Brewarrina is a rural and remote community located in the outback region of New South Wales on the banks of the Barwon/Darling River.
The population of Brewarrina is 1,254 and is comprised of approximately 49.4% females and 50.6% males. Brewarrina has a population of 763 (60.8%) indigenous people. The median age of the people in Brewarrina is 33.
Brewarrina is located in the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSWPHN).
This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the WNSWPHN
Brewarrina (locally known as “Bre”) is a town in North West NSW on the banks of the Barwon River. It is approximately 785 km, north-west from NSW’s capital city of Sydney. It is 96 km east of Bourke and west of Walgett.
The closest regional airport is Cobar which is 2 hrs 45 minutes from Brewarrina. Regional Express (REX) offers return flights to Dubbo from Cobar on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The next closest regional airport is Dubbo (4 hrs 15 mins) from which there are daily connections to Sydney and return.
A TrainLink coach (4 per week) links up with the XPT train at Dubbo to travel to Brewarrina.
The main industries people from Brewarrina work in are:
- Public administration and safety
- Health care and social assistance
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Education and training
- Retail trade
- Accommodation and food services
Brewarrina Health Service is a small regional public hospital with 12 aged care, 4 ED, 6 dialysis, 8 acute beds. Services provide are 24/7 medical cover, nurse practitioner and visiting specialists including ENT, ophthalmology, child health, and renal. It has an emergency department.
Brewarrina is supported by an ambulance service.
There are two general practices, including an AMS in Brewarrina.
No accommodation available.
For young families there is family day care, long day care, and preschool.
The main shopping precinct in Brewarrina is the main street. It has a pharmacy, hardware store, Commonwealth Bank and an IGA supermarket.
In Brewarrina there are places of worship for Catholic and Anglican.
The adjacent Barwon river provides opportunities for fishing and other water sports, like skiing on the river. There is plenty of local sport to watch or play, including having a swing on the best ‘oiled’ green golf course in the Far West.
Brewarrina is host to one of the most famous Rodeos in the far west of New South Wales, the “Barwon River Rodeo”, which is usually held on the New South Wales Easter long weekend. Brewarrina is also well known for its annual “Festival of the Fisheries”, which celebrates Brewarrina’s Aboriginal and European History. The event has sometimes not been held in recent years. Other annual events include the local agricultural show, and the Brewarrina Races.
Especially noteworthy is the Brewarrina “Surfboat Classic”, the only one of its type, in which canoes are raced up the Barwon River. This event usually attracts hundreds of spectators from neighbouring communities and even from the east of the state.