Bingara must have been one of the busiest towns in the north west last weekend. Seen gathering outside the Imperial Hotel on Saturday morning was a large group of motorcyclists who were preparing to ride around the area for the day, before returning there for dinner.
Local Vstrom rider, Ian Armstrong organised the national gathering, which has been taking place for the last five years somewhere in Australia. Ian told the Advocate that around 60 people attended the dinner on Saturday night.
Bingara’s Lions Club cooked a great breakfast for the riders on Sunday morning.
Through ticket sales and other activities, the group raised $340 for their nominated charity, the Royal Flying Doctor Service. People came from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast to attend, with one rider from Townsville unsuccessfully making a few attempts to find his way around the floodwaters there before giving up, Ian said.
The Advocate spoke to “Vz Rider”, otherwise known as Pete from the Central Coast, who was surveying the scene from the middle of the road on Saturday morning. “We gather annually somewhere around Australia for the weekend. Last year we were in Bright in Victoria and next year we are going to Tasmania. Previously days like these have been held in Coffin Bay, South Australia, Cobar and Urunga in NSW. We all ride Vstrom bikes, which are made by Suzuki,” Pete said.
Different groups were going in different directions, some going to Copeton Dam, some going to Moree via Narrabri and some were heading in the Barraba direction. Pete said he was going to Moree to experience the artesian waters there before heading back to Bingara.
Other activities taking place around the town and district included a cheese making class, Pilates, the Keno fourball best ball golf tournament, the Lions Market, Opera in the Paddock, The Brass Arcade at the RSL, a visit by about 40 members of the Hawkesbury Combined Probus Club (who are staying for the four days in Bingara), Film Club at the Roxy, A surprise birthday flight in a helicopter, a clearing sale and a garage sale.
There’s certainly no shortage of activities to participate in around Bingara!