Bingara Things to Do Tips by balhannah
Bingara Things to Do: 13 reviews and 32 photos
Marilyn Monroe Statue in the Roxy Theatre
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."
Available 10.30 am & 2.30 pm. Other tour times by Special Arrangement.
•Saturday and Sunday (volunteers) approximately 10.30 am
•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
Soldier's Memorial hall @ Bingara
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
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
The 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.
Pensioner/Seniors Card/Bus Loads: $4
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
Lovely lace work on the Bingara Imperial 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
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
Start of the tourist drive
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
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
Dedicated to the Roxy opening.
Address: Around Bingara
Directions: Along the main street of Bingara
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