Cradled amid the rolling hills of the Nandewar Ranges west of Armidale, Barraba is central to some of the most delightful scenery in the New England region.
Explorer John Oxley passed this way in 1818 and his description of 'a lofty and majestic range of hills lifting their blue heads above the horizon' graphically reflects the first impressions of nearby Mt Kaputar National Park.
The park’s basalt buttresses were formed in a volcanic eruption more than 20 million years ago and today they stand guard over snow gums and blackwood. Eucalyptus dominate the lower slopes and the ground-feeding turquoise parrot often nests in their hollows.
It is a must to stop off at the Horton River Falls which is a popular twitching ground for birdwatcher groups.
A 40km drive south-east from town takes you to Split Rock Dam where your timing or choice of bait might just land you a Murray cod, golden perch or freshwater jewfish.
In town, the heritage trail through Barraba will introduce you to some fine old buildings including the elegant court house.