Yarrie Lake

Private Campground - New South Wales


Yarrie Lake, a 3km saucer shaped expanse of water on the very edge of the Pilliga Scrub is thought to have been formed by a falling meteor many thousands of years ago. Whatever its origins its existence is much appreciated by locals, visitors and wildlife alike.

A veritable Mecca for over 70 bird species, its sheltered position makes it an excellent natural bird breeding ground. Recently some keen bird watchers spotted a pair of storm birds that they reported would be on their way from Russia for the summer. (Please ask the Visitors Information Centre for a Bird List for Yarrie Lake.)

Of particular interest is the unusual milky colour of the water.  It's thought that the colour comes from the sandy bases of the creeks and the soil from the Pilliga scrub, the water from which fills Yarrie Lake.  Although some visitors who are used to the pristine clear waters of the coast and tableland waterways may be deterred from swimming in Yarrie Lake, we can assure them that the water is quite suitable for swimming and water activities.  Because of its dish shape, relatively shallow nature and opaque appearance of the water, no diving is permitted and visitors are urged to be mindful that it is a natural environment and due care needs to be taken to ensure that visitors enjoy their experience.

Some marvellous sunsets make Yarrie Lake a popular spot for photographers, while others come here to enjoy water sports or a touch of yabbying. Before launching boats, please call Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre.

Travellers seeking a little peace will love the quiet isolation, while powered sites, hot showers, toilet and laundry facilities bring that touch of civilisation to this bush camping experience.

There are unlimited camping spots amongst the shady gum trees around the lake. Wood burning barbecues and fire rings are provided (ask the caretaker about possible fire restrictions).

Dotted around the lake are picnic shelters and tables.  Drinking water provided.

Those wishing to use the lake for skiing must apply for a licence through the Yarrie Lake Flora & Fauna Reserve Trust.

There are generally volunteer caretakers living at the lake.  Campers are asked to check in with them prior to setting up camp.

Getting there:

Yarrie Lake is located 28kms from Narrabri.

From the Visitor Information Centre, take the Newell Highway towards Coonabarabran. Turn right at the BP Service Station into Ugoa St, past the showground complex and then follow the Australia Telescope signs, which will take you left into Walowa Street and then right into Goobar Street.

Continue on this road for approx 20 kilometres until you get to a sign to the right to the Australia Telescope. Continue past the turn off to CSIRO Australia Telescope for approximately 3kms then turn left to Yarrie Lake.

Continue down this road for approx 3kms then turn right onto a dirt road signposted to Yarrie Lake, this road goes around the edge of the lake.

If you require the caretakers- they are located on the western side of the lake. To get to the Western side, follow above directions then turn left at the second large information sign, this will lead you past some tennis courts to the caretakers and amenities block.  

Great spot.
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