100,000 visitors to Bingara

November 2, 2015

The Bingara Visitors Information Centre (VIC) certainly has much cause to celebrate after recently clocking over 100,000 visitors.

Since 1998 the VIC has seen a steady stream of visitors to Bingara with an average of 6000 a year over the 17 years with the number seemingly growing each year.

Jan Mead, Bingara Visitor Information Centre.“Over the years people have been curious about Bingara for different reasons,” Tourist Information Officer, Jenny Mead told the Advocate.

“Bingara has a lot to offer and while they used to come for a few hours to fossick or to enjoy some riverside horse-riding, since the motorhome rally they have been coming partly for the free camping on the river but also to visit the Roxy complex and to enjoy some fossicking.”

One of the biggest years was the CMCA motor-home rally which took place in 2008 and saw Bingara’s population triple and the showground flooded with over 1000 motorhomes.

Other influencing factors leading to the increase in visitors to the centre each year has also been put down to the location of the centre.

From being in the current Ray White Rural building, to the Roxy and to the Gwydir Shire Council building it’s clear that the convenient positioning of the centre next door to the Roxy Complex, which includes the popular Greek Museum, has certainly encouraged visitors to pop their heads through the door. As always waiting on the other side is the very experienced Jenny with her team of volunteers who are always willing to lend a hand.

The VIC however is more than just a centre for information with an array of merchandise and unique souvenir items on offer ranging from ‘Chocolate Rocks’ to local honey, jams, relishes, locally made cards to name a few.

Whether you are a visitor or a local, Jenny is always pleased to welcome you into the centre for a chat or to give you the rundown on the great places Bingara has to offer.

Congratulations to the team at Bingara VIC.