Kamilaroi meaning: Swim away
Located approximately 30km North West of Boggabri on the Kamilaroi Highway, Baan Baa had early beginnings as a squatting run. Little remains of this previously bustling railway village, which once boasted its own bakery, two general stores, a stock and station agent, butchery, ice cream shop, hotel, two churches and a service station.
Baan Baa is now primarily a grain terminal, feeding in from the rich grain country surrounds. Consequently, this sleepy town starts to buzz during grain harvest. Newly opened coal mines in the vicinity may foster growth in the village, with brand new tennis courts perhaps serving the advantage back to Baan Baa’s court.
The Railway Hotel (Baan Baa pub) offers accommodation and counter meals that are well worth stopping for. When in Baan Baa,don’t miss the new War Memorial, next to the hall and opposite the pub.