The district was explored in by Allan Cunningham, and the first farm in the district was established by The discovery of gold helped the village to grow from the s.
A railway ran to Barraba from to Barraba was a sheep and wheat district, but now beef cattle predominates. Copper and asbestos were mined in the district, and gemstones and fossils can be found.
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Barraba is in the Bundarra-Barraba Important Bird Area, which protects the habitat of the endangered regent honeyeater. Barraba is on on the B95, better known as Fossickers Way, which starts at Tamworth and heads north through Manilla to Barraba.
Roads to most other places are usually unsealed part or most of the way, although they should be driveable for 2-wheel-drive vehicles under normal driving conditions. Mining and Fossicking In the s, gold was discovered at Woodsreef, Ironbark and Nangahrah creeks and at Crow Mountain, which in its time, made way for two other mining villages Woodsreef and Gulf Creek that were located near Barraba and were about the same size, but have since been abandoned.
Gold and other minerals such as copper, pyrites, jasper, garnets, zeolite, as well as opaque red, brown and yellow quartz, can be found in the ha Woodsreef Recreation Reserve and other fossicking areas in the vicinity while petrified and opalised wood, as well as plant fossils can be found along the roadside near Mt Lindsay. Visitors are welcome to explore the fossicking reserves established at Ironbark Creek and Woodsreef, which are open for camping and bushwalking daily.
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Barraba's attraction is not only limited to nature-based activities, visitors who wander down the main street of the town can immerse themselves in the past, viewing the numerous historic buildings, some of which date back to the s and are heritage listed. Enjoy the beautiful tree-lined streets or stop in at the museum to see relics from a by-gone era.
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