Weeknights and Weekends in Bingara & Warialda
Last updated May 1, 2023
Every night across the district, in our welcoming pubs, bowling and RSL clubs and taverns, you can enjoy raffles, trivia, live music, DJs and regular social events – the perfect chance to meet some of our very friendly locals!
There’s always something fabulous happening, either in town or in one of our delightful surrounding villages, popular annual events include the Bingara Orange Festival, the Warialda Honey Festival, Warialda Off Road, Gwydir Graze and the Upper Horton Campdraft and Rodeo.
Check out the below websites and pop some dates in your diary:
Things to do in Bingara, Warialda and surrounds
Heritage & Culture
Bingara District Historical Society Heritage Walk
There are many beautiful historic buildings in town that have been preserved and thoughtfully restored - pick up a brochure for the fascinating self-guided heritage walk from the Bingara Visitor Information Centre (24 Maitland St, Bingara).
Warialda Historical Walking Town Tour
Take a wander around the historic streets of the oldest established government town in the region, with buildings dating back to the 1880’s. Pick up a map with fascinating details of the 13 sites the walk encompasses from the Warialda Visitor information Centre (2/4 Geddes St, Warialda).
Planted in the 1960’s to commemorate Bingara’s fallen in both world wars, the orange trees lining Finch Street are a symbol of community pride and are the focus of the popular annual Orange Festival. Traditionally, the oranges remain untouched until a nominated day mid-year when the town’s school children rush to harvest them, signifying the start of the festival.
David Moor Street Art Trail - Warialda
Local artist, David Moor has a cheeky take on life in the bush as well as a distinctive style, bringing to life colourful and local characters on external walls of shops in Hope and Stephen Street. Enjoy a pleasant stroll around town – there are 13 to spot, which one will be your favorite?
Pepper Box Gallery
A fabulous space for artists and creators to showcase their talents. Also hosts regular events, exhibitions and workshops.
23 Stephen St, Warialda
On June 10, 1838, the infamous Myall Creek Massacre took place at Myall Creek Station where twenty-eight Wirrayaraay women, children and old men were murdered, and their bodies burned in an unprovoked attack by a group of stockmen. The ensuing court case marked the first time in Australian history which Europeans were charged, found guilty and punished for a massacre, with seven men hanged as a result.
An annual Friends of Myall Creek Memorial Service attracts people from all over the country and is held every June long weekend at the Myall Creek Memorial monument. The project was undertaken by a group of Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people working together in an act of reconciliation. The project was awarded the Judith Wright Prize for innovative reconciliation work in 2005.
The monument opposite stands on a ridge at the end of a 500m memorial path, whose winding shape represents the Rainbow Snake Booragan, and overlooks the site of the massacre, 20km NE of Bingara on the Delungra Road.
Seven plaques set in granite boulders along the path give parts of the story in both English and Gamilaraay language and have illustrations by Aboriginal artist Colin Isaacs. Stone benches front each plaque, giving visitors a place to sit and reflect on this shameful part of history.
Myall Creek is now one of Australia’s most important centres of reconciliation and was recognised as such when on the 170th anniversary of the massacre, the site was placed on the National Heritage List. In November 2010 Myall Creek Memorial was entered on the NSW State Heritage Register.
Join in the story with a highly produced audio walk (geo locative) which was produced in collaboration with local community - download the free Soundtrails App then open Myall Creek
Whitlow Rd, Myall Creek
This outstanding project is transforming 150 hectares of degraded town common into a highly productive and visually beautiful forest of food, by combining a wide range of complementary agricultural activities with horticulture, aquaculture and forestry. It aims to provide inspiration and know-how for the next generation of farmers and the regeneration of rural communities. The beautiful site, including the Centre for Regenerative Agriculture and the Carbon Farm is open all year round and guided tours can be arranged for a small fee.
1a Killarney Gap Rd, Bingara
Carinda House Community Cultural Centre
Housed in the oldest two-storey building in town, showcasing handmade crafts, artworks, country-style baking, jams preserves, babywear hand knits, unique giftware and temporary exhibitions.
15 Stephen St, Warialda
Step into bush life of yesteryear with buildings dating from the 1860’s, including the original Post Office Hotel, a school and blacksmith shop, where the infamous bushranger ‘Thunderbolt’ regularly had his horse shod. On site is an extensive array of memorabilia and historic photo collection, plus the interesting Gem and Mineral Museum.
The Bingara Museum is also the home to the Bingara District Historical Society. Click the link for current opening hours.
16 Maitland St, Bingara
Three art galleries, fascinating alfresco sculptures, bushwalks, giftshop and a dinosaur! Visitors are offered the experience of art, culture and the beauty of the great outdoors in a serene bush setting. Check website or call 02 6729 4147 for current opening hours.
2535 Allan Cunningham Rd, Warialda
A quiet, gently lit space to relax and reflect whilst breathing in the warm, salty air dispersed by the state-of-the-art halogenerator. A salt cave experience is similar to being at the ocean; the fine salt molecules help to cleanse and clear feelings of congestion, providing a sense of well-being and rejuvenation.
30 Maitland St, Bingara
Bingara Lion’s Club Markets
4th Saturday of the month 8.30am - 12.30pm
Maitland St, Bingara
Music, Theatre and Cinema
Built by three Greek partners from the island of Kythera as a magnificent art deco cinema with an adjoining café, the theatre operated until 1958, after which it was closed and left untouched for forty years. Beautifully and faithfully restored to its former glory in 2004 and now open to the public as a cinema, performing arts venue and multi-purpose function centre. The Café operated as a Chinese restaurant until 2011, when it also underwent a transformation back to its Greek café heritage and is a wonderful 1930’s time capsule – a must-see when in the region.
74 Maitland St, Bingara
Northwest Theatre Company
Founded in November 2002, the Company aims to provide opportunities for locals to enjoy the great thrill of participating in performing arts, whether as the audience, actor or stage crew. NWTC is thriving due to the high calibre of talent and technical backup, the use of experienced directors, a strong ethic of commitment to youth and the venue… the magnificent Roxy Theatre! New members very welcome.
The club hosts 11 carefully selected films annually, screening on the last Sunday of each month (between February and December). Membership is open to everyone and joining the club is easy – pop into the Bingara Visitor Information Centre for further information.
Bingara + Warialda Toastmasters
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Meets after hours - call for details.
02 6724 1240 + 02 6729 1088