WARRABAH National Park is about 80km north of Tamworth in country NSW, itself 400km north of Sydney. Follow the road north to Manilla then cross the bridge to Barraba before looking for a right turn to “National Park”.
The 52.16km² park is open all year, subject to fire warnings and flooding. Winter and autumn are better for those planning to bushwalk and get active, while summer and its warmer evenings make for the perfect time to go for a dip in the Namoi River.
Phone the Glenn Innes National Park office on (02) 6739 0700 or visit www. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/ visit-a-park/parks/warrabahnational-park for information on Warrabah National Park.
There are two main camping areas with toilets and barbecue facilities, or you can hire the self-contained open plan house. Three-night weekend bookings start from $630 – contact the Armidale National Parks office on (02) 6738 9100.
Go four-wheel driving on the way up (the Nundle State Forest has plenty of challenging options) or explore the local area. Split Rock Dam is one of the largest in the state and is great for water sports and fishing. Or you could head to Mount Borah, which gives a fantastic view of the surrounding area and is popular with paragliders.
Take the long way home via the Waterfall Way (Armidale to Coffs Harbour), taking in spectacular sights such as Ebor Falls, Dangar Falls and Wollomombi Falls. There’s also the Dorrigo National Park with its many walking trails and elevated Skywalk.