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Bingara

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

Once Australia’s largest diamond producer, the small New England town of Bingara, is still popular for gold, gem and crystal fossicking.

RA3 / MM5

Location

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.

How to get there

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

Population

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.

 

Healthcare facilities

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.

Accredited GP practices

  • Bingara Medical Practice

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Bingara are: local government administration, beef cattle farming, aged care residential services, hospitals, and primary and secondary education.
  • Education

There is one public school in Bingara, Bingara Central School, that caters for kindergarten through to year 12. There is also a Bingara campus of Community College Northern Inland.
  • Childcare

There is one pre-school service located in Bingara.
  • Shopping

In Bingara there is an IGA supermarket, hardware store, gift and clothing store, cafes and coffee shops. The closest larger shipping centre is Inverell, which is about 70 min from Bingara. Many national retail chains including Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets, Big W, Best and Less, Target Country, Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman are located in Inverell.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship in Bingara include Anglican, The Salvation Army, Catholic and Uniting Churches. A range of other options are available in the nearby towns of Warialda and Inverell.
  • Points of interest

There are numerous heritage items and museums in Bingara. Nearby is the Myall Creek Memorial, commemorating an infamous massacre, it is an important site for reconciliation and listed on the National Heritage List. Copeton Dam State Recreation Park is 45 min drive from Bingara, the park includes an adventure playground and is great for fishing, bushwalking, camping and water sports. Rocky Creek Glacial Area is popular for picnics and swimming. For events held in Bingara, see the annual events calendar.
  • Sporting activities

Bingara has a wide range of sporting clubs and teams including fishing, golf, rugby league, swimming and soccer. A good starting point for contact details is the Gwydir Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

There are a range of community organisations in Bingara including Country Women’s Association, Lions, Vision 20/20, Men’s Shed and SES. A listing and contact details can be found in the Gwydir Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Bingara. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Bingara NSW, Gwydir Shire Council and Bingara buy swap & sell.