Nice location, good base for day trips, good place to sample rural Australia
A bit out of the way.
Nice quiet town in a pretty setting.
Departing from Bingara on Tourist route 3, we followed the pretty Gwydir River for some of the way. I noticed there were sections where free camping was allowed, I stored that info away for another day. We passed by the historic Keera property with the double story homestead situated on the L/hand side of the road. Beware, Cattle roam on the roads,...more
This is a lovely scenic route to drive. Bingara is located in the centre of it.The route is mainly bitumen surfaced, should be fully bitumen in a months time, as 2010. The drive takes you past good farming land, where we saw flocks of Sheep, herds of Cattle, and even Pig farming. Parrots, and we passed and startled a huge flock of the pretty pink &...more
The Imperial Hotel is another oldie, being built in 1879. It is only one of two hotels that are still in business in Bingara, out of five. The Hotel is a two story building, brick and galvanised iron, with beautiful lace verandahs. It has been renovated, but still the design remains the same. There were chairs outside, located next to a muralmore
I walked the main street of Bingara to the end where the Bingara Museum was located. The museum was originally the Post Office Hotel. It's what they call a slab construction, constructed from pit sawn and hand made local cypress timber, and has a puddled iron roof. Built in 1860, it was occupied continuously until 1970, (as a private home since...more
Some other heritage buildings in town worth looking at are....The brick courthouse, which has a decorative finish, and the lock-up keeper's residence, built in 1879.The Police station & residence was built in 1882, the Royal Mail Booking Office (1882) - next to the ambulance station in Maitland St - the Anglican Church (1889), the primary school...more
I walked the main street of Bingara, and of course, the pride of place was the historic Art Deco Roxy Theatre. It looks like new now! Not only the Roxy, but there are so many other Art Deco buildings in this street, a walk is a great way to have a look at them all.It looked like the main town area had been "painted & polished" as all the buildings...more
It was like stepping back in time when looking at the Roxy Theatre. Situated in the main street of Bingara, the Theatre was built in 1936 by three Greek gentlemen, and operated as a cinema until 1958. For forty years, it was not used, then the Roxy was restored to its original splendor and re-opened to the public in 2004.The theatre still has the...more
Located along the main street, and just around some corners, are some very well painted Murals, depicting the history of the Town.The Information centre does not have a map of where they are located, that doesn't matter, as Bingara is a small town, and it is quite easy to find them all.more
I know, it's just another excuse to show you a picture of the Gwydir River. Still, I thought you might like it.I went fishing here soon after I took this snap. Lost a good lure on a snag, caught nothing. You know, the usual scenario!This is on the edge of town on the Copeton Dam road.more
This is one of my all time favourite river scenes. About every second trip I do in the area I make time to pull up and just soak up the atmosphere. It's akin to meditating I guess. Whatever, it certainly works for me.You'll always hear the squawking of parrots as they squabble over territory or a mate and you're bound to see some wrens if you sit...more
The reason for Bingara being where it is is due to primary industry, plus the fact it would have been a coach stop away from the next nearest habitation.Thus it is that a rustic atmosphere pervades and it is just that atmosphere that attracts tourists today.Scenes like this of disused farm equipment aren't too hard to find, you just have to keep...more
One of the day trips you'd certainly want to do is visit the "Sawn Rocks" A now somewhat famous attraction that you will probably have to yourself if you visit it.This is the same natural structure that features in the Giants Causeway in Ireland. The columnar remnants of volcanic trachyte leave a spectacularly symmetrical display of nature and...more
Favorite thing: Just outside of Bingara, on Tourist Route 3, take a look at a person's home made sculptures/ ornaments they they have in their paddock infront of their home.......Quite different.