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    SAWN ROCKS

    by balhannah Updated Jan 15, 2015

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    "This was another WOW!......INCREDIBLE!"

    Whilst travelling along tourist drive 3 to Bingara, we saw the Brown tourist sign to Sawn Rocks, so in we went for a look.
    After parking the car, I headed off along the paved path to see them.

    First sight of the Rocks rising above Bobbiwaa Creek brought a gasp, these were impressive!
    What I was looking at, was a 40 metre high cliff face, sheared off remains of a basalt lava flow from the Nandewar Volcano, 21 million years ago.
    These were created when molten rock within the basalt lava flow cooled slowly and evenly, enabling the individual crystals within the molten rock to align perfectly with each other. While this type of five-sided (pentagonal) ‘organ piping’ is not rare to lava flows it is exceptionally rare to find them so perfectly formed and preserved.

    They were perfect, this is accredited to the slow and even cooling of molten rock some 21 million years ago.
    Fantastic!

    Allow about half hour, this gives time for scrambling around the area.

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    CSIRO AUSTRALIA TELESCOPE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 15, 2015

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    Have you seen the movie "THE DISH?"

    Well, here at Narrabri are "six dishes!"

    These are the most advanced radio telescopes in the southern Hemisphere.
    The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), at the Narrabri Observatory, is an array of six 22-m antennas used for radio astronomy. It is operated by the Australia Telescope National Facility.

    We viewed the extra large Telescope Dishes that sit on wide-gauge rail track, which allows them to be moved to different positions.
    By allowing this, astronomers can build up a good, detailed picture of the objects they are studying. This kind of telescope, in which signals from different antennas are combined, is called an interferometer. This technique can provide more detail than a single large dish.

    About 200 astronomers come to the observatory every year.

    The telescope operates twenty-four hours per day, every day of the year.

    After having a look at them, we went into the Visitors Centre where there were displays, plus an audiovisual presentation.

    You are allowed to sit there and watch the Dishes.
    The Visitors Centre is unmanned but open during normal business hours.
    ADMISSION IS FREE

    They do have an open day each year, in 2010 it's JULY 17th, admission free.

    There is a BBQ area available for public use.
    There were heaps of Kangaroos here, and you may see Galahs, Emus, Echidnas and koalas. .

    The dishes One in the opposite direction Some notices with information
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    LOOK FOR WILDLIFE - THE WALLAROO

    by balhannah Updated Jan 15, 2015

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    As in any National parks, if you are interested in seeing wildlife & birdlife, walk quietly, keep your eyes open, and ears peeled.

    On my trek to "The Governor" I startled what I thought was a Kangaroo. A little further along the trail, I came across another, only it wasn't a Kangaroo, it was a WALLAROO.

    A wallaroo is a little smaller than a kangaroo, fairly thickset, and are found in open country.

    All share a particular habit of stance: wrists raised, elbows tucked close into the body, and shoulders thrown back, and all have a large, black-skinned bodies of long hair, they would need it where they live!

    There are 4 species of Wallaroo's, and I am not sure which one I saw, it would be either ......

    The Eastern Wallaroo, Common Wallaroo or just Wallaroo found on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range.
    OR..................
    The Antilopine Wallaroo, is a creature of the grassy plains and woodlands.

    This poor fella had been in quite a few fights, he ears were torn & tattered.

    Wallaroo Wallaroo Wallaroo Wallaroo on the hop
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    WESTPAC BANK

    by balhannah Updated Jan 15, 2015

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    I thought this was one of the nicest buildings in the main street.
    Quite old, this building was damaged by fire in 1917. It was rebuilt in 1918 and since then has been lovingly renovated and painted, making it a delight to see!

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    THE GOVERNOR LOOKOUT - PART 2

    by balhannah Updated Jan 15, 2015

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    Wow! Is all I can say, this was quite an experience.

    The first 300m of this walk is the wheelchair accessible path to The Governor lookout, which provides views of the The Governor as well as the surrounding wilderness and Bullawa Creek.

    Following the track from this 1st lookout, I walked past many Snow Gums, White Gums and Ribbon gums until reaching a lot of steps that descended to the lower lava terrace of The Governor.
    From here, it's a scrambly track, over rocks etc, on a marked route, past stunted shrubs to the flat top of the volcanic plug.

    This part of the walk is not the easiest, you do need to be careful, as you don't want a twisted ankle out here! It requires a medium fitness level............not suitable for small children as it could be quite dangerous for them, and adults if they get too close to the cliff edges.
    There are still more steps at the end, where you descend and can peer between the cliffs.

    This was a wonderful walk and experience, I was out on a limb [so to speak] feeling like I was in the middle of nowhere, away from all forms of civilization!

    Views from the Governor lookout Views from the Governor Lookout Part of the walk The Governor Wonderful view
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    NARRABRI - N/WEST NEW SOUTH WALES

    by balhannah Updated Jan 15, 2015

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    Pronounced, na-ra-bry, which means "forked water,' this Town is located on the Newell Highway, amidst some of the "World's highest quality cotton, also is a Wheat, Lamb and Beef growing area.
    It is hot in summer, with average min 20 deg and Max 39. Winter is Min 0 deg and Max 20 deg.

    Narrabri has an excellent Information centre.

    If you want to see acres and acres of cotton being grown, then this is the place to come. The visitor information centre can book "cotton tours" for you when in Season, just be aware that dates vary from year to year. The sides of the road are awash with cotton when the season is in full swing.

    Right next door is the cotton centre, In 2010, it said it was closed until further notice

    Harvesting in full swing! Australian Cotton centre at Narrabri
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    Stop for Coffee

    by wise23girl Updated Apr 16, 2013

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    Northern N.S.W. Australia
    Well we found a place with some umbrella shaded tables on the footpath where we could rest a while, read the paper , and watch the traffic passing through.

    So I think we had something to eat but it wasn't memorable....the coffee was OK. We met another couple and he was enjoying a pie.

    I do not know what else to say about the cafe...it is easy to find in the main street and you have a while to travel to the next major town.

    Why are you here anyway? Guess like us you have a reason. We came this way as the speed limit is 110k not changing all the time as it does on the New England Highway

    But to do Narrabri justice do look at .the pages of iaindsmith

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    SPORTING WALL OF FAME

    by balhannah Updated May 27, 2012

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    Hot off the press is this tip, as the Sporting Wall of Fame columns with the names of all the athletes that have come from Narrabri, was still being built.
    What a great idea to have this honour roll of Sporting Champions that have been born and bred here, or have lived some of their lives in Narrabri.
    The website gives the list of those honoured.
    We took a while browsing throught the names, quite interesting for Australians, probably not as much for oversea's visitors.

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    THE STRAND THEATRE

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    The Strand Theatre ia no longer is in use.
    The 1st "Strand" was destroyed by fire in 1915, which meant a new Theatre had to be built, this opened in 1921.
    Now, close your eyes and think of sitting in deck chairs on a warm summer's night, enjoying the pictures. This is how it was in the years between 1937 & 1939, when the outdoor Theatre was opened. Sadly, it didn't last, and now all we can do is view the outside of the building, unless you are a member of the Christian Outreach religion.

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    TOWN CLOCK TOWER

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    Just a few steps away from Collins Park, actually infront of Hogan Oval, is the town Clock Tower.
    Not a big Tower, but one of significance, as it doubles as a soldiers memorial.
    The names of the Soldiers who lost their lives during the 1914- 1918 war, are located here.

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    COLLINS PARK

    by balhannah Updated May 27, 2012

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    As we follow the Newell Highway through Narrabri, we usually stop at the large car-park near Collins Park and the Tourist Information Centre.

    Collins Park is a sports ground, and if you look at the size of the Palms in my photo, you will realize it has been here for quite a while. It was named after the inaugral Mayor of Narrabri, "Mr. Charles Collins."

    The old Grandstand was constructed in about 1900 and was the largest of its type still in use in NSW until 1996 when it burnt to the ground, then a new one had to be built.
    The "sight" boards are historical as they were brought here from the Sydney Cricket Ground where they were used for major International cricket matches for many years.
    Cycling and Greyhound raching has taken place here, and before the Narrabri Olympic Pool was built, swimming carnivals were held in Narrabri Creek behind the Collins Park Grandstand.

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    The Governor

    by iandsmith Written Apr 4, 2012

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    "This return track begins at The Governor carpark and takes you to the peak of a large volcanic plug. The first section of this walk (The Governor Lookout Walk) is an easy stroll along a sealed path to The Governor lookout, which provides views of the The Governor as well as the surrounding rugged wilderness and rural setting of Bullawa Creek.

    The second stage is more challenging as the track continues another 750m across a lava terrace to the summit of The Governor. There is a short scramble up a marked route, past stunted shrubs to the flat top of the volcanic plug. From the top you can bask on the exposed lava flow and enjoy 360 degree views of the Nandewar Range.

    The summit has many exposed cliff faces and is not suitable for small children." That's from the National Parks site and is accurate though it doesn't mention that the second section includes ladders as well as the scramble which, though only short, can be tricky.

    The walk is through this The Governor View from the area of The Governor On the boardwalk section
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    BIRD WATCHING @ SAWN ROCKS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 25, 2010

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    If you are interested in Bird Watching, then you may wish to spend a little more time here.
    Birds are hard to photo, the little ones move so quickly.

    I saw a White Throated Tree - creeper, then a bright yellow little bird, and a spotted Bird which I think was a Pardalote., I don't know the names of the others I saw.
    Walking along the track, you can hear the wrens twittering in amongst the bush, they love this kind of territory.

    White Throated Tree creeper at Sawn Rocks Nest at Sawn Rocks
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    MOUNT YULLUDUNIA

    by balhannah Updated Jun 21, 2010

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    Mount Yulludunia at 1163 metres is another spectacular volcanic outcrop. You can not miss seeing this Mountain, as the views of it are great as you are driving up and down the road to Mt. Kaputar.

    You can do a walk to it from Green Camp. You will need to be fit, as its uphill all the way, with plenty of rock clambering, only 4ks, but not so easy. It is called the Yulludunida Crater Walk.

    The walk once again, has good views, and if in Spring, wildflowers. Birds eye views over the entire crater and beyond are had.

    Mount Yulludunia Mount Yulludunia
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    Picnic at Sawn Rocks.

    by balhannah Written Jun 21, 2010

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    What a nice area this was for a picnic.
    There is plenty of parking room, Toilets, a Rainwater tank, and Picnic tables with views to kill for!
    Some wildflowers were out in bloom and the Wattle was just about to flower.
    The walk to Sawn Rocks was an easy one, and there was so much birdlife in the bush, plenty to keep you busy for awhile.

    After doing my walks, etc., then it was time for our morning tea break in this lovely setting.

    Picnic area at Sawn Rocks Bushes in flower View in another direction at Sawn Rocks
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