On the banks of the beautiful Gwydir River in a pretty valley, Bingara is a charming town in the splendid New England region of NSW. You’ll find plenty of outdoor adventures, from bushwalking and birdwatching to fishing and fossicking. You can also visit an important indigenous memorial.
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 discover 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 and see the sparkling gems in the Gem and Mineral Museum, part of the Bingara Historical Museum Complex.
For anglers, the meandering Gwydir and Horton rivers are one of best inland freshwater fishing destinations 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.
A short drive northwest of Bingara is the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial Walk, a commemoration to the 28 Aboriginal people killed by stockmen on June 10, 1838. This heritage-listed memorial is one of Australia’s most important reconciliation sites and a service is held here every June long weekend.
You’ll find several places to stay in Bingara, where there are beautifully restored heritage buildings such as the 1879 Imperial Hotel and the art deco Roxy Theatre. The town is within easy driving distance from Inverell, Glen Innes, Moree, Armidale and Tamworth. The nearest airport is Moree.