The Fossickers Way Visitor Guide Volume 1 - Page 12

Barraba for two other mining villages (Woodsreef and Gulf Creek) that were located near Barraba and were about the same size, but have since been abandoned. Diatomite is still mined around Bell’s Mountain. MOUNT KAPUTAR NATIONAL PARK L ocated midway along the Fossickers Way, Barraba is nestled in the heart of the Nandewar Ranges and is surrounded by natural beauty. Straddling the Peel Fault, a geological fault line that runs from north to south, the district is an exceptional area for fossicking and gem hunting. Barraba has many natural attractions, from towering mountains and ancient rock formations, to rare flora and fauna species. Climbing nearby Mt Kaputar by 4WD or foot affords breathtaking views, while Horton Falls is quite a splash, plummeting 83m to the valley floor. The Barraba area is renowned for birdwatching, which can be enjoyed along any of the 14 ‘bird routes’ in the area, a natural tourism attraction that won the region an award for environmental tourism. Split Rock Dam is located 15km south of Barraba and, along with the local rivers, the district offers fishing for Murray cod, golden and silver perch, and catfish. Split Rock Dam is also a wonderful facility for water-sports and other activities such as sailing, water skiing and camping. In the 1850s, gold was discovered at Woodsreef, Ironbark and Nangahrah creeks and at Crow Mountain, which in its time made way Did you know? Barraba is a rich beef growing area home to many of the country’s leading cattle studs 12 A rugged island of wilderness towering high above the surrounding Western Plains, Mount Kaputar National Park is the footprint left behind by a series of volcanic eruptions that moved across this area between 17 and 21 million years ago. Worth exploring is the 4WD-only Barraba Track, which runs to the summit of Mt Kaputar via some of the most westerly rainforest in the state before reaching an altitude of 1510m at the summit. From there, on a clear day you can see an almost unbelievable 10 per cent of NSW. Stop past to check out Horton Falls, located just off the track and plummeting a stunning 83m. fast facts • The beautiful Playhouse Hotel, where you can enjoy a meal and theatre performance, is housed in premises formerly known as the Central Hotel, the oldest of Barraba’s four pubs • If the kids fancy a break from fossicking, the Barraba Swimming Pool is an excellent example of a country pool, with a water slide and huge pool toys available