraba Visitor Information Centre help twitchers identify 190 birds in the area, including the endangered Regent Honeyeater.
Accommodation options in town vary and include the Playhouse Hotel, which has become the cultural hub of Barraba. Dining options are also many, so be sure to get off the beaten track and explore this fascinating pocket of the Tamworth region.