From bushwalking and birdwatching to fishing and fossicking, Bingara is a popular place for outdoor adventure, set in a valley on the banks of the Gwydir River. This historic gold and diamond mining town in the New England region is home to one of the Australia’s most important indigenous memorials.
Gold fever struck the district in the 1850s and diamonds were discovered in the 1880s. In these colonial times, Bingara was Australia’s largest diamond producer. You can learn more about the colonial gold rush and try your luck panning for gold at the Three Creeks Tourist Gold Mine.
In gemstone country on the Fossickers Way touring route, this district is popular for gold, gem and crystal fossicking. Pick up a fossicking map from the Bingara Visitor Information Centre. See gems in the Gem and Mineral Museum, part of the Bingara Historical Museum Complex.
The town has many heritage buildings such as the 1879 Imperial Hotel and the art deco Roxy Theatre. You’ll find several places to stay in Bingara, which is within easy driving distance from Inverell, Glen Innes, Moree, Armidale and Tamworth. The nearest airport is Moree.
For anglers, the meandering Gwydir and Horton rivers are one of best inland freshwater fishing spots in Australia. There are boat ramps in the Copeton Dam State Recreation Park, where you can cast a line for Murray cod and golden perch. Below the dam, trout and redfin are plentiful.
Northwest of Bingara is the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial Walk, a commemoration to the 28 Aboriginal people killed by stockmen on 10 June 1838. This heritage-listed memorial is one of Australia’s most important reconciliation sites. A service is held here every June long weekend.