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Exploring the Narrabri Region

Exploring the Narrabri Region: A Retiree’s Playground.

Welcome to the Narrabri Region, nestled at the base of the Nandewar Ranges, this retiree's playground has an abundance of attractions that cater to every taste and interest. From the majestic summit of Mount Kaputar to the tranquil waters of Pilliga Bore Bath, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.

Before setting off on your travels, stop by the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre. Here, you'll find friendly staff to provide you with local knowledge, maps, and suggestions for hidden gems throughout the region. And don't forget to take a seat in a real Cotton Picker for a truly unique photo.

Start your adventure 1510 metres above sea level at the summit of Mount Kaputar, this picture-perfect landscape offers breathtaking views of 10 percent of NSW on a clear day. Created between 17 and 21 million years ago by erupting volcanoes, Mount Kaputar is a wonderous ancient landscape waiting to be explored. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen amongst the trees and a few very friendly kangaroos, who can be quite cheeky at times. The opportunity to search for the famous Kaputar Giant Pink Slug is an adventure on its own. This bright pink Slug can grow to around 15cm and enjoys wetter weather and is often spotted after rain. Camping and cabins are available, with access to showers, toilets, and BBQ areas.

If you prefer a more accessible attraction, than Sawn Rocks should be top of your list. Situated at the edge of Mount Kaptuar National Park, Sawn Rocks is a wonder. The carpark is large enough to accommodate your camper van with plenty of turning room. After a leisurely 15-minute all-weather stroll, you will find an observation platform with stunning views of the intriguing rock formation jutting starkly from the bed of the Bobbiwaa Creek. The unique pentagonal basalt pipes are the result of the slow and even cooling of molten rock, enabling individual crystals within the rock to align perfectly with each other.

Plan a visit to the CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array. Consisting of six giant antennas, it is the largest telescope of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Open seven days a week, admission to the observatory is free.

Embark on a cultural journey along the Sculptures in the Scrub walking track in Pilliga Forest, a captivating experience sure to leave you inspired. This award-winning project, four years in the making, the collaborative efforts between artists and local Aboriginal elders and young people. Each sculpture intricately weaves a tale of local Aboriginal history and culture.

After days of exploration, unwind at the Pilliga Bore Bath to soak away those aches and pains in the 37-degree mineral-rich water. The campground hosts dressing sheds and toilets, as well as BBQ and picnic tables. The area is a designated primitive campground with very basic features and no powered sites. Open 24hrs a day, relax in the bath and enjoy the sunsets and serenity that Pilliga is known for.

Whether you're exploring ancient landscapes, uncovering the region's rich history, or simply soaking in the natural beauty, you're sure to create memories of the Narrabri Region that will last a lifetime.