Bingara Things to Do Tips by balhannah
Bingara Things to Do: 13 reviews and 32 photos
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 there were sections where free camping was allowed, I stored that info away for another day.
We passed by the historic Keera property with the double story homestead situated on the L/hand side of the road.
Beware, Cattle roam on the roads, we met some! The road climbed a steep hill, over the top and more great scenery including a drive over the Copeton Dam Wall. It was onto Inverall, passing 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
This is a lovely scenic route to drive. Bingara is located in the centre of it.
The route is mainly bitumen surfaced, should be fully bitumen in a months time, as 2010.
The drive takes you past good farming land, where we saw flocks of Sheep, herds of Cattle, and even Pig farming.
Parrots, and we passed 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 what 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.
The website below, tells you about the geological aspect of these Mountains.
Address: Bingara to Narrabri - Route 3 scenic drive
Lovely lace work on the Bingara Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel is another oldie, being built in 1879. It is only one of two hotels that are still in business in Bingara, out of five.
The Hotel is a two story building, brick and galvanised iron, with beautiful lace verandahs. It has been renovated, but still the design remains the same.
There were chairs outside, located next to a mural
Address: Maitland street, Bingara
Phone: 02 67241629
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).
It was closed, so I could not gain entry, so will have to return again.
I did read that it is still furnished as a private home. Other buildings in the grounds include a 'One teacher school house," historical machinery shed, a building for the Gem and Rock Collection and a blacksmith shop.
The Blacksmith shop is the original, which the infamous bushranger 'Thunderbolt' regularly has his horse shod. .
There are over 2,000 items, 2,000 photos, 2,000 gems and minerals
ADMISSION in 2010........Adults $2, children 50c
Address: 16 Maitland Street, Bingara
Phone: (02) 6724 1726
Some other 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
Soldier's Memorial hall @ Bingara
I walked the main street of Bingara, and of course, the pride of place was the historic Art Deco Roxy Theatre. It looks like new now!
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
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, the Theatre was built in 1936 by three Greek gentlemen, and operated as a cinema until 1958.
For forty years, it was not used, then the Roxy was restored to its original splendor and re-opened to the public in 2004.
The theatre still has the original art deco architecture and it still contains the original fixtures and fittings, including the ornate stucco plaster, paintwork and coloured lights from 1936.
I could not go inside, as it was full of workmen, perhaps more restoration taking place.
I thought it was interesting finding a 480-seat Art Deco -style Theatre here. Evidently, this Theatre was never a success like they had hoped.
The exterior is a basic rectangular Art Deco style, and it has the ticket box situated in the middle of the Entrance doors at street entry.
I would have liked to seen the inside, may be, on another return visit, it will be open.
This website tells you the story about it.......
Directions: Located in n Maitland Street, Bingara, near the corner of Cunningham Street
Located along the main street, and just around some corners, are some very well painted Murals, depicting the history of the Town.
The Information centre 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.
Directions: Along the main street of Bingara
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