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Bingara is an Aboriginal word believed to mean "a shallow river crossing".
Bingara and District has much to offer its visitors both the individual and the family. The district has become a popular place for backpackers as they stop over in the town to enjoy the fossicking, horse riding, fishing and bushwalking. The area is known for its peace and tranquility, which make it an ideal palce to stop and truly rest.
One of the highlights of the annual calendar is the towns orange festival, centered around the row of orange trees planted along either side of Finch Street near the Returned Servicemen's Club. The highlight is the picking of the oranges, done on a designated day around the end of June each year.
For those interested in Fishing, the region offers some of the best fishing avaialable on inland waters. The Gwydir River is renowned for its quality and size of fish with a major fishing competition held each year over the Easter period. Just a short trip from Bingara is Copeton Dam, renowned for its fishing as well as the water sports.
The region is rich in minerals and this brings fossickers from all over the world to try their luck. As well as panning for gold, the area is rich in a variety of gems.
Gwydir River Trail Rides offers visitors the opportunity to experience the bush at the ground level as they ride through the bush along the banks of the Gwydir River.
In the year 2000 a memorial was established at nearby Myall Creek in rememberance of the Myall Creek Massacre of 1838.
There is also a second web site featuring The Massacre, which covers some different aspects. This one is by the aboriginal artist, Colin Isaacs.
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