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Barraba, NSW


Geological wonders await in Barraba.


Located midway along the Fossickers Way, Barraba is nestled in the heart of the Nandewar Ranges and is surrounded by natural beauty. Straddling the Peel Fault, a geological fault line which runs from north to south, the district is an exceptional area for fossicking and gem hunting.

Barraba has many natural attractions from towering mountains and ancient rock formations to rare flora and fauna species. Climbing nearby Mt Kaputar by 4WD or foot affords breathtaking views across a substantial chunk of NSW, while Horton Falls quite a splash plummeting 83m to the valley floor.


The Barraba area is a renowned district for bird watching, which can be undertaken along any of the 14 recognised "bird routes" in the area, a natural tourism attraction that won the region an award for environmental tourism.

Split Rock Dam is located 15km south of Barraba and between this water reservoir and the local rivers, the district offers some fishing for Murray Cod, golden and silver perch, and catfish. Split Rock Dam is also a wonderful facility for many water-sports and other activities such as sailing, water skiing and camping.


In the 1850s gold was discovered at Woodsreef, Ironbark and Nangahrah creeks and at Crow Mountain, which in its time, made way for two other mining villages (Woodsreef and Gulf Creek) that were located near Barraba and were about the same size, but have since been abandoned. Diatomite is still mined around Bell’s Mountain and invertebrate fossils are sometimes found. The diverse range of geological characteristics in the district makes for excellent fossicking.



- Ironbark Creek

From town, head north on Fossickers Way for 2km then turn right onto Woodsreef Road. Drive for 16km and arrive at the site.

- Woodsreef Recreation Reserve, gold, copper, jasper, quartz and more

As above, but head 1km further along Woodsreef Road.


Barraba is a rich beef growing area home to many top class cattle studs.

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