Once Australia’s largest diamond producer, the small New England town of Bingara, is still popular for gold, gem and crystal fossicking.
Bingara is located 557 km (7 hr 45 min drive) north of Sydney, 150 km (2 hr drive) north of the regional centre of Tamworth and 75 km (70 min drive) west of the larger town of Inverell.
Highly regarded beef cattle studs surround Bingara, it is also home to other livestock breeders including sheep, horses and alpacas. Surrounding areas also produce crops of wheat, barley, sorghum, lucerne and oats.
The closest airport to Bingara is Moree Airport, which is a 70 min drive from Bingara. Daily flights to Sydney are available with Qantas and flights to Brisbane area available with FlyCorporate. Tamworth Regional Airport is 1 hr 45 min drive south of Bingara. Qantas and Virgin provide regular flights to Sydney and Jetgo provides direct flights to Brisbane.
There is one daily NSW TrainLink return service to and from Sydney which departs from Moree Railway Station
The population of Bingara is more than 1400 people, their median age is 57 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.
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 Multi-Purpose Facility is a 21-bed public hospital. There are seven acute care beds and 14 aged care beds. The hospital is serviced by doctors from the town’s practice and two visiting medical officers. Services offered by the hospital include an emergency department, aged care, medical and palliative services and community nursing. Visiting services include mental health, podiatry, dietitian, speech therapist and women’s health. The Gwydir Health Alliance has put together this video Doctors to the Gwydir about working in the area.
The closest major hospital is Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, a 2 hr drive from Bingara.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Bingara.