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    COTTON & LOCAL PRODUCTS DISPLAY

    by balhannah Updated Feb 24, 2016

    The Narrabri Visitor centre has an excellent display on cotton, but the highlight is a Cotton Harvester which you can climb inside and sit in the driver's seat. Press a button to set the rollers in motion to draw in and separate the cotton balls.

    Out of the harvester and a look at the cotton displays to find more interesting information. Fibre from the cotton plant is made into yarn and fabric, the seed is fed to cattle and crushed for oil and the rest of the plant can be made into mulch. Cotton is a natural fibre grown on a plant and made into clothing including jeans, t-shirts, sheets and towels, in my opinion, the best fabric to wear in hot weather as it breathes. I saw the raw cotton, then the bales ready for export.

    I learnt Narrabri and surrounds grows cotton mainly for export and that NSW produces 70% of Australia's cotton. When the first shoots appear, add on 180 days and by then the cotton should be ready for picking. The season is between September and April, good to remember to see these big harvesters in action.

    Some trivial facts...
    A bale of cotton weighs 227kg - Each bale can produce 215 pairs of jeans or 681,000 cotton balls!

    On display were tubes of wheat, sorghum, barley and canola, all grown in the Narrabri area and some beaut cotton artwork from the previous years Australian Cotton Fibre Expo. The Eagle was my favourite.

    THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT DISPLAY AND NOT TO BE MISSED!

    FREE!

    Narrabri Visitor centre is open....
    9am - 5pm weekdays
    9am - 2pm weekends.
    Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    Address: Tibbereena Street (Newell Highway), Narrabri

    Phone: (02) 6799 6760

    Cotton Harvester Cotton Harvester cabin Raw cotton Grown in Narrabri Eagle wall hanging
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    NARRABRI HISTORIC WALK

    by balhannah Updated Feb 6, 2016

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    Narrabri has a historic town walk brochure, so pick it up from the information centre or download one.

    The walk begins at the visitor centre and makes the first stop at Major Thomas Mitchell's plaque. It was after his expedition in 1832 that settlers moved to the region. Next is the Crossing Theatre whose name came from an old crossing place in the creek nearby. Built in 2002 at a cost of $8 million, it was officially opened in November 2002. Behind the theatre is an expanse of water known as "The Racey" as race horses were once exercised here, whilst further along the pool the children enjoyed swimming. A stop at the sports ground is a must for lovers of cricket as the cricket sight boards were originally at the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground where they were repositioned between overs by two attendants. One fell asleep during a test match and had to be woken by the bowler. Summer, it's hot and the Olympic swimming pool has men, women and children enjoying a swim together, this wasn't always the case. Built in 1910, it was for males only until 1920 when mixed bathing was allowed.
    There is more, so pick up the brochure and follow the walk!

    Address: Narrabri town centre

    Website: http://www.visitnarrabri.cfm.predelegation.com/files/uploaded/file/Information%20Leaflets/Narrabri%20Historical%20Walk_lores.pdf

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    MORE THAN A VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Feb 6, 2016

    There a Visitor centres and there are the Visitor centres that really stand out amongst the crowd. Well, the Narrabri visitor centre is definitely the latter.

    Located on the Newell Highway in the centre of town, you will have to drive past it when travelling through Narrabri. I came here for some free brochures and to use the very clean free toilets located in the centre.

    WHAT I FOUND WAS A LOT MORE

    The centre has a wonderful array of souvenirs, ones that you will not find elsewhere. I really liked the wall plaques of chickens, pigs, sheep, horses and other animals in flocks or herds. These are real country and unique to Narrabri. For the children were lovely soft toys of Australian animals - Koalas, Wombats, Kangaroos, Platypus, Emus, Australia cattle dogs and more.
    The centre really has a fantastic range of souvenirs to remember your stay by, including lots of tasty local produce. They will book accommodation for you and arrange tours for free. Ask anything about the area, and I'm sure they will have the answer for you.

    Plenty of free parking beside the building for all size of vehicles

    OPEN
    9am–5pm weekdays and 9am–2pm weekends.
    Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday

    Check the next review for what the "more" is!

    Address: Newell Highway, Narrabri

    Phone: 02) 6799 6760

    Website: http://www.visitnarrabri.cfm.predelegation.com/index.cfm?page_id=1113&page_name=Visitor%20Information%20Centre

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    PICNIC AT SAWN ROCKS

    by balhannah Updated Feb 6, 2016

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    What a nice area this was for a picnic.
    There is plenty of room for parking the car, FREE 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. Spring is the best time to see the wildflowers in bloom, especially wattle and the snowy blossoms of White Box.
    The walk to Sawn Rocks was an easy one complemented by the sounds of many small birds twittering in the bush, there was so much birdlife here that I thought it would be a good place for birdwatchers to come.

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

    Website: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Picnic-areas/Sawn-Rocks-picnic-area

    Picnic area at Sawn Rocks Bushes in flower View in another direction at Sawn Rocks
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    CHECK OUT THE FLORA

    by balhannah Updated Feb 6, 2016

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    The higher up Mount Kaputar National Park you go, you will find some beautifully white gum trees, these 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.

    Moss & the boulders Nice moss area on the way White gum tree
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    MOUNT NINGADHUN

    by balhannah Updated Feb 6, 2016

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    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!

    Directions: On the road to Mt. Kaputar from Narrabri

    Mt. Ningadhun on the left of photo Mt. Ningadhun
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    TOWN CLOCK TOWER

    by balhannah Updated Feb 6, 2016

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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.

    Address: Newell highway

    Town Clock
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    NARRABRI - N/WEST NEW SOUTH WALES

    by balhannah Updated Feb 6, 2016

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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.

    Directions: To reach Narrabri....The distance from both Sydney and Brisbane is 560kms from each city.

    Phone: Ph 1300 663 853.

    Website: http://www.visitnarrabri.com.au/ -

    Harvesting in full swing! Australian Cotton centre at Narrabri
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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.

    Directions: On the Bingara Road

    Website: http://narrabri.net/Document1.aspx?id=1884

    Sawn Rocks Sawn Rocks close up Sawn Rocks
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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. .

    Address: Signposted from Narrabri

    Directions: It is located about 25 km west of the town of Narrabri, NSW (about 500 km north-west of Sydney).

    Phone: (02) 6790 4070

    Website: http://www.narrabri.atnf.csiro.au/

    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.

    Directions: Governor lookout track at Mt. Kaputar

    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!

    Address: Maitland street, Narrabri

    Westpac Bank
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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!

    Directions: Governor Lookout at Mt. Kaputar National Park

    Views from the Governor lookout Views from the Governor Lookout Part of the walk The Governor Wonderful view
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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.

    Address: Newell Highway

    Directions: Between the information centre and Collins Park

    Website: http://narrabri.cfm.predelegation.com/files/uploaded/file/Your%20Council%20PDFs/Sportiest%20Town%20List%20151203.pdf

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