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Bingara & Warialda

Cranky Rock Warialda

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Cr John Coulton

The Gwydir Shire is a region that is as diverse as it is dynamic. The fertile green river flats backed by forested hills and rugged volcanic ridges in the south, contrast with the patchwork of crops and endless horizons in the north. These unique and impressive landforms are home to abundant native animal and birdlife, including frequent sightings of rare bird species, Emus and Koalas.

Council’s slogan ‘Living the Gwydir Good Life’ reflects the strong love and passion our residents have for our region and our locals use the catch cry proudly and often. It might be when they are enjoying an ice-cold beer at sunset or floating down a river on a kayak on an idyllic summer day.

It is the wide-open spaces, the endless skies and the carefree and relaxed lifestyle that has our residents convinced that we live in a little slice of paradise, and visitors coming back time and time again.

With just over 5300 residents, what we lack in size we make up for in community pride and spirit. Our communities are strong, resilient, and vibrant, coming together to fundraise and to work on projects, or to celebrate through events and festivals.

Some of the best events in the region can be found in the Gwydir Shire, the Warialda Off Road, the Bingara Orange Festival, and Upper Horton Rodeo attract thousands of visitors each year and the Warialda Agricultural show is known as one of the finest small shows in the state.

The Gwydir Shire has some of the richest farmland in Australia. In the south of the Shire, you will find extensive cattle operations and in the north broadacre agriculture with a full gambit of crops grown. We also boast some of the most modern farming systems in the world. Farmers in Gwydir have benefited from modern technology with GPS guided equipment and telemetry functions to switch on and off irrigation.

Our towns are steeped in history and natural wonders and are nestled amid hills, majestic trees and bushland. Cranky Rock in Warialda and The Rocky Creek Glacial Area near Bingara and Upper Horton are two breath taking examples of the geological wonders that can be found within the Shire.

Sporting facilities are excellent, and residents and visitors have ready access to swimming, horse riding, fossicking and to national parks and state forests. When it comes to freshwater fishing and a memorable camping experience it’s hard to go past Reflections Holiday Park at Copeton Dam, or any of the free campsites on the picturesque Gwydir River in Bingara. These areas have on several occasions been voted as the best in inland Australia. The endless stream of caravans and strings of campsites dotted along our rivers and free camping areas, is testament to the popularity of our Shire.

We are friendly and welcoming. Locals love to stop to chat with visitors, and it does not take long for new residents and visitors to feel part of the community. Wherever you choose to visit in the Gwydir you can be guaranteed that you will be welcomed with open arms.

If wide open spaces, friendly county hospitality and fresh country airs is calling, I invite you to answer the call and discover the Gwydir Shire region yourself.

Cr John Coulton
Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council

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