Town’s attractions have staying power

HIGH NOTE: The spirit of singing has helped contribute to the relaxed atmosphere at Andy's Guest House, owner Andy Wright says. The accommodation is in Queen Street.
HIGH NOTE: The spirit of singing has helped contribute to the relaxed atmosphere at Andy's Guest House, owner Andy Wright says. The accommodation is in Queen Street.

A CAFE-turned guest house, an historical school and RSL offering all-you-can-eat pasta nights are just some of the attractions at Barraba.

The town, along the picturesque Fossickers Way, is known for its friendly residents and quaint attractions.

These include a guest house once filled with singing.

Originally built as a café in the 1930s, Andy’s Guest House, in Queen Street, Barraba, has become a popular place to stay since renovations were completed in 2014.

Since then, it’s been drawing guests from across the state, with many singing its praises.

“Our acappella group, Barrapella, used to meet here in the front room every week,” guest house owner Andy Wright said.

“I think the spirit of singing has helped contribute to the home’s relaxed atmosphere.”

Bang in the middle of Barraba’s main street, Andy’s Guest House offers two bedrooms, both with en suites, which lead to the main accommodation area, once used as a cafe.

Here you will find a piano, guitar, TV and free wi-fi with comfortable chairs, kitchen and dining area where guests can relax.

“Business has really picked up in the past year, mainly because of word of mouth,” Mr Wright said.

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St Joseph’s Primary Barraba is a co-educational, Catholic school which has as its motto, “In All Things Charity”.

A strong sense of community is fostered within the students, who are encouraged and supported in their participation in local community events and ceremonies.

St Joseph’s  was established in 1910 by Father Collender and the Sisters of St Joseph.

It is in St John’s Parish Barraba and the student body is made up of students from the township of Barraba and local farming areas.

Barraba Central School is a “caring school striving for high academic, sporting and cultural achievements from kindergarten to year 12”, according to principal Robert Johnston.

“We try to provide a place where students can develop the confidence and self esteem that comes with success,” he said.

The school is on a split site, just one of three such schools in NSW.

There are about 175 students enrolled at the school, with 17 teachers, six administrative and six support personnel.

“Our school has a strong focus on quality teaching and learning and a consistent welfare system,” Mr Johnston said.

Barraba RSL and Recreational Club offers an “all you can eat pizza and pasta” on Wednesday nights for $15.

“We like to serve our community,” acting manager Miriam Jennar said. The club, in Maude Street, has about 900 members and sponsors local organisations and sporting teams, such as Barraba Rugby League Club. 

There’s much to see and do in and around Barraba.

The town is part of the Bundarra-Barraba Important Bird Area (where you may spot the endangered regent honeyeater) as well as the threatened diamond firetail. 

Barraba falls under Tamworth Regional Council, a region which has a gross regional product of about $2.8 billion and has been growing steadily over the past decade.

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