Population 1205

Located in the centre of an area known as Fossickers Way, Bingara is an old gold- and diamond-mining town in the Gwydir River Valley. Gold was discovered here in 1852. Prospectors have been attracted to the town ever since, drawn by the chance of discovering their own fortunes in gold, tourmaline, sapphires and garnets, and by the peaceful cypress-covered mountain surrounds.

Visitor Information

Roxy Theatre Building, 74 Maitland St; (02) 6724 0066 or 1300 659 919

Nearby national parks

  • Warrabah National Park

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  • Guy Fawkes River National Park

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  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

    Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, much of it World Heritage–listed, is a stunning environment of majestic gorges, deeply incised river...more

Nearby towns

  • Warialda

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  • Inverell

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  • Barraba

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In Town

Orange Tree Memorial Orange trees along Finch St and Gwydir Oval stand as a memorial to those who have fallen in war. During the Orange Festival, Bingara's children pick the fruit and present it to hospital patients and the elderly.

All Nations Goldmine: a stamper battery is the only visible remnant; Hill St.

Historical Museum: slab building (1860) displays gems and minerals and 19th-century furniture and photographs; Maitland St.

Visitor Information Centre: set in the beautifully restored 1930s Art Deco Roxy Theatre complex; Maitland St.

Gwydir River Rides: trail rides; Keera St.

Gwydir River: walking track along the bank, and reportedly the best Murray cod fishing in NSW.

Self-guided historical/scenic town walk and drive: contact visitor centre for maps.


Three Creeks Goldmine: working mine open to the public for gold panning, crystal fossicking and bushwalking; 24 km S.

Myall Creek Memorial: monument to 28 Aboriginal men, women and children killed in the massacre of 1838; Delungra–Bingara Rd; 27 km NE.

Rocky Creek glacial area: unusual conglomerate rock formations; 37 km SW.

Sawn Rocks: pipe-shaped volcanic rock formations; 70 km SW.

Birdwatching and fossicking: maps available from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Copeton 40 km

Lake Copeton has an excellent catchment area, fed by the Gwydir River and runoff from the New England Tablelands. The lake is about 46 km west of Inverell on the Gwydir Highway. Its dam wall was constructed primarily to... Find out more

Campsites around town

Gwydir River camping areas 9 km

Bingara is a quaint and friendly town, 100 km north-east of Narrabri on the Gwydir River. There’s a 10 km area eastward from the town on Keera Rd where casual riverside bush camping is available. You can swim, fish... Find out more

Rocky Creek Glacial camping areas 30 km

Rocky Creek is a picturesque string of placid waterholes formed by glacial activity about 290 million years ago. There are numerous camping areas scattered along the creek, but they’re pretty basic; bring your own... Find out more

Cranky Rock Recreation Reserve 35 km

Located 8 km east of Warialda on the Gwydir Hwy, Cranky Rock Recreation Reserve is characterised by a visually arresting assembly of granite boulders, picnic facilities, a kiosk and bush shower. Visitors can follow a... Find out more

Copeton Waters State Park camping area 39 km

What can’t you do here? Canoeing, sailing, golf, fishing, walking and cricket are just a few of the activities on offer for daytrippers or multi-day visitors alike. There’s even a waterslide. There are cabins... Find out more

Copeton Northern Foreshores Reserve camping area 42 km

On the northern shores of Copeton Dam, across the water from Copeton Waters State Park, this is a wonderful spot for fishing, waterskiing, fossicking, boating and birdwatching. At only 17 km south-west of Inverell via... Find out more

Little Creek Recreation Reserve 51 km

You’ll find this small camping area 20 km north-west of Barraba via Trevallyn Rd. Barraba is on the Fossickers Way, and offers visitors plenty of activities such as swimming, boating and fishing at Split Rock... Find out more

Horton Falls camping area 56 km

This is a small and simple camping spot 39 km west of Barraba, which is on Fossickers Way. It’s 2WD access in dry weather only, via Mt Lindsay Rd off Trevallyn Rd. Bring drinking water and firewood and be prepared... Find out more

Dawsons Spring camping area 60 km

Just past the Mt Kaputar summit on the main access road, Dawsons Spring is a larger camping area with access to the medium–difficult Summit Walk (2 km, 1.5 hr) and Bundabulla Circuit Track (3 km, 3 hr), and the... Find out more

Bark Hut camping area 63 km

There are 15 camping spots here, on the main access road about 6 km from Mt Kaputar. This is the starting point for the demanding Scutts Hut walk (19 km, 6 hr), which should only be undertaken by fit, experienced and... Find out more

Glenriddle Reserve camping area 65 km

Glenriddle Reserve is set in the northern reaches of Split Rock Dam, 15 km south of Barraba and roughly 100 km north of Tamworth on Fossickers Way. The dam is popular with fishing and boating aficionados, and the Barraba... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Gwydir Carapark 82 km

This park is located on the southern approach to Moree, about 3 km from the town centre. It has good amenities but its most attractive feature is the hot mineral spa and pool. A relaxing dip in a thermal pool is very... Find out more

Big Sky Caravan Park 91 km

Conveniently located in the heart of town, this is a large grassy caravan park within walking distance of the main street and close to the RSL club. It is a good friendly park close to the highway and is ideal for a few... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bingara Fossickers Way Motel

Celebrated for its warm and relaxed atmosphere, this motel is located a stone’s throw from the centre of town. Encircled by a lovely garden, guests stay in simple, comfortable guest rooms catering for everyone... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Dumboy Creek rest area 34 km

25km SE of Warialda (R) or 36km NW of Inverell (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Koorligur rest area 36 km

3km E of Warialda (R) or 58km W of Inverell (L)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Cunninghams rest area 36 km

78km E of Moree (L) or 2km W of Warialda (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Bells rest area 40 km

46km SE of Warialda (R) or 15km NW of Inverell (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Runnymede rest area 56 km

4km E of Inverell (L) or 63km W of Glenn Innes (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Gum Flat camping area 65 km

T/O 25km E of Moree (L) or 55km W of Warialda (R)

Secluded area 3km (unsealed) north of the highway on the riverbank.

Tookey Creek rest area 76 km

48km S of Moree (L)

Adjacent to the highway and surrounded by scrub. For southbound only.

Boolooroo rest area 81 km

8km NE of Moree (L) or 106km SW of Boggabilla (R)

Adjacent to the highway and under a couple of trees.

Moree Park Area 84 km

North side of town

Parking area just off the highway. Good facilities. Limited shade.

Swan Brook rest area 84 km

33km E of Inverell (R) or 34km W of Glen Innes (L)

Just off the highway on the east side of the bridge.

Gil Gil Creek rest area 94 km

39km N of Moree (L) or 75km S of Boggabilla (R)

Just off the highway among a couple of trees.

What's on around town

Bingara Cup Race Meeting: Feb.

Bingara Fishing Competition: Easter.

Campdraft: Apr.

Orange Festival: Aug.

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