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
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 scrambley 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!
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.
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.
"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.
I have conquered another Mountain!...............
I was expecting a 3 hour return trek to do it, but to my surprise, the road leads nearly to the Mountain top, and from here, a new board walk of quite a few steps to a viewing platform has been built, so conquering this Mountain became a zinch!
So now, everybody can conquer this Mountain, except people in wheelchairs.
Mount Kaputar peak is 1,508 metres above sea level, and is part of the Nandewar Range. It was extremely cold at the top, the wind was bitter, and in Winter, Mt. Kaputar can receive snow. The view was worth putting up with the cold for a short time!
On the information sheets, they claim you can see one tenth of New South Wales on a clear day from this summit.
The summit is accessible from Narrabri via a 57 km long, winding and narrow road that is partly sealed.
Mount Ningadhun at 1,373 metres high is a prominent volcanic plug that caught my eye as we were travelling along the road to Mt. Kaputar. It is part of the remnants of the Nandewar extinct volcano that ceased activity about 17 million years ago after 4 million years of activity.
You can walk to it from Green Camp, but it is an 8km trek taking 8 hours to complete.
It really is impressive! I just had to stop the car every now and then, and take more photo's of it!
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. .
This is another lookout in the Mt. Kaputar national park.
We drove into the Bark Hut Camping area, parked the car here, as this is where the walk began.
Euglah Rock, is a giant dyke formed by volacanic activity 17 -18 million years ago. Erosion of the less resistant rock has left Euglah Rock standing.
It is a short, easy walk of about 1km return. At the start of the trail, there is a notice board giving details on what you will see. The walk lead me to a proper viewing platform that overlooks Black Mountain creek and this giant outcrop [Euglah rock.. see photo] in the distance, quite impressive! More good views.
Bark Hut campground has all amenities and 15 campsites.
camping fees in 2010....were $5adult per night
The Doug Sky Lookout is located on your drive to the top of Mt. Kaputar.
DO STOP HERE. There is a viewing platform with excellent views to the south, where on a clear day, you can see as far as The Warrumbungles.
There is a plaque pointing to various Mountains and points of interest, and also an interesting notice board about the making of the road.
This Lookout "Doug Sky' is named after the man who supervised the making of the road that leads to the top of Mt. Kaputar.
This lookout is only a short, easy 300metre walk from the Car park. It is for those people that do not wish to do the longer walk which includes many stairs.
You pass through white Snow Gums, of which there is birdlife, [I saw a bright yellow bird] and onto a viewing platform, it is worth the walk.
If you are fit, continue along the longer walk [see tip...part 2]
In the Mount Kaputar National Park, the Gum Trees higher up, are nice and white, they are called Snow Gums.
You will see Grass Trees, and in the area of Governors Lookout, the ground had two different types of Mosses growing, one area was particularly pretty with the moss growing over and around the granite boulders.
It is pretty damp around here, so they grow well.
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.
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.
Narrabri has a historic town walk brochure, so pick it up from the information centre.
I didn't follow the walk, but did walk the length of Maitland street where lots of the historic buildings are located.
I do wish I had the map, as then I would have known what I was looking at.
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!