Spend the day exploring the sights in and around Narrabri. Whether you visit them all or simply choose a combination of the attractions below, this tour will give you a great look at what Narrabri has on offer.
Tour – Day 1
Sporting Wall of Fame
Narrabri Region’s impressive sporting heritage is now cast in stone – and bronze!
The Narrabri Sporting Wall of Fame, constructed by Council in 2011, honours the achievements of sportsmen and women who contributed to have Narrabri named as “Australia’s Sportiest Town” in 2001.
The Sporting Wall of Fame is located in Tibbereena Street next to the Visitor Information Centre car park exit.
The Crossing Theatre
Set on sprawling green lawns overlooking Narrabri Creek, The Crossing Theatre is designed to cater for residents and visitors alike. This $8 million complex with its 1000-seat auditorium, glass-cased Riverside Room, exhibition room and twin cinemas, regularly stages large scale conferences, promotions and concerts, screens the latest movies and caters for private functions such as weddings and parties.
The Crossing Theatre café also boasts a cafe that offers an all-day menu, sweets and hot beverages. It is open 7 days a week.
Narrabri Aquatic Centre
Allow: 1 Hr
In 2013 Narrabri Shire Council opened the new Narrabri Aquatic Centre, located next to the Narrabri Memorial Swimming Pool. The state-of-the-art facility features a 25m Indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor children’s splash pool with heated water, cafe, meeting rooms and lots more. The Narrabri Aquatic Centre indoor pool is open year-round, while outdoor pools open the first weekend of October and close on the last Sunday in March. For opening hours, refer to the Narrabri Shire Council website.
Allow: 1 Hr
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.
Narrabri Art and Craft Society – Cultural Experience
Allow: 2 Hrs
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
Allow: 2 Hrs
Built in the 1880s by colonial architect James Barnet, the Narrabri 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 its 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
For those more interested in the fish than the fishing, Narrabri Region is home to the largest aquaculture farm in NSW. Located just 10km 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 BBQ 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.
Ten Pin Bowling
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 two-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
The Narrabri Men’s Shed is a community based group with a focus on providing a place where men can 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.