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New England/Northwest

Narrabri is set in the in the Namoi Valley and is known for rich agriculture, world-leading astronomy, spectacular wilderness and outdoor adventure.

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Location

Narrabri is located at the junction of Newell and Kamilaroi Highways, 525 km (6 hr drive) north west of Sydney and 580 km (6 hr 20 min drive) south west of Brisbane. It is just over 100 km (65 min drive) south of Moree and just over 170 km (2 hr drive) northwest of Tamworth.

Narrabri is at the heart of the second richest agricultural shire in Australia – alongside cotton there is wheat, beef, lamb, olives, wine and tea production leading to a thriving foodie culture.

 

How to get there

Narrabri airport has flights to Brisbane via Moree, and direct regular flights to Sydney with Fly Corporate .

NSW TrainLink operates a daily passenger service each way between Sydney and Moree, through Narrabri.

Population

Home to more than 7,600 people, the median age of residents of Narrabri is 39 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 12% of the population.

Narrabri 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

Narrabri Hospital has  a 24-hour emergency department service with on call visiting medical officers, the hospital has a 28-bed inpatient unit which caters for maternity, paediatrics, medical, surgical and palliative care as well as an eight bed day surgery unit.

Narrabri Community Health services the Narrabri community with allied health services, such as, speech pathology, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics and a community nursing service.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Narrabri.

Accredited GP practices

  • Bridge Medical Centre
  • Narrabri Medical Services

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Narrabri are: coal mining, supermarket and grocery store, local government administration, scientific research services and primary education.
  • Education

Narrabri has three primary schools and a secondary school: Narrabri Public SchoolNarrabri West Public SchoolSt Francis Xavier’s Primary School and Narrabri High School. Both New England TAFE and Community College Northern Inland have campuses in Narrabri.
  • Childcare

For young families Narrabri has a good range of child care facilities including long day care, family day care, before school care, after school care and vacation care services.  
  • Shopping

As a regional centre Narrabri is home to national chain stores including Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, Target and Mitre 10. There is also a variety of boutique and specialty stores, cafes and restaurants.
  • Places of worship

There are numerous places of worship located in Narrabri including Anglican, Australian Christian Church. Baptist, Catholic, Christian Outreach, New Life Christian Fellowship, Presbyterian, Seventh-day Adventist and Uniting churches.
  • Points of interest

In Narrabri and the surrounding areas there are numerous activities of interest including the CSIRO’s Australia Telescope, the largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, the Crossing Theatre complex, the biggest of its kind in regional NSW includes a 1000-seat auditorium and two cinemas and the magnificent Mount Kaputar National Park, with its extinct volcanoes, it offers bushwalking and camping opportunities. Events in Narrabri include the Namoi Carp Muster, Namoi Picnic Races and Narrabri Show, see the Narrabri events calendar.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Narrabri including rugby union, rugby league, AFL, shooting, riding, polocrosse, soccer, netball and bushwalking. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Narrabri Shire Community Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

In Narrabri community groups and volunteer organisations include Narrabri Rotary Club, Narrabri Lions Club, Narrabri Lioness Club, Mainly Music, Narrabri Art & Craft Society and Narrabri Bushcare Group. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Narrabri Shire Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Narrabri. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Narrabri Shire Council, Narrabri Notice Board (Original), Narrabri Buy Swap and Sell, The Crossing Theatre Narrabri and Narrabri.net.