Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area

Overview

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area features six significant cultural reserves, with places to picnic, opportunities for birdwatching, and a beautiful walking track.

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Created in 2005, Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area was once an important ceremonial and gathering place for the traditional Kamilaroi (Gomeroi, Gamileroi, Gamileraay) Aboriginal People. Today, it’s a tranquil spot, scattered in sections around the small town, which is also called Terry Hie Hie.

Evidence of long-term use of the area includes at least 240 axe-grinding grooves and the remains of a corroboree ground. A bora, several carved trees, scarred trees, and two Aboriginal cemeteries can also be found nearby. The local community and descendants of the Kamilaroi People often visit for cultural, recreational and educational purposes.

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area is home to a staggering variety of native wildlife, including woodland birds, mammals, and reptiles. These can often be seen in lush communities of cypress pine and silver leaf ironbark woodland.

Take an opportunity to wander through the forest, soaking up the ambiance, cultural significance, and natural splendour of a place that has been appreciated and admired by people for hundreds of years.

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area also has an innovative educational program that provides teachers and students a rare opportunity to learn about the language, history and culture of Kamileroi people.

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/visit-a-park/parks/terry-hie-hie-aboriginal-area/local-alerts

Contact

  • 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.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area.

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

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area is not accessible by public transport.

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

Facilities

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

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).

Prohibited

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

Moree (50 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. 

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Narrabri (98 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

Bingara (153 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.

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Learn more

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

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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What we're doing

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.

Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area. Photo: Matthew Bester