Bingara & Warialda's Out of Town Adventures
Last updated May 1, 2023
After a big working week, why not throw on a backpack for a memorable out of town adventure and take advantage of our natural beauty and wide-open spaces - wander down historic main streets, devour delicious local treats, bushwalk, float without a care down meandering streams, camp under a breathtaking stary sky or just kick back on a sandy riverbank.
Below are just a few ways to discover the beauty and diversity of our region!
Local villages discovery tour
Jump in the car, pump up the radio and hit the roads around Bingara and Warialda to discover our local villages, all unique and fabulous in their own special ways… here are a few to get you started.
- Coolatai – the Wallaroo Hotel has great pub grub, regular events and a fantastic atmosphere.
- Croppa Creek – the Bowling Club hosts regular events and the Croppa Creek Store is the local pick for best burgers in the shire.
- Upper Horton – home of the popular annual Campdraft and Rodeo, attracting Australia’s bravest cowboys and cowgirls. The close by Horton River is the ideal spot for a refreshing dip.
- North Star – glorious landscape of endless horizons and spectacular sunsets. Visit the gorgeous Vicarage Café and the community owned North Star Sporting Club, which hosts fantastic regular social and sporting events and serves mouth-watering pizzas.
New England High Country road trip
There are endless daytrip or weekend itineraries that take you through the towns and villages of this spectacular area… marvel at the diversity of landscapes and experience the warm country hospitality and breathtaking natural beauty for yourself!
- Glen Innes - known as Celtic Country, the picture-postcard town is very proud of its Scottish first settlers and celebrates this heritage with unique local landmarks and fantastic annual events. The nearby World Heritage Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks are perfect for every kind of outdoor adventure.
- Tenterfield - historic town surrounded by rugged mountains and sublime national park wilderness, known as the ‘birthplace of Australia’ - this is the town where Sir Henry Parkes made his famous 1889 speech calling for Australia's federation.
- Armidale - Australia’s highest city and known for streets ablaze with gold and flaming red foliage in the autumn months. Home to the University of New England, Armidale blends impressive heritage architecture with a cosmopolitan character, a vibrant arts scene and a culturally diverse population. The surrounding wilderness along the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range includes 20 national parks - towering gorges, thundering waterfalls, monolithic outcrops and dense, ancient Gondwana Rainforests just waiting to be discovered.
- Walcha - charming historic town set amongst strikingly beautiful countryside. Open Air Gallery, featuring a permanent display of over 50 sculptures by renowned local, national and international artists.
- Uralla - picturesque, colonial gold rush town with retail gems, artisanal food, boutique wineries, a great pub and craft brewery. www.uralla.com
Regional Art Trail – New England North West
Explore over 70 of the region’s wonderful cultural experiences - visit artist studios, galleries, museums and public art sites, discover a rich and diverse artistic landscape right on our doorstep. Follow one of the suggested Country Art Escapes tours or create your own art trail. Plan a day trip or create a longer tour of the region and take the opportunity to sprinkle your cultural tour with fabulous food, wine and accommodation and eclectic local festivals.
Barraba – 40min drive from Bingara
In the heart of the Nandewar Ranges, the town is surrounded by natural attractions, from towering mountains and ancient rock formations to rare flora and fauna species. The beautiful historic Playhouse Hotel has a busy calendar of visiting and local theatre performances and special events, plus an excellent restaurant celebrating local produce. Check out the extraordinary silo art and the nearby Split Rock Dam is a haven for watersports and fishing enthusiasts.
Bike Territory – 40min drive from Bingara
Offers an impressive range of off-road biking activities for ATV and trail bike riders, featuring marked trails suitable for all abilities with a backdrop of spectacular scenery. Camping and cabins available.
4188 Killarney Gap Rd, Rocky Creek
Copeton Dam – 45min drive from Bingara
At three times the capacity of Sydney Harbour and with the longest recreational boat ramp in the Southern Hemisphere, Copeton Dam is a wonder to behold! A recently completed $5.7mil upgrade to the Northern Foreshores have made it the perfect spot for day trips or longer stays. The dam is ideal for powerboating, waterskiing and wakeboarding, kayaking, swimming and is paradise for fishing enthusiasts, especially those chasing the metre plus Murray Cod. Drive across the dam wall for sweeping views over the lake and mountains. Boat hire, kiosk, BBQs, toilets and shower facilities, camping and cabins available.
Inverell – 50min drive from Bingara
In a scenic valley at the foot of the Great Dividing Range and on the banks of the beautiful Macintyre River, Inverell is a historic and picturesque town renowned for its vibrant, supportive community and the spectacular Inverell sapphire. Known in the region as a fabulous daytrip destination for retail therapy, Inverell is a thriving tourist, commercial, service and agricultural centre.
The surrounding area features swathes of national park wilderness, tranquil, wandering waterways, outstanding recreational areas and highly productive cropping, grazing, mixed farming and mining land. The rich, volcanic soil has provided the perfect environment for gems and minerals and is the area is popular with fossickers who regularly unearth not only sapphires, but topaz, diamonds, emeralds, quartz, garnets, citrine, rhodonite and tourmaline.
Pally Pub – 50min drive from Bingara
This fantastic, newly renovated venue has quickly become a must-do for locals and visitors alike. Pop out for a delicious lunch or dinner at the Golden Grain Bistro, with regular weekend live music and events.
59 Bingara St, Pallamallawa
Manilla – 1hr 10min drive from Bingara
Manilla’s town centre features beautiful period facades with distinctive leadlight windows, pressed metal ceilings and ornate balconies. The town has earned a worldwide reputation as paragliding paradise and you can learn to fly like a bird at the popular Manilla Paragliding School! The only school in Australia that owns its own mountain and air sports facility building.
Green Valley Farm – 1hr 10min drive from Bingara
Moree – 1hr 10min drive from Bingara
Located on the banks of the Mehi River in the centre of the rich black-soil plains, the town is rich in culture, heritage, agriculture and natural assets. Moree is home to the unmissable Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, which draws bathers from all over Australia and the world to experience the reputed healing properties of the mineral rich artesian waters, pumped from the depths and naturally heated to 41°C.
Narrabri – 1hr 15min drive from Bingara
Nestled at the base of the Nandewar Ranges, the Narrabri region has stunning national parks, expansive agricultural landscapes and big sky vistas. Highlights of this welcoming town include:
The Crossing Theatre – home to the Narrabri Civic Art Collection, two cinemas, café and regular live performances. 17 Tibbereena St, Narrabri
CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array - the largest telescope of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Paul Wild Observatory, 1828 Yarrie Lake Road, Narrabri
Yarrie Lake - thought to be formed by a falling meteor, a peaceful place for a dip and to escape a hot day. Yarrie Lake Road, Narrabri
Tamworth – 1hr 45min drive from Bingara
Tamworth is well known for its annual country music festival in January, however this vibrant, thriving city is so much more than golden guitars, sad songs and rhinestones! Tamworth is the regional capital for sporting, retail, food and entertainment making it the perfect day trip or weekend escape.
Gunnedah – 1hr 50min drive from Bingara
Gunnedah is a vibrant country town that combines its picturesque position on the banks of the Namoi River with local attractions and retail therapy. A 30min drive from Gunnedah is Lake Keepit - the lake is two-thirds the size of Sydney Harbour and is a popular destination for water sports and fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, campers and picnickers.
For a thrilling yet wonderfully peaceful experience and a glorious view, hop into a sailplane with Lake Keepit Soaring Club.