North West Slopes

The North West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia refers generally to the area west of the Northern Tablelands, to the north of the Central West region and to the east of the Far West region. The region corresponds generally to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's forecast area of North West Slopes and Plains.[1]

North West Slopes
New South Wales
Federal Division(s)Parkes
Localities around North West Slopes:
Far West South Downs Northern Tablelands
Far West North West Slopes New England
Orana Central West Central Tablelands

The major event in the region is the Tamworth Country Music Festival, held in Tamworth, New South Wales. It is the second largest country music festival in the world and one of Australia’s largest festivals. Smaller market shop festivals can be located in Narrabri, Moree and Gunnedah.

The region is higher, hillier and wetter on its eastern edge than on its western edge. The North West Slopes are situated on various tributaries to the Darling River, which rise in the Great Dividing Range country to its east, such as the Barwon, Gwydir, and Namoi Rivers.

The North West Slopes includes the towns of Gunnedah, Warialda, Manilla, Boggabri, Mungindi, Narrabri, Moree, Quirindi, Wee Waa, the city of Tamworth and many villages.[2]

It has traditionally been a major wheat-growing area, but in recent decades irrigated crops, especially cotton, have become significant. The primary exports are cotton, coal, beef, lamb and pork, cereal and oilseed grains.

The North West region is traversed by the New England Highway, Newell Highway, the Kamilaroi Highway, Oxley Highway and the Gwydir Highway and by railways such as the Main Western railway line, linking Bourke to Sydney with connections to the port of Newcastle. The Main North railway line trains no longer continue to the Queensland border, but Werris Creek, Tamworth and Kootingal are still served by the NSW TrainLink Xplorer service between Sydney and Armidale.

Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri, is within the North West Slopes region.

This region is often included as part of the New England region. Sometimes the region is also known as the New England North West[3] or less commonly the Northern Inland Region[4] when it also includes the Northern Tablelands.

Local Government Areas (LGA) include Gunnedah Shire, Liverpool Plains Shire, Moree Plains Shire, Narrabri Shire, Gwydir Shire and Tamworth Regional Council.

See also


  1. "Forecast areas". Bureau of Meteorology. Archived from the original on 12 November 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2006.
  2. New South Wales Forecast Areas Map Archived 12 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2009-10-14
  3. New England North West Retrieved 2009-9-27
  4. Northern Inland Region Retrieved 2009-10-7

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