Deriah Aboriginal Information Bay
Deriah Aboriginal Area
Ideal for school and educational groups, wheelchair-accessible Deriah Aboriginal Information Bay, near Narrabri, offers insight into local Gamilaraay culture and history.
- Education centres
- Deriah Aboriginal Area
- What to
- Sunscreen, hat, drinking water
- Please note
- There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching
Deriah Aboriginal Information Bay is a great introduction to the unique Deriah Aboriginal Area, near Narrabri in north-west NSW. It highlights the natural, cultural and historic heritage of this fascinating region and its importance to the Gamilaraay People. With wheelchair access and seating, it’s ideally-suited for school groups, school excursions and cultural activities for all ages.
With a series of interpretive signs offering a cultural and historic overview, learn the traditional uses of local native plants as well as local language. Or just sit back and listen to the wind blowing through the ancient dry rainforest as it has for eons. Adapting to the arid climate, this unique rainforest once covered vast tracts of Australia when the megafauna roamed the landscape.
Round off your visit with a drive to Biruu gaba lookout walking track for superb mountain scenery and enjoy a barbecue picnic lunch at Wagun picnic area.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/education-centres/deriah-aboriginal-information-bay/local-alerts
- in Deriah Aboriginal Area in the Country NSW region
Deriah Aboriginal Area is always open but may have to close at times due to severe weather or extreme fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Deriah Aboriginal Information Bay.
Getting there and parking
Deriah Aboriginal Information Bay is in Deriah Aboriginal Area.
To get there from Narrabri:
- Drive south-east along Old Gunnedah Road for 3km, then turn left onto Kaputar Road.
- After 9km, turn right onto Eulah Creek Road and continue for 5km until you reach the unsealed section.
- Follow the unsealed section of Eulah Creek Road for 6km, past the olive farm, before turning right onto Carinya Road.
- Follow this route up the hill to enter Deriah Aboriginal Area
- After 1km you'll see the information bay on the left
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Deriah Aboriginal Area Information Bay can become boggy when it rains.
- Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads
- All roads require 4WD vehicle
- Dry weather only
Car and bus parking (one small bus) is available at Deriah Aboriginal Information Bay.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Deriah Aboriginal Area. Here are some of the highlights.
Enjoy bushwalking or mountain biking along the area's roads and trails.
A spectacular time to enjoy the activities of the area's abundant birdlife and wildlife.
Escape the heat of the plains in the dry rainforest, where you can enjoy bushwalking and picnicking as well as a range of cultural activities.
Soak up the sun while enjoying a picnic and take advantage of the scenic views available on a clear winter day.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
19.4°C and 35.3°C
3.4°C and 17°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - easy
- The information bay and associated signage is fully wheelchair-accessible
Barraba (60 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.
Moree (90 km)
Join a Heritage and Art Deco Guided Walk to uncover Moree's outstanding collection of period architecture. Wander along the main street of Moree which showcases heritage-listed buildings influenced by American, Egyptian, Greek and Spanish design practices.
Narrabri (23 km)
Explore Pilliga Forest to see salt caves, native flora and fauna, and bore baths, or enjoy camping and bushwalking in Mt Kaputar National Park. Mt Kaputar's summit offers magnificent panoramic views, and there's excellent cabin accommodation within the park.
Deriah Aboriginal Information Bay is in Deriah Aboriginal Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
Ancient volcanic landscape
The region offers spectacular scenery of steep volcanic rock cliff lines and soft sandstone that has eroded over time into unique formations. The volcanic rocks were created by eruptions that formed the Nandewar Range shield volcano, around 19-21 million years ago. Lava flows were pushed out from beneath the earth’s surface and spread across the land. The lava cooled when it was exposed to the air and hardened to make new rocks.
Bird watching paradise
The Deriah forest region protects a huge and diverse range of bird species, including numerous threatened and significant bird populations. Take your binoculars for a chance to see spotted harrier, little eagle, little lorikeet, black-chinned honeyeater, rainbow bee-eater and hooded robin. A number of species, including the superb parrot, turquoise parrot and speckled warbler, are listed as vulnerable.
Education in the forest
An innovative education package is available for Deriah Aboriginal Area. It aims to incorporate Aboriginal cultural heritage into all aspects of the curriculum. The package provides teachers with excursion options and activities within Deriah forest for stage 1-3 of the NSW Syllabus.
Gamilaraay country – Gamilaraay culture
Deriah Aboriginal Area is of high cultural value to the local Aboriginal community and contains important evidence of their lives in the area, with a large number of significant sites recorded including scarred trees and grinding grooves. The exact origin of the name ‘Deriah’ is unknown, although it may have come from the Gamilaraay word ‘dhiriya’, meaning ‘old’. Deriah Aboriginal Area Co-management Committee was formed in 2008 to work in partnership with NPWS to help guide management of the reserve and encourage connection with country. This committee consists of Aboriginal community members from Narrabri who represent Gamilaraay families with a historical connection to the area.