Situated in the heart of the Namoi Valley in north-west Country NSW, Narrabri is a vibrant centre known for cotton, beef and wheat production.
The population of Narrabri is 7,392 of which 50.6% are females and 49.4% are males. There is an indigenous population of 761 (10.3%) and the median age is 38.
Narrabri is located in the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN).
This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the HNECCPHN.
Narrabri is situated 560km north west of Sydney on the Kamilaroi Highway and 560km south west of Brisbane on the Newell Highway. It is just over an hour south of Moree and just over 2 hours northwest of Tamworth.
The town’s name means ‘forked waters’, which aptly describes the splintering waterways you will see as you pass over the Namoi River, the Narrabri Creek and the creek’s sub-branch, Horse Arm Creek. Narrabri is the centre of a major cotton-growing industry.
Narrabri does not currently have an air service, however, Moree Airport (just over an hour north) offers multiple daily flights to and from Sydney while Tamworth Airport (two hours southeast) also offers multiple daily flights to and from Sydney and Brisbane.
NSW TrainLink operates a daily Explorer passenger service each way between Sydney and Moree, through Boggabri and Narrabri.
The major sources of employment in Narrabri are:
- Retail Trade
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing
- Education and Training
Narrabri Hospital is a small regional hospital with fewer than 50 beds and has an emergency department with services, such as, admissions, elective surgery, orthopaedics, cardiovascular, urological unit, other surgeries as well as a five-bed maternity unit and one birthing room with a bath for water immersion during labour.
The closest regional hospital is Moree Hospital just over an hour to the north. Moree hospital is a 52 bed hospital and provides a wide range of services, including 24 hour emergency supported with x-ray, ultra-scan and pathology services, community health, primary health, aged care, mental health and outreach services.
Narrabri is serviced by NSW Ambulance Service.
There are two general practice training facilities situated in Narrabri.
Narrabri offers occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school services.
As a regional centre Narrabri features several most of the well-known national chains including Coles and FoodWorks supermarket, Target, Rockmans, Video Ezy, Toyworld, Crazy Clark’s and Repco. Narrabri also boasts a wide variety of unique retail outlets where you will find everything from stylish children’s, men’s and ladies stylish boutiques, homeware and gifts.
Places of worship located in Narrabri include, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Outreach Centre, Narrabri Corps, New Life Christian Fellowship, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh-day Adventist churches.
As a regional centre Narrabri offers sporting and recreational clubs, shopping, markets, music, ten pin bowling, art, events and much more.
Satisfy your scientific curiosities at the most advanced radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, located 25km west of Narrabri at the Paul Wild Observatory.
From the 1512m summit of Mt Kaputar, 52 km east of Narrabri, you will be treated to panoramic views encompassing a staggering ten percent of NSW.
The Crossing Theatre complex is designed to cater for residents with its 1000-seat auditorium, which regularly stages large scale conferences, promotions and concerts, while latest release movies are screen in the twin cinemas.
There is also Narrabri Art and Craft Society Cultural Experience, Narrabri Gaol and Museum and Narrabri Fish Farm, as well as fishing along the picturesque Namoi River.