Discover a fascinating history and ancient Aboriginal heritage in the Outback NSW town of Brewarrina. From exploring museums and heritage trails to fishing on the Darling River and marvelling at stone fish traps, there’s are plenty of cultural and outdoor activities.
Things to do in Brewarrina
Stretching for half a kilometre along the Barwon River, the incredible and complex stone fish traps date back over 40,000 years. They were used for thousands of years as a net across the river to catch fish. It was here that neighbouring Aboriginal peoples would come together for ceremonies and trade during the fishing season. Book a visit via the Brewarrina Visitor Information Centre.
To learn about the local Aboriginal people and their history, visit Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum. This is a powerful and deeply moving experience that starts with stories of the creation period, when mythical beings sculpted the landscape, to the re-telling of recent history.
Brewarrina was once the highest point paddle-steamers could reach on the Darling River system. Straddling the Barwon River, the historic Brewarrina Barwon Bridge was built in 1889 to allow paddle-steamers to pass below. It is one of only two surviving examples of NSW’s first lift bridges.
This historic town was once a base for the Cobb & Co stagecoach company, which carried mail and passengers through the goldfields and towns of NSW in the 19th century. Heritage buildings include the Brewarrina Court House and Royal Hotel, found near the site of Cobb & Co's former booking office. Nearby is Muddy Waters Coffee Shop and Brewarrina RSL, both serving food.
A few kilometres east of Brewarrina, Four Mile Camping Reserve is a top spot for fishing and swimming in the Barwon River. Head along to the Bre Big Fish, an ecologically friendly sporting event held annually on the June long weekend. Organised by the Brewarrina Fishing Club, it is a fun-filled, family event.
Getting to and staying in Brewarrina
From Sydney and Canberra it takes 9-10 hours to drive to Brewarrina. Alternatively, you can fly to Dubbo, which is 4 hours’ drive away. 4WD cars are recommended for unsealed roads and many of the national parks. There are a number of places to stay, from motels to camp grounds.