One of the great things about living here on the mid north coast is the easy access to the central west. After a purchase of a new camper I decided to test run it out through the narrabri area. There are a few different options on the route out there but this time I decided to go via Grafton then to head west to Inverell. A great drive once you get over the Gibralter range onto the tablelands for a level run. Heading south east across towards Narrabri I cruised into the country town of Bingara, where they have some of the best pies that you will find. From here I headed west up over the northern side of Mount Kaputar. A pretty steep drive but great rock formation beautiful country side. Passing Sawn Rocks it was only a 35 km easy drive down into Narrabri.
My plan was to refuel and grab a couple of basics like fresh bread and milk from the local store then head another 24 km west to camp. My choice of camp in the Narrabri area is Yarrie Lake. Some say it's the site of a very old meteor hit which has left a near perfect circle and at a depth of around 1-2 meters deep. The camping is great as all sites are waterfront, fires are allowed and there are showers and toilets nearby. I paid only $15 per night for a camp site- this is a hidden gem !!
Skiing is allowed on the lake if the water levels are up and boats can only go in one direction. Not a biggy but it can get noisy but def entertaining. The forests around the lake are of a Cyprus tree kind and to some give an eerie effect. On a recent trip we caught some blue claw yabbies in the lake and I am sure that there are fish in there too. Swimming and kayaking are other activities on the lake.
For when you get board just 10 minutes away you can visit the huge Narrabri telescopes. There are 6 here and one located several km away. When you drive into the complex you can see a lot of the old equipment like scopes, towers and antennas. At the main display centre there is a hands on area, viewing areas of the huge telescopes and information boards. Def a great place to spend a day exploring and understanding what these things do.
Last year the roads leading to the lake were all dirt, but this year the southern road was nearly tar all the way. The northern road to the lake is still the typical red sandy dirt which gives you the outback feel.
If you want another day away just 30 mins to the west you can visit the Pilliga hot baths, where hot artesian water comes out of the ground. Great place to soak the bones and recover from any ailments.