Spend the day exploring the sights in and around Boggabri. Whether you visit them all or simply choose a combination of the attractions below, today’s tour will give you a great look at what Boggabri and its surrounds has on offer.
Tour – Day 6
(Original spelling Bukka–Bri)
Kamilaroi meaning: Place of Many Creeks
Boggabri is a historic small country town with big community spirit and a unique country lifestyle. The town boasts a ninehole golf course and RSL Club. A modern motel, caravan park (with cabins), Bed & Breakfast and a hotel provides accommodation in the town while fuel and motor repairs are also available.
The main business area of Boggabri has, over the years, been found in three different streets. This makes for an interesting mix of architecture, which can be explored with a walk along the Boggabri Heritage Trail.
Boggabri Historical Museum
Open: By Appointment
This fascinating time piece found in Boggabri’s second main street, Brent St, traces Boggabri’s evolution. With three main streets and the town’s relocation due to flood, Boggabri is a truly dynamic town. The Boggabri Historical Museum complex houses exhibits of precious memorabilia donated by Boggabri’s residents, past and present.
A self-walk Heritage Trail reveals many interesting highlights of Boggabri’s progress through history since its early beginnings. A brochure is available from the Whitehaven Coal office in Merton St or at the Museum in Brent St.
Nelson’s Honey Factory
Chasing the sweeter things in life? It doesn’t get much sweeter than Nelson’s Honey Factory, 66 Lynn St Boggabri. This successful business venture emerged from Mike Nelson’s childhood hobby of keeping bees, and developed into one of the largest NSW suppliers to the Honey Corporation of Australia.
White and Yellow Box and narrow leafed Iron Bark are the major sources of honey extracted by the Nelsons, mainly from the Pilliga Forest, and the honey is superb!
This striking rock face, towering over the Kamilaroi Highway outside Boggabri, has been known by many names over the years.
Local Aboriginals knew it as “Cooloobindi”, whilst it was known as “Bullaballakit” in the era when Sir Thomas Mitchell was exploring the Namoi Valley. In Cobb and Co coach days, it was known as “The Rock” and now it goes by “Gins Leap”.
The widely accepted origins of the current name follow the tragic death of a pair of ill-fated young Aboriginal lovers, a modern day Romeo and Juliet.
The site also features a picnic area and interpretive sign.
Local landmarks Barbers Lagoon and Barbers Pinnacle are located on the Manilla Road, just north of Boggabri, after crossing the Iron Bridge. They take their names from George “The Barber” Clark, the runaway convict who inhabited this area from 1826 to 1831, living with the Kamilaroi people who seem to have regarded him as one of their own returned from the dead.
Barbers Lagoon, on your right, is marked by a plaque and notes the approximate location of Clarke’s hut and stockyards. The striking outcrop of rocks on your left, called Tangulda by the Kamilaroi aboriginals is now known as Barber’s Pinnacle.
A waterfall significantly more impressive than its name indicates, Dripping Rock is the newest tourism hotspot in the Shire. Surrounded by lush forests of Melaleucas, a short stroll from the carpark reveals a large rock pool at the base of the Dripping Rock cascades. This is an idyllic spot for a picnic or just to sit and listen to the hypnotic splash of water, melodious birdsong and wind in the trees.
Dripping Rock can be difficult to find and the road is 4WD only, so please pick up a map from the Visitor Information Centre or Boggabri Museum.
Kamilaroi meaning: Swim away
Pronunciation: Barn Bar
Located approximately 30km north west of Boggabri on the Kamilaroi Highway, Baan Baa had early beginnings as a squatting run. Only the pub remains in this previously bustling railway village. And what a pub it is! Recently refurbished, the Railway Hotel now offers accommodation and counter meals well worth stopping for.
After you cross the Harparary Bridge, take the Maules Creek road and head for ‘the hills’. Maules Creek is situated at the foothills of the Mt Kaputar National Park and is truly amazing countryside.
The rugged and enchanting landscape hides a deep rich black soil, perfectly suited to farming. As a result, the region harbours some of the country’s leading cattle studs. Water flows from the mountains, trickling through Melaleuca-lined creeks to arrive as clear as crystal. Many beautiful locations along the river provide captivating hideaways to have a picnic or just enjoy the presence of nature. The size and grandeur of the Nandewar Ranges viewed from the Maules Creek area is truly spectacular.
To the South of Maules Creek is Leard Forest. This forest is predominantly pine, iron bark and gum trees.