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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.

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