Yana-y Warruwi walking track
Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area
Yana-y Warruwi walking track offers an easy stroll through forest and grassland near Terry Hie Hie, with Aboriginal sites along the way and opportunities for birdwatching.
- 3.5km loop
- Time suggested
- 2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
- Grade 3
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
- Please note
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
- There is limited/no mobile reception in this park.
Beginning at Terry Hie Hie picnic area, Yana-y Warruwi walking track offers a scenic stroll through the beautiful vegetation surrounding the township. The traditional Gamilaraay Aboriginal People once used this area for important ceremonial gatherings, and evidence of this usage still remains in the form of axe-grinding grooves on rocks.
Starting with cypress pine and silver leaf ironbark woodland, the track then weaves through open grassland and smooth bark apple woodland. In spring, wildflowers bloom abundantly, spreading colours across the landscape.
Numerous birds occupy the area, so don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars for birdwatching. Though there are places to rest as you walk, consider packing a picnic lunch and taking advantage of the facilities back at the 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/walking-tracks/yanay-warruwi-walking-track/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area in the Country NSW region
Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Yana-y Warruwi walking track.
Features of this track
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Quality of markings
Clearly sign posted
No experience required
Quality of path
Formed track, some obstacles
Getting there and parking
- Head north out of Narrabri along the Newell Highway to Bellata (47 km).
- Turn right onto Wilga Street (follow the sign for Terry Hie Hie).
- This road turns into Berrigal Creek Road. Follow this road for 34km and veer left at the Y-intersection with Melburra Road.
- Terry Hie Hie picnic area is a further 14 km on the left, and just north of Terry Hie Hie village.
- Head west on the Gwydir Highway out of Moree towards Warialda.
- Travel 6km and turn right onto the Moree-Terry Hie Hie Road.
- The Terry Hie Hie picnic area is located approximately 43km from the Gwydir Highway turnoff, on the right, just before the church.
Bus and car parking is available at Terry Hie Hie picnic area.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area. Here are some of the highlights.
Safe from the worst of the blazing sun, these months are ideal for a stroll along Yana-y Warruwi walking track, followed by a picnic in the picnic area.
The wildflowers bloom in spring, along with the bush tucker garden at Terry Hie Hie picnic area.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
17.3°C and 33.1°C
3.1°C and 18.3°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - hard
- Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.
Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Yana-y Warruwi walking track is in Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
A living link between generations
Traditional Gamilaraay Aboriginal People once used the lands around Terry Hie Hie for significant ceremonial events. The Aboriginal area encompasses a corroboree ground and at least 240 axe-grinding grooves that have been around for generations. European farmers entered the area in the 1830s, but after some early skirmishes, the Aboriginal people remained on for many decades, maintaining a good relationship with John Cory, who ran a cattle station in the area. A campground for the Gamilaraay was established as an Aboriginal Reserve in 1895, but by the 1940s all occupants had left. Today, Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area forms a tangible link between the Gamilaraay ancestors and their living descendants.
A unique partnership
Terry Hie Hie 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 who represent Gamilaraay families with a historical connection to the area.
An endangered ecological community
Unsurprisingly, bird watching is superb here, so don’t forget to pack a pair of binoculars to try and spot the many unusual species flying around. Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area is home to rich birdlife, including the speckled warbler, little lorikeet, glossy black cockatoo, and masked owl. You might also catch a glimpse of some native wildlife with koalas and wallabies also calling the area home.