One of the best kept secrets of north-west New South Wales is the town of Collarenebri. A town where travellers tend to only glance at the old buildings and quiet streets as they pass through. The town was originally known as "Collarindabri," the Aboriginal name for "place of many flowers".
Many experienced fishermen consider the Barwon River at Collarenebri one of the best inland fishing locations in Australia and ideal for water skiing. A weir across the river, just half a kilometre out of town, is a wonderful and popular site. It provides for excellent boating upstream and good fishing downstream. Try your hand at fishing for the famous Yellow Belly.
Camping is permitted on many riverbank sites and, at an area known as "The Rocks", the water is usually shallow enough to paddle. The pioneers used this point as a crossing for horses in the early days.
A well-preserved Aboriginal cemetery, just out of the town, is unique. An arranged tour, with a local guide who knows its history, is a rare and delightful experience. In addition sacred Aboriginal sites such as the carved trees at Collymongle Station is a unique experience.
Another popular activity are the several gravel pits around the town which provide fossicking for quartz, topaz, agate, petrified wood and other materials. An organised tour to local cotton farms, and associated gin can often be arranged. This small, quiet, country town also boasts a swimming pool that is open from October to March; a lawn open-air theatre that operates between November and April; and many other sporting activities.
If you are looking for a relaxing few days away from the big city, why not try Collarenebri.