Warrabah campground and picnic area

Warrabah National Park

Overview

Enjoy vehicle-based camping in your 4WD beside Namoi River at Warrabah campground and picnic area, where you can bushwalk, fish, swim, and go canoeing.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Firewood
Price

$6 per adult per night. $3.50 per child per night.

Bookings For more information about this campground, please contact Narrabri office.
Please note Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

This is a great place to base yourself to enjoy all that the park has to offer – bushwalking, birdwatching, swimming, canoeing, and more.

You’ll wake up every morning to the sights and sounds of the gorgeous Namoi River at this lovely, relaxing campground. There is plenty of wildlife, dramatic granite boulders, and a gloriously varied landscape of colourful plants and animals. The campsite is well laid-out, with a picnic area right beside the river. At night, cook up the fish you’ve caught in the river over the open fireplace and dig into a feast.

Animals that visit here include eastern grey kangaroos, common wallaroos and red-necked wallabies, and look out for the paddling platypus that splash about in the river holes during the afternoon. Birdwatchers will appreciate the many species that call this area home, from crimson and eastern rosellas to sulphur-crested cockatoos and superb fairy-wrens.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/warrabah-campground-and-picnic-area/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Warrabah campground and picnic area.

Getting there and parking

The safest, legal way to get to this campground is via Manilla.

Don’t use Google Maps to direct you to this campground and picnic area. It will take you on unsafe, unmarked roads through private property. You can use Google Maps to get you to Manilla only. From Manilla, please follow these directions:

  • Travel north out of town across the Namoi River towards Barraba
  • Around 500m north of the bridge, turn right onto Barraba Street
  • Continue onto Namoi River Road and follow the signs to Warrabah National Park
  • Turn right onto Warrabah Trail

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Warrabah campground and picnic area. Limited bus parking is also available.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Warrabah National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Make the most of the cooler days to explore some of the park's more heart-pumping bushwalks.

Spring

A lovely time to enjoy picnicking by the river, indulging in wildlife and nature photography, birdwatching, and bushwalking.

Summer

Cool off from the heat in the lovely Namoi River with a swim and a splash, enjoy a spot of fishing, or take on a bracing canoeing adventure.

Winter

The park is often quiet at this time of year, yet doesn't get too cold, so it's a good opportunity to go bushwalking and birdwatching in solitude.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 32°C

Highest recorded

41.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

0°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-9.4°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

194.3mm

Facilities

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected within the park.

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Armidale (33 km)

During autumn the parks and gardens around Armidale show their beautiful colours. Enjoy a drive along the Waterfall Way, stopping at waterfalls and craggy gorges in the rugged countryside.

www.visitnsw.com

Barraba (6 km)

Barraba is a birdwatcher's paradise - spot the rare Regent Honeyeater on one of the region's 14 bird routes, which have fine tree cover and good public access. There are plenty of great spots for bushwalking, such as through remnant rainforest in Mount Kaputar National Park.

www.visitnsw.com

Tamworth (14 km)

Tamworth's annual Country Music Festival is the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere and one of the top 10 music festivals in the world, with more than 2,200 events and 400 performances or gigs across 90 venues.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Warrabah campground and picnic area is in Warrabah National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A river runs through it

River winding thought the rocks, Warrabah National Park. Photo: David Young

The soothing atmosphere and scenery created by the impressive Namoi River is surpassed by few national parks and must be seen to be fully appreciated. Huge granite boulders tower above the valley's deep, tranquil pools, while the rushing rapids are a highly enjoyable challenge for experienced canoeists.

Amazing animals

River and mountains, Warrabah National Park. Photo: David Young

The park is home to plenty of interesting animals, which you'll encounter throughout your visit. You might spot eastern grey kangaroos, common wallaroos and red-necked wallabies in the fields and forests at dawn and dusk. Platypus can be seen on rare occasions splashing along the river in waterholes during the late afternoon too. At night, common brushtail possums and sugar gliders can be caught foraging in the Kurrajong trees. Common reptiles here include lace monitors, southern spotted velvet geckos and red-bellied black snakes. Namoi River even provides habitat for the vulnerable Bell's turtle, which is found only within the Namoi/Gwydir catchment. Be sure to bring your binoculars if you enjoy bird watching because over 120 species of birds have been sighted here, from robins, rosellas and cockatoos to wedge-tailed eagles and wrens, just to name a few.

Gone fishing

View from the cabin, Warrabah National Park. Photo: David Young

Keen fishers will be delighted at the freshwater fish species that can be caught here, including the delicious Murray cod and freshwater catfish, as well as several smaller species, such as the western carp gudgeon.

Education resources (1)

Namoi River hero, Warrabah National Park. Photo: David Young