Yana-y Warruwi walking track

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area

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Overview

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.

Where
Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
3.5km loop
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
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 Kamilaroi 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 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/things-to-do/walking-tracks/yanay-warruwi-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Yana-y Warruwi walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    3.5km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

From Narrabri:

  • 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.

From Moree:

  • 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.

Parking

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.

Autumn

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.

Spring

The wildflowers bloom in spring, along with the bush tucker garden at Terry Hie Hie picnic area.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17.3°C and 33.1°C

Highest recorded

42.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

3.1°C and 18.3°C

Lowest recorded

-6.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

170.9mm

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Adventure sports

Adventure sports like climbing, caving, canyoning and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique environments. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from 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

Bingara (121 km)

Bingara is situated on the beautiful Gwydir River in the Gwydir River Valley and is home to the 1930s Art Deco Roxy Theatre and the refurbished Roxy (Greek) Cafe. This historic former goldmining town is popular today with anglers and fossickers.

www.visitnsw.com

Moree (43 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. 

www.visitnsw.com

Narrabri (204 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.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

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

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area Park. Photo: Matthew Bester

Traditional Kamilaroi 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 Kamilaroi 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 Kamilaroi 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 Kamileroi families with a historical connection to the area.

An endangered ecological community

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area Park. Photo: Matthew Bester

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.

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Yana-y Warruwi walking track, Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area. Photo: Matthew Bester