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Marilyn Monroe Statue in the Roxy Theatre - Bingara

Marilyn Monroe Statue in the Roxy Theatre

THE ROXY COMPLEX

It was like stepping back in time when looking at the Roxy Theatre.

Situated in the main street of Bingara is the Roxy Theatre, built in 1936 by three Greek partners from the island of Kythera in Greece. It operated as a cinema until 1958, then the doors closed and the Theatre lay untouched for the next 40 years

The Roxy Theatre is a striking art deco cinema with a ticket box situated in the middle of the Entrance doors at street entry. Adjoining the Theatre is a Café. it was something I didn't expect to find in a small town like Bingara.
In May 2004, the theatre was restored to its original splendor and was re-opened to the public as a cinema, performing arts venue and multi-purpose function centre. I have read the interior still contains the original fixtures and fittings, including the ornate stucco plaster, paintwork and coloured lights from 1936, this can be seen if you take a tour.

Unlike the theatre, the cafe continued to operate, however it bared no resemblance to its Greek Café heritage. In 2011, the Roxy Cafe was restored to its original splendour.
Since 2014, there is a "Roxy Greek Museum."

ROXY TOURS
Available 10.30 am & 2.30 pm. Other tour times by Special Arrangement.
?Saturday and Sunday (volunteers) approximately 10.30 am

Cost:
?Roxy Greek Museum ONLY Tour - Adults $5
?Roxy Theatre Tour ONLY - Adults $5
?Roxy Greek Museum + Roxy Theatre Tour - Adults $10
?Roxy Greek Museum + Roxy Theatre Tour + historic Roxy History Film - $15 minimum of 15 people.

Live Performance Bookings and Ticket sales
Bingara Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 02 6724 0066 Mob: 0400 826 551

Address: Main street, Bingara

Directions: Located in n Maitland Street, Bingara, near the corner of Cunningham Street

Website: http://www.countryartescapes.com

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Soldier's Memorial hall @ Bingara - Bingara

Soldier's Memorial hall @ Bingara

ART DECO BUILDINGS

As I walked the main street of Bingara, I came across the historic Art Deco Roxy Theatre which had been restored and looked wonderful!
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 were looking at their very best.
The Soldiers Memorial Hall looked resplendant after a paint job [see photo]

Address: Main street, Bingara

Website: http://www.bingara.com.au/index.cfm?page_id=1112&page_name=Home

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Courthouse - Bingara

Courthouse

HERITAGE BUILDINGS IN BINGARA

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 (1899), St Andrews Presbyterian Church (1904) on Cunningham St, St Mary's Catholic Church (1907)........so you can see, there are more than just Art Deco buildings in this town.

Directions: Bingara Township

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The Bingara Museum - Bingara

The Bingara Museum

BINGARA MUSEUM

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 World War I). The Post Office Hotel was one of the first 10 buildings in Bingara and comprised 32 rooms, plus stables.

In the museum grounds is the relocated Boonda school and blacksmith shop, where the infamous bushranger ?Thunderbolt? regularly had his horse shod. A variety of horse-drawn equipment and other farming implements can be seen in the grounds and a Gem and Rock Collection.

There are over 2,000 items, 2,000 photos, 2,000 gems and minerals

The Bingara Museum is the home of the Bingara District Historical Society, members of the Historical Society are all volunteers who are there at opening times

Facilities include guided tours, shop and toilets, family history research.

ADMISSION CHARGES
Adult: $5
Families: $10
Pensioner/Seniors Card/Bus Loads: $4

OPENING HOURS
Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00am ? 1.00pm
Saturday morning 9.00am ? 12.00pm

Other times by appointment.

Address: 16 Maitland Street, Bingara

Phone: (02) 6724 1726

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Lovely lace work on the Bingara Imperial Hotel - Bingara

Lovely lace work on the Bingara Imperial Hotel

BINGARA HOTEL

The Imperial Hotel was built in 1879 and is one of only two hotels that are still in business in Bingara out of five.
The Hotel is a two story building, brick and galvanised ironand has beautiful lace verandahs. It has been renovated, but still the design remains the same.
You will find one of the murals on the exterior wall of this Hotel.

Address: Maitland street, Bingara

Phone: 02 67241629

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Views - Bingara

Views

TOURIST ROUTE 3 - BINGARA to NARRABRI

This is a lovely scenic route to drive. Bingara is located in the centre of it.

The route is fully surfaced from one end to the other.

The drive takes you past good farming land, where we saw flocks of Sheep, herds of Cattle, and even Pig farming. There were Parrots Galah, infact we passed by and startled a huge flock of the pretty pink & grey Galahs, not pretty to the Farmer as they are a pest, they eat his grain.

There is a Glacial area where you can stop at, it is signposted with a Brown tourist sign.
The views are excellent of were lava flows in the Mt. Kaputar National park. We wound our way around and up and over the Mountain Range.

Stop at Sawn Rocks,its a must see, then continue on the open plains where acres of Cotton were growing before finally reaching Narrabri.

Address: Bingara to Narrabri - Route 3 scenic drive

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Start of the tourist drive - Bingara

Start of the tourist drive

TOURIST ROUTE 3 - BINGARA TO INVERELL

Departing from Bingara on Tourist route 3, we followed the pretty Gwydir River for some of the way. I noticed people camping beside the river, what a lovely location it was!
FREE CAMP - Camps Australia (368) Bingara Riverside camping, wifi & mobile signals, dogs allowed - max stay is 1 week
FREE CAMP - Camps Australia (369) Gwydir river camps via Keera road,Mobile & wifi signal, dogs allowed

We passed by the historic Keera property with the double story homestead situated on the L/hand side of the road. On this road, cattle roam on the roads, we know, we met some! The road climbed a steep hill, once over the top there was more great scenery including a drive over the Copeton Dam Wall. As we made our way to Inverell we passed by acreage farms and Olive groves.

ANOTHER TOURIST DRIVE WELL WORTH DOING

The distance from Bingara to Inverell is 90kms

Address: Bingara to Inverell on Tourist route 3

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Bingara Mural - Bingara

Bingara Mural

MURALS AT BINGARA

Located along the main street, and just around some corners are a series of murals painted on the sides of significant heritage buildings depicting various cultural aspects of the area?s historical past.

All were painted by renowned Tasmanian artists. 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.

There is ......
European discovery of the Bingara district.
The Chinese miner's contribution to Bingara's history
H. Fay & sons' store circa 1936
Early H. Fay Delivery Truck
Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Charge of the Light Horse Brigade at Bersheeba, WWI.
50th anniversary of the end of WWII
Imperial Hotel
Dedicated to the Roxy opening.

Address: Around Bingara

Directions: Along the main street of Bingara

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