Warrabah National Park
In Warrabah, one of the few inland river parks in NSW, you'll enjoy the languid atmosphere and scenery of the Namoi River. Huge granite boulders perch high above the valley's tranquil pools. The rapids make an enjoyable challenge for experienced canoeists.
This park is near...
Tamworth (80 km)
Best access routes
Warrabah National Park is in the New England district of NSW, about 510 kilometres from Sydney and 80 kilometres from Tamworth. To reach the park, drive from Tamworth to Manilla and just north of Manilla take the Namoi River Road in a north-east direction. This partly-sealed road, followed by good quality gravel, will take you to the Namoi River picnic and camping area.
Road quality: unpaved sections
Facilities & things to do
The river is the main walking attraction, where you can rock hop and stop for an occasional swim. Walking along the cliffs will also give you some beautiful views down into the gorge. Experienced rock climbers will find good quality grades on these cliffs.
There's a 4WD-only track starting at the camping area that takes you close to various points above the river.
You'll find an attractive picnic and camping area beside the river at the entrance to the park. There are tables, fireplaces and toilets.
There are many pools along the river where you can go fishing. You need a license to fish and there's a limit on your catch. If the river is not in flood, you could try canoeing and rafting on an air mattress. The trip from the town of Retreat, east of the park, to the camping area is about 40 kilometres and will take you about 3 days. Please note that this journey has many large rapids, some grade 3, and should only be attempted if you're an experienced canoeist.
This small but delightful park is on the northern side of the Namoi River, in a setting of huge granite boulders, deep gorges and quiet pools.
Warrabah's vegetation is mainly woodland, with white cypress pine, hill red gum and Caley's ironbark. The scrub layer is dominated by teatree, while the river banks support tall stands of river oak, teatree and bottlebrush. Sheltered southern slopes contain small pockets of red stringybark, rough-barked apple and Quinn's mallee.
Grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, wallaroos, brushtail possums, ringtail possums and marsupial mice are common in the park. Over 120 bird species have been seen, including the colourful rainbow lorikeet and the powerful wedge-tailed eagle. The park's rocky terrain is an ideal habitat for reptiles, including the copper-tailed skink, southern spotted velvet gecko and the shy red-bellied black snake.
The park landscape: geology and landforms
The park lies on a belt of granite that extends from Bendemeer to the Queensland border. The gorge has been formed by the Namoi River cutting back into the west side of the Great Dividing Range. The Namoi River descends from the tablelands onto the western slopes.
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service