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Barraba

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

Located in the New England region and on the Manilla River, the charming town of Barraba is a great base for outdoor activities including bushwalking, photography, camping and 4WDing.

RA3 / MM5

Location

Barraba is in the New England region of northern NSW about 500km (6 hr 45 min drive) from Sydney and is 90km (70 min drive) from the regional centre of Tamworth.

Barraba was the centre of gold and copper booms, and now is an agriculture and pastoral centre. It lies within the beautiful Nandewar Ranges and is within the 3500 km2 Bundarra-Barraba Important Bird Area making it a destination for bird watchers.

How to get there

The closest airport to Barraba is Tamworth Regional Airport, 75 min drive from Barraba. Qantas and Virgin provide regular flights to Sydney and Jetgo provides direct flights to Brisbane.

NSW TrainLink provides a daily service to Sydney from Tamworth Railway Station.

Population

The population of Barraba is 1400 people, their median age is 55 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population.

Barraba is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Barraba Multi-purpose service is a 22-bed public hospital with an emergency department and providing integrated acute health, community health and aged care services. There are also a range of visiting services including drug and alcohol, speech therapy, dietitian, occupational therapist, Aged Care Assessment Team, women’s health, community dentist and podiatrist.

The closest major hospital is Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, just over an hour from Barraba.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Barraba.

Accredited GP practices

  • Barraba Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Barraba are: beef cattle farming, hospitals, local government administration, sheep-beef cattle farming and aged care residential services.
  • Childcare

There is one pre-school service in Barraba.
  • Shopping

Barraba has an IGA and some specialty stores. The major regional centre of Tamworth is a 70 min drive from Barraba and offers extensive shopping options.
  • Places of worship

In Barraba there are Anglican, Salvation Army, Uniting and Catholic churches. A range of other places of worship are available in Tamworth.
  • Points of interest

The cultural centre of Barraba is the Playhouse Hotel that has an 80-seat theatre for live entertainment and movies. Water sports are popular on nearby Split Rock Dam including fishing, skiing, sailing and swimming. Mount Kaputar National Park provides opportunities for camping, cycling, walking, horse riding and bird watching. Events include the Barraba Show, Frost Over Barraba Arts Festival and Barraba Race Day.
  • Sporting activities

Barraba has a wide range of sporting clubs and teams including from basketball, dance, bowls, cricket, fishing, golf, rugby league and soccer. A comprehensive listing and contact details can be found at Sports and Recreation in Barraba.
  • Community groups and activities

There are a range of community groups in Barraba including service groups (e.g. Lions and Rotary Clubs), parents groups and volunteer organisations (e.g. SES and RFS). A listing and contact details can be found at Barraba Services & Facilities.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Barraba. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Barraba NSW, Tamworth Regional Council and Barraba Buy, Swap & Sell.