The Narrabri Lake was transformed by volunteers from swamp land into a recreational playground for swimmers, canoeists, picnickers and windsurfers. For the energetic at heart take the 3km walking/cycle track which loops the Lake. For bird watchers the islands, located at the southern end of the Lake, are a haven for local and migrating birds. The Lake attracts a wonderful array of birds. Pick up a Narrabri Lake bird brochure from the Visitor Information Centre for a full list. There are picnic tables and BBQ facilities at the Mooloobar Street end of the Lake.
Other Attractions in and around Narrabri
Narrabri Art and Craft Society–Cultural Experience
Open: 7 days Phone: (02) 6792 2845
One of Narrabri’s earliest residences, in Dangar St (Newell Highway), has found a new purpose in life as home to the Narrabri Art and Craft Society. Housing a shop, gallery and studio complex you are invited to pop in and view the exquisite handiwork of local craftspeople. If you’re lucky your visit will coincide with a visiting or local exhibition of arts and crafts of many varied mediums.
Narrabri Gaol and Museum–As Time Goes By
Open: Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 9am–1pm or by appointment
Phone: (02) 6799 6760
Built in the 1880s by Colonial Architect James Barnet the gaol became a home for the wayward in September 1882 and operated as a medium security prison for 100 years. After its closure the Narrabri Historical Society was invited to house their collection in the Old Gaol section, and the museum opened in 1988. Today the museum houses an extensive collection of artefacts of historical, archival and cultural significance, in addition to an extensive family history section catalogued by dedicated local historians.
Narrabri Fish Farm
Open: 7 days 8am to 4pm.
Address: 261 Tuppiari Rd, Narrabri
Phone: 0428 749 606
For those more interested in the fish than the fishing Narrabri Shire is home to the largest aquaculture farm in NSW. Located just 10kms from Narrabri on Jacks Creek Road, Narrabri Fish Farm boasts an impressive number of registered culture ponds of various sizes, with a total water surface area of 39,596m2. It breeds Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, eel tailed catfish and yabbies, and visitors are more than welcome to take self-guided tours of the facilities. There is a small entrance fee, but with barbecue and picnic areas and the chance to try your hand at yabbying the old fashioned way, it’s an ideal location for a fun family day out. It is necessary to phone on 0428 749 606 before your visit to make an appointment. Pre-booked coach tours are very welcome.
To find the fish farm, turn right when you exit the carpark behind the Visitor Information Centre and follow the highway over the Narrabri Creek Bridge. Drive through the first roundabout and over the railway line. At the next roundabout take the second exit, following signs to Gunnedah. After just a couple of kilometres, turn right on to Gun Club Road and follow the signs to Narrabri Fish Farm.
The picturesque Namoi River meanders through Narrabri Shire from Boggabri to Pilliga. Directions to the best known fishing spots along the river are available from the Visitor Information Centre. Bag limits and fishing licences apply in the rivers of NSW. Fishing licences are available at Tapscott’s Service Station and Longie’s Sportscene. Picture yourself spending a relaxing afternoon in the shade of a gum tree with a line in hand.
Ten Pin Bowling
Open: 7 days at the Crossroads Hotel Phone: 02 6792 5592
If you’re seeking indoor fun a meal or cool drink look no further than the Crossroads Hotel in Narrabri for a spot of ten pin bowling. This award winning Hotel is now home to a 2-lane bowling alley. While you’re there be sure to check out their Pilliga Yowie sculpture. Renowned sculptor Stephen King was commissioned to create this mythical beast, so you no longer have to trek into the Pilliga Forest to spot a Yowie!
Narrabri Men’s Shed
Open: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 12pm
Address: Reid St, Narrabri Phone: 0427 247 900
The Narrabri Men’s Shed is a community based group whose focus is to provide a place where men are encouraged and supported to meet, share each other’s skills, interests and company. Everyone is welcome to join in and visitors are more than welcome to pop in and say hello.