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
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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.
I thought this was one of the nicest buildings in the main street.
Quite old, this building was damaged by fire in 1917. In 1918, it was rebuilt, and today it has been lovingly renovated and painted, making it a delight to the eye.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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.
"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 drove 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.
Allow about half hour, this gives time for scrambling around the area.
When I walked to Sawn Rocks, I had a look at them from the viewing point. The track went further on, so I followed it down some steps to the creek. From here, you can gaze upwards at this amazing feature.
I wandered in and around the creek, only a few pools of water about, it wasn't running.
In this area, are large pieces that have falled off the cliff.
Some had landed on their sides, and it really looked like, somebody had carved them into steps, they were perfect!
This is a really lovely scenic drive that we did.
Just outside of Narrabri, on the Moree side, is the Brown tourist sign - Route 3, that goes to Bingara.
At the start, it was flat country, a few paddocks of Cotton hadn't been harvested, but the rest had, it looked so nice. The road took us past "Sawn Rocks" and a "Glacial Area," up and over the northern section of the rugged Mt Kaputar National Park.
We disturbed a huge flock of Galahs that were busy eating seed on the side of the road.
The scenery is fabulous, make sure you go into Sawn Rocks for a look.
The road is nearly bitumen the whole way, they were just finishing the last section.
Distance to Bingara is 103kms.
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. .