One of the things we love most about travelling around in this beautiful country of ours, is finding awesome spots to camp. (And sharing them with you!) Located about 30 kilometres from Narrabri on the northern fringes of the Pilliga State Forest, Yarrie Lake is one of those spots. It is an absolute hidden gem!
Yarrie Lake is a three kilometre round saucer-shaped lake which was most likely formed by a meteor strike thousands of years ago. Although only small, we thought that Yarrie Lake was just gorgeous.
CAMPING AT YARRIE LAKE
If you’re looking for a quiet out of the way spot to stay then Yarrie Lake is most probably the spot for you. There are unlimited free-range camp sites located around the entire perimeter of the Lake. The lake is edged by scrub, so shade is not an issue. Dotted throughout the area are covered picnic tables and also fire pits.
Peter, the current caretaker, will deliver a load of wood directly to your campsite – for free!
If you require power, there are a limited number of powered sites located near the caretakers’ cottage on the western side of the lake. Opposite these sites is a small amenities block with toilets and showers. These facilities were basic and although older, they were clean.
A powered campsite will set you back $18 per night or $15 for un-powered. These fees are per site.
As Yarrie Lake is a Flora and Fauna Reserve, dogs are not permitted.
Yarrie Lake is home to a huge variety of birdlife, so it is a popular spot for birdwatching. It’s abundance of water, trees and ground cover make this the perfect place for birds to nest and breed. In fact, over 70 different species call Yarrie Lake home at various times of the year.
During summer, Yarrie Lake comes alive with water skiers taking to the smooth surface of the lake. If you do wish to water ski on the lake you will require a licence. These can be obtained from the Yarrie Lake Flora and Fauna Reserve Trust. At other times of the year kayakers and even stand-up paddle boarders can be seen cruising around.
Yabbying is another popular pass time at the lake although you may not find many to catch as the lake was completely dry a couple of years ago.
Even though the water in the lake has a somewhat milky coloured appearance it is completely safe to swim in. The colour is believed to come from the sands and soils of the Pillaga which surround the lake.
Or if you just want to kick back and relax around your campfire then I can highly recommend that as well!