Brewarrina is an historic town on the banks of the noble Barwon River. This was once the highest point that river steamers could reach on the Darling River system, and the area remains a special place rich with Aboriginal significance.
Once the highest point paddle-steamers could reach on the Darling River system, Brewarrina is rich with fascinating history and indigenous heritage. You’ll find plenty of things to see and do from heritage trails and museums to quality fishing on the beautiful Darling River, where you will find ancient man-made fish traps.
The stone fish traps here were used for many thousands of years. Stretching for half a kilometre along the bed of the Barwon River, these form a 'net' across the river. During the fishing season, neighbouring Aboriginal peoples once came together here for ceremonies and trade.
The Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum on the corner of Bathurst and Darling streets is an epic re-telling of the history of the local Aboriginal people. Starting with stories of the creation period, when mythical beings sculpted the landscape, to recent history, this is a powerful and deeply moving experience.
Striding across the Barwon River, the historic Brewarrina Old Bridge could once be raised to allow steamers to pass below. Held nearby on the June long weekend, the Bre Big Fish is an ecologically friendly sporting event. Organised by the Brewarrina Fishing Club, this a fun-filled, family weekend.
Explore the historic town, one of the 19th century bases for the famous Cobb & Co stagecoach company. This service famously carried mail and passengers through the goldfields and towns of NSW. Visit the historic Courthouse and Royal Hotel, situated near the site of Cobb & Co's booking office.
A few kilometres east of Brewarrina, Four Mile Camping Reserve is a top spot for fishing and swimming in the Barwon River.