Bingara is the gem on the Gwydir River, nestled amongst national parks.
The population of Bingara is 1,335 of which 52.7% are females and 47.3% are males. The Indigenous population of Barraba is 51 (3.8%) and the median age is 56.
Bingara is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.
Bingara is a small town on the Gwydir River in Murchison County in the New England region of New South Wales and is located 1 hour 45 minutes north of Tamworth and just under an hour west of Inverell.
Bingara is a place that shines with opportunity, a safe place with a friendly and healthy environment and is at the heart of the Fossickers Way.
The closest airport to Bingara is Moree Airport, which is about 1 hour 15 minutes from Bingara. Moree Regional Airport offers two daily return flights to Sydney with Qantaslink.
Tamworth Airport is a 1 hour 45 minutes south of Bingara and offers daily return flights to Sydney by Qantaslink. Jetgo provides 8 weekly return flights to Brisbane and Virgin Australia also provides daily return flights to Sydney, except for Saturdays.
There is one daily NSW TrainLink return service to and from Sydney which departs from Moree Railway Station
The major sources of employment in Bingara are:
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Public Administration and Safety
- Retail Trade
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Accommodation and Food Services
Bingara Hospital is a recently-built Multi-Purpose Facility (MPF) which has 21 beds, consisting of seven acute care beds and 14 nursing home beds. The hospital is serviced by doctors from the town’s practice and two visiting medical officers. The Gwydir Health Alliance has put together this video Doctors to the Gwydir about working in the area.
Services offered by the hospital include admissions, aged care, medical, mental health, post-surgery, allied health, podiatry, anti-natal classes, community nursing, day care, childhood health service, pre-school screenings, dietitian, speech therapist, physiotherapy, daily pathology to Inverell, slow stream rehabilitation, emergency, palliative care, outpatients, social worker and community health.
Tamworth Base Hospital is the nearest regional referral hospital and is a 275 bed with a 24 hour level 5 emergency department and an 8 bed intensive care unit.
Bingara is serviced by the NSW Ambulance Service located within Bingara Hospital
Bingara has one school (K-12)
Bingara offers a pre-school service.
As a regional small town Bingara features an IGA supermarket, True Value hardware, gifts and clothing store as well as cafes and coffee shops.
The closest larger shipping centre is Inverell, which is just under an hour from Bingara. Apart from being a service centre to the outlying rural sector, Inverell provides residents with all major services as well as many national retail chains including Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets, Big W, Best and Less, Target Country, Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman.
Places of worship in Bingara include Anglican, Bingara Corps, Catholic and Uniting Churches.
A range of other options are available in the nearby towns of Warialda and Inverell.
Bingara offers plenty of things to see and do, including horse riding, bushwalking and fossicking for gold and crystals.
Bingara is known as the inland fishing capital of Australia and you can camp right next to the beautiful river. Just 45 minutes east of the town is Copeton Dam, a massive body of water that, when it’s full, is three times the size of Sydney.
There are camp and caravan sites, a kiosk and general store, an amenities block, cabins, fuel sales, boat hire, a six-hole golf course, tennis courts, sailing, windsurfing, power boating, water skiing, fishing (for cod, yellowbelly, silver perch, catfish and redfin), walking tracks, two adventure playgrounds, waterslides and plenty of wildlife.