Brewarrina Area

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 plenty of things to do in this town on the Barwon River.

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.

Stones in the Barwon River that form the ancient Aboriginal Brewarrina Fish Traps

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.

Aboriginal elder leading a tour around the Brewarrina Fish Traps

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.

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.

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  1. Bre Big Fish

    Tuesday 11 June 2019 , Brewarrina

    Held on the June long weekend, the "Bre Big Fish" is become bigger and better every year, attracting over 600 anglers in 2015. The Brewarrina Fishing Club aims to reduce the amount of pest fish such as Carp and restock the Barwon-Darling…

    11 Jun
  2. Duck Creek Picnic Races

    Saturday 06 July 2019 to Sunday 07 July 2019 , Nyngan

    The Duck Creek Picnic Races are without a doubt the Western Plains social event of the year... An event not to be missed! Enjoy traditional outback horse racing with all the facilities including TAB, Bookmakers, Bar and Food. Duck Creek…

    06 Jul - 07 Jul
  3. AGL Nyngan Ag Expo

    Saturday 03 August 2019 , Nyngan

    The AGL Nyngan Ag Expo is a community event organised by a dedicated volunteer committee and all funds raised are returned to the community of Nyngan. Over 260 exhibitors will display their products and services ranging from farm…

    03 Aug