Exploring Narrabri Attractions – 5 Things to do in Narrabri

Tucked away in the heart of New South Wales, the charming little town of Narrabri beckons travellers who are seeking an authentic regional experience. With its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking natural landscapes, and a range of exciting activities, Narrabri offers an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and curious adventurers alike.

Narrabri promises a memorable and diverse getaway, where you can discover the region’s vibrant agricultural heritage. Let’s dive into the myriad of experiences awaiting visitors in Narrabri.

  1. Discover the Australia Telescope Compact Array:

Situated just outside of Narrabri, the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) at the Paul Wild Observatory, is an assortment of 6 x 22 meter high antennas, which are used for radio astronomy. Set amidst the picturesque countryside of New South Wales, this cutting-edge research facility invites visitors to delve into the mysteries of the universe.

Take a guided tour to learn about astrophysics and witness the giant parabolic dishes that capture radio signals from distant galaxies. The ATCA visitor centre provides an opportunity to explore interactive exhibits, including a 3D theatre, where you can immerse yourself in the wonders of space.

The Compact Array is operates 365 days per year, 24 hours a day and is purely used for business science.

  1. Embrace Nature at Mount Kaputar National Park and Pilliga Forest

Nature lovers will find solace in the stunning landscape of Mount Kaputar National Park. A short drive from Narrabri, this picturesque park boasts multiple trails to towering peaks and rugged volcanic formations, and is home to an abundance of local flora and fauna.

Mount Kaputar National Park in Narrabri

Mount Kaputar National Park – Image via National Parks NSW

Embark on scenic hikes along well-marked trails, such as the Governor Summit walk or the Mount Yulludunida Summit track, which lead to breathtaking lookout points. Be captivated by the beauty of Sawn Rocks which is a striking formation of organ-pipe basalt columns, offering a glimpse into the geological history of the region.

Venture deep into Pilliga Forest’s heart and discover the Pilliga Sandstone Caves, a maze of ancient formations crafted by the elements over millions of years. Take a guided tour to learn about the area’s Aboriginal heritage and hear dreamtime stories associated with these sacred caves. Walk along the track and take in the impressive sandstone hills which contain ancient Aboriginal rock engravings.

The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre offers insights into the unique flora and fauna found in this ecologically significant region. Please be respectful when visiting the area and refrain from touching the rock art and engravings.

  1. Visit the Narrabri Old Gaol Museum:

Uncover local history and culture in Narrabri by visiting the Narrabri Old Gaol Museum, which was originally built in the 1880’s and provides a fascinating glimpse into the region’s past. Explore the restored gaol cells and learn about the area’s colonial history through exhibitions and displays.

Tours of the gaol can also be arranged through the members of the Historical Society. The gaol museum is located right in the centre of Narrabri.

Narrabri Old Gaol and Museum

Narrabri Old Gaol and Museum – Image via

  1. Swim in Narrabri West Lake or Explore Yarrie Lake

Narrabri West Lake was originally a swamp which was converted lake by volunteers. The recreational playground is now a great spot for swimmers, kayakers, paddleboarders and windsurfers. There is also a 3km walking track around the circumference of the lake for those who are fitness inclined.

Birdwatches will love Narrabri West Lake, as it is a natural haven for loads of local and migrating birds including black swans and cygnets which can often be seen feeding amongst the reeds. There is also a kids playground, picnic tables and BBQ facilities in the area as well.

Yarrie Lake lies 28kms West of Narrabri and is a 3km wide body of water which is thought to be formed by a meteor strike many thousands of years ago. It is home to over 70 bird species and is a great spot for photographers, kayakers, paddleboarders and campers. There is no fishing in the lake, however there is ample opportunity for yabbying if you have a NSW fishing licence.

  1. Be entertained at the Crossing Theatre in Narrabri

This multi-purpose venue has two cinemas, a café and four fully licenced event spaces which is host to many exhibitions, theatre productions and music concerts.

The cinema operates 7 days a week with evening sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There is a large 148 seat cinema as well as a smaller 69 seat cinema, both with movie meal deals and group bookings.

For a deeper understanding of the local Indigenous heritage, immerse yourself in the Crossing Theatre’s Aboriginal Art Gallery, which showcases a collection of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal artwork.

Narrabri Accommodation:

The Adelong Motel offers a comfortable and welcoming retreat for travellers seeking a relaxing stay while in Narrabri. With its convenient location and warm hospitality, this motel provides an ideal base for exploring the attractions of the region. The rooms are designed with guest comfort in mind, providing a peaceful haven after a day of adventure.

Adelong Motel in Narrabri

The friendly staff at Adelong Motel are always ready to assist guests to ensure a pleasant and memorable stay. Whether you’re enjoying the motel’s amenities, such as the swimming pool, or the breakfast restaurant, or venturing out to explore the surrounding attractions, the Adelong Motel offers a comfortable and convenient accommodation option in the heart of Narrabri.

So, whether you’re stargazing at the Australia Telescope Compact Array, immersing yourself in the serenity of Mount Kaputar National Park, or delving into the area’s history and agricultural traditions, Narrabri promises a truly memorable adventure. Book your stay at Adelong Motel.

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