From cruises and camping to fossicking—everything takes place by the riverside in Bingara.
Amid the forested valleys of the New England Tablelands, Bingara is famous for gold and diamond mining. Discover the gold rush heritage as you explore Fossickers Way, visit an old gold mine, and try gold panning along the creek. Because the town is surrounded by mountains and bushlands, you can also take a boat cruise or kayaking excursion along the Gwydir River, go bushwalking or horse riding, or enjoy a picnic by the waterside. There’s a choice of free camping grounds and caravan parks along the river.
Along the Gwydir River The Gwydir River flows east of Bingara to Copeton Lake. Paddle along the river in a canoe, enjoy fishing and bird-watching along the waterfront or go white water rafting during the summer months. Campers can pitch or park by the lakeside and enjoy water sports such as powerboating, water-skiing, and wakeboarding. Horton Valley South of Bingara, the Horton Valley has riverside walks and picnic spots, as well as great fishing. Visit the town of Upper Horton to soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Aussie country town and, if you can, time your visit for the annual New Year’s Eve Rodeo, one of the region’s most famous events. Mount Kaputar An hour’s drive west of Bingara, the craggy peaks and ancient lava terraces of the Mount Kaputar National Park provide a dramatic backdrop for outdoor activities. Hike to natural wonders such as Sawn Rocks and Lindsay Rock Tops, explore rugged mountain trails by bike or horseback, and stay at quiet bush campgrounds. Along the way, stop at the Rocky Creek Glacial Area, where you can cool off with a dip in the rock pools.
Bingara rarely gets overcrowded, and mild year-round weather means that outdoor activities are always on the menu. Wrap up warm if you’re heading into the mountains, as temperatures can be up to 10°C cooler than the valleys, even in summer. Springtime is particularly scenic, when wildflowers bloom along the riverfront, while winter visitors should come for the Orange Festival in July.
- Bingara has bus links to the surrounding towns, but you’ll need your own vehicle to explore the tablelands. - Bingara has a small selection of shops where you can pick up camping gear and stock up on supplies. - A permit is required to camp within NSW’s national parks, and campsites must be booked in advance.