Barraba is a small service town encounted when traveling the Tamworth to Warialda Rd; a commonly used back route to Qld. Barraba is a nice, friendly and colourful town. Heritage factors are clearly important, with preservation and promotion of the ‘old’ buildings being active. Barraba has had ebb and flow mining industry.

Barraba station was taken up in 1838. Its name derives from an Aboriginal term, said to mean 'camp by the riverbank'. In the mid-1840s Scotsman John McKid opened the first store on the future town site which was surveyed in 1852.

Later in the decade gold was discovered in the area at Woods reef, Ironbark Creek and Crow Mountain. Woods reef became a vital village at this time but virtually disappeared when the gold was exhausted in the late 1860s.

Asbestos was first mined at Woods reef from 1919-1923. However, it was not until 1972 that a large open-cut asbestos mine was opened there, furnishing much local employment, although it closed down in the 1980s. Diatomite mining began north of Barraba in 1982. The area is also rich in chromite, fireclays, gold, limestone, magnesite, copper, chalk and quartz.

There are a number of old ‘preserved’ buildings in Barraba.

The Catholic Churchand the Anglican were built in 1960.The Anglican looks older but the dedication date is in the 1960’s. The United and Salvation Army are undated.

The Barraba Museum is in the southern end of the town.

The Barraba War Memorial is represented with the central town clock. There is also small memorial for more recent conflicts.

Barraba has two very old trading classic pubs. But the Play House Hotel has been converted to a theatre and restaurant.  

There is a case to stay awhile when visiting Barraba. This is a very friendly place.

Heritage diary




  Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course