Bingara is a special town situated midway between Brisbane and Sydney in northern New South Wales and is at the heart of the Fossickers Way. It is special, not just because it is built on the banks of the Gwydir River, enveloped by National Parks, but because of its people. Bingara is a community in the old fashioned sense of the word and like towns of old, people look out for each other and there is a strong sense of community pride.
Bingara is a pretty place with a friendly and healthy environment which oozes peace and tranquillity, but a sleepy town it is not. Like the river, there is an undercurrent that reverberates through the town, creating a vibrant, energetic and productive community. Things get done in Bingara, ideas and dreams come to fruition.
The faithful restoration of Bingara's Roxy Theatre pays testimony to this, as in May 2004 the theatre was reopened to the public, having been restored to its original splendor after laying dormant for forty years. Today The Roxy functions as both a multi purpose cinema and regional centre for the performing arts, with The North West Theatre Company taking residence there. The quality and standard of the performances and events, make any visit worthwhile. The adjoining Peters & Co. greek cafe was restored in 2010.
Bingara is a vibrant town which offers a host of activities including horse riding, bushwalking and of course fossicking. As well as panning for gold around Bingara, the area is also rich in a variety of gemstones. Visitors can take a drive about 9km off The Fossickers Way and 1km outside Upper Bingara to the Three Creeks Tourist Goldmine which is a working alluvial gold fossicking area that is open to the public.
A unique feature of Bingara which has attracted worldwide attention, are the orange trees lining Finch Street. Planted as a living memorial to Bingara’s fallen in World War II, the trees and the annual harvesting of the fruit by the school children (The Orange Police) have become a symbol of community pride. A special ceremony outside the RSL Club marks the start of the harvest which is conducted on a designated day near the end of June each year. Around this time of year a special Orange Festival featuring street markets, street parades, pageants, plus sporting and cultural activities, is held in its honour.
Fishing proves to be a big drawcard for Bingara as it offers some of the best inland fishing available. The Gwydir River hosts a major fishing competition called Easterfish, each Easter which attracts fisherman from far and wide. The mighty Copeton Dam, which is holds almost three times the capacity of Sydney Harbour, is just a short trip from Bingara and is invaded annually with keen fisherman and water sport enthusiasts.
It is no wonder that Bingara is referred to as the Gem on the Gwydir, because it is precious on so many levels.
For further information on Bingara:
visit www.bingara.com.au or contact our Visitor Infomation Centre.