Bingara Visitor Information Centre
The Bingara Visitor Information Centre (VIC) opened in 1998 and has seen a steady stream of, ever increasing visitors, each year. With around 6000 visitors annually the centre clocked up over 100,000 visitors in 2015.
Bingara has a lot to offer and over the years people have been curious about Bingara for different reasons. While visitors used to come for a few hours to fossick or to enjoy some riverside horse-riding, since the motorhome rally in 2008 all that changed. The rally saw Bingara’s population triple and the showground flooded with over 1000 motorhomes, an event which cemented Bingara on the tourist map. [View photo of the Bingara Showground during the rally, taken from Batterham Lookout.]
Word of mouth is the best advertising so since the event visitors have been people drawn to Bingara, partly for the free camping on the river, but also to visit the Roxy complex and to enjoy some fossicking.”
Jen Mead Gwydir Shire Tourist Officer has been on the job for almost two decades and in that time has seen Bingara and the shire go from being a curiosity to a tourist destination. Visitors no longer travel through Bingara, but TO Bingara.
[Tourist Officer Jen Mead, doing what she does best, “Leading people astray!”]
Other influencing factors leading to the increase in visitors to the centre each year has also been put down to its location. From being in the Historical Society Museum at the far end of the business centre, to a location opposite the Council (formerly a barber shop), then the Council building, it’s now clear, that the convenient positioning of the centre next door to the Roxy Theatre, which includes the popular Greek Museum, has certainly encouraged visitors to pop their heads through the door.
Visitors can tour the museum and restored theatre at 10.30am and 2.30pm daily, or by appointment. Museum and theatre tour packages are available. Contact the VIC for details.
[Entrance to the VIC housed in the Roxy Complex. See “Bingara’s Google” Jen Mead’s reflection in the window.]
More than just information…
The VIC 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, Greek chocolates, spice mixes, coffee beans as well as Roxy Milkshake containers and Roxy wine and spirit glasses to name a few.
The VIC is also the booking office or box office for not only Roxy performances and events but also for numerous other community events from Workshops to Balls.
Whether you are a visitor or a local, Tourist Officer Jenny Mead with her team of volunteers 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.
Bingara Visitor Information Centre
Roxy Theatre Building
74 Maitland Street
Locked Bag 5
Bingara NSW 2404
Visitor Centre Opening Hours
Monday to Friday – 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday (volunteers) – 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Tour numbers limited to 2 attendees and above.
Tour Times: Monday, Wednesday & Friday ONLY, at 10.30am
Touring or Large Groups – alternate arrangements – on application by contact the Bingara Visitors Centre during business hours (Mon to Fri between 9am to 12pm or between 1.30pm to 4.30pm):
Contact Tourism officer: 02 6724 0066, email@example.com
Roxy Tour Prices (as of April 2022):
- Theatre, Trade Training Kitchen & Greek Museum: $10.00 per person