A town with energy and vibrancy.
Bingara is a pretty place with a friendly and healthy environment that oozes peace and tranquility, but a sleepy town it is not.
Like the river upon whose banks it is built, there is an undercurrent that reverberates through Bingara, creating a vibrant, energetic and productive community. Things get done in Bingara; ideas and dreams come to fruition.
Take, for example, the many stunning art deco buildings on the town’s main street. The most significant of these is the Roxy Theatre Complex, a striking feat of deco architecture that was faithfully restored to its former splendour and reopened in 2004 as a cinema, performing arts venue and function centre.
Meander down the main street of Bingara and you’ll be dazzled by the countless examples of art deco shop fronts with charming, ornate pressed tin awnings and interesting glass facades. Anyone with an interest in architecture will adore this town.
The discovery of gold in 1852 bought a flurry of prospectors to the region and the tradition continues today, albeit to a much smaller degree than in those gold rush days.
To see a working alluvial gold fossicking area and working commercial mine, tourists can visit Three Creeks Gold Mine. A stamper battery stands on the site of the former All Nations’ Gold Mine on the southern outskirts of Bingara, and is an interesting piece of historical memorabilia worth checking out.
WHERE TO FOSSICK
- Three Creeks Gold Mine, gold
From town head 15km south towards Tamworth then turn left at the sign for Upper Bingara. Travel approximately another 6kms to the site, which is signed posted.
- Ruby Hill, garnet
Travel 19km south of town towards Tamworth, then turn right at the Ruby Hill fossicking sign. The site is the tree-covered hillside.
DID YOU KNOW?
School children in Bingara are known as the ‘Orange Police’. The orange trees that line the town’s main street were planted to commemorate Bingara’s fallen in WWII. The trees are maintained and harvested annually by the school children, and the town also hosts an Orange Festival.