Discover the Gwydir Shire

The Gwydir Shire is in the centre of the ‘Fossickers Way’ and encompasses a diverse landscape that is both picturesque and productive. The Gwydir Shire encompasses the larger towns of Bingara and Warialda as well as many small villages that offer a brilliant lifestyle.

The Gwydir Shire is renowned for the innovative farming practices its primary producers utilise such as satellite guidance systems and minimum tillage. Both Bingara and Warialda have amazing communications infrastructure and a great ‘can do’ attitude within the community, both of which are instrumental in making the Shire a wonderful place for a ‘tree-change’.




Region Population: 4,910 residents


Bingara Population: 1,028 residents

Warialda Population: 1,130 residents





 Median House Price:     $315,000 

 Median House Rental:  $310



 Median House Price:     $275,500

 Median House Rental:  $300




 Top Three Occupation Groups:

  • Managers
  • Professionals
  • Technicians and Trades Workers

Top Three Employment Sectors:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Helath Care and Social Assistance
  • Public Administration and Safety

Australian Bureau of Statistics - Gwydir Shire 2023, Bingara 2021 and Warialda 2021 and suburb summaries for Bingara and Warialda, 2024

The Fossickers Way is one of the oldest and most picturesque touring routes in New South Wales and provides an alternative route between Sydney and Brisbane for those who enjoy an easy, more leisurely scenic drive. Escape the stress of hours on the road watching traffic, instead take your time and appreciate the magnificent, ever-changing scenery, a landscape which varies from steep wooded hills and native forest to wide fertile valleys fringed by a haze of blue ranges.

The drive is exciting and different and takes you through one of the richest gem areas in Australia and just like the precious stones found along its route, The Fossickers Way holds many treasures waiting to be unearthed - from buildings steeped in history to picturesque scenery and quaint villages where the personalities are as big as the sky overhead.

Bingara Township
Bingara Township
Warialda Township
Warialda Township

The southern boundary of the shire is the Nandewar Range where the Gwydir and Namoi Valleys meet. The Horton Valley and Cobbadah District are home to some Australia’s most highly regarded beef cattle studs. These enterprising farmers use the latest artificial breeding and agronomic technology to produce beef of exceptional quality. Meat Sheep and merinos that grow high quality wool are also grazed in this area.

The Gwydir River enters the Gwydir Shire where it spills from the Copeton Dam and meanders in a westerly direction through the towns of Bingara and Gravesend. The Gwydir valley is well know for irrigated and dry land cropping as well as livestock production. In addition to the traditional crops of wheat, barley, oats and sorghum, there are olive groves, pecan nut plantations and freshwater fish farms in the Gravesend district.

Heading northwest from the timbered surrounds of the town of Warialda and the close-knit community of Coolatai, the countryside opens into an undulating vista of basalt farmland. This part of the Shire which include the villages of Crooble, Croppa Creek and North Star, is known
as the ‘Golden Triangle’. Farmers using advanced farming techniques, such as minimum tillage and satellite guidance systems, produce a variety of high yielding crops such as wheat, barley sorghum, maize, chick peas, canola and cotton to name just a few. This area also has several cattle feed lots which supply grain fed beef to the Australian domestic market and export markets throughout the world.




Average Maximum Temperature: 26.2oC
Average Minimum Temperature: 10.2oC


Average Yearly Rainfall: 736mm
Average Days of Rain Per Year: 60




Average Maximum Temperature: 26.1oC
Average Minimum Temperature: 8.3oC


Average Yearly Rainfall: 685mm
Average Days of Rain Per Year: 59


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Bingara  and Warialda 2023


Both Warialda and Bingara have Hospitals, Aged Care Hostels, Medical Centres, Caravan Parks, Swimming Pools, Preschools, Libraries, Tourist Information Centres. Warialda is the centre for the Council’s Technical Services functions. Bingara is the centre for the Administrative functions. The two centres are being linked through the use of sophisticated communications equipment to ensure that the amalgamations primary objective is achieved which is to save the existing employment numbers within each of the main urban centres of Warialda and Bingara.



Public Transport

Driving from Bingara to:

 Sydney - 564km in 6 hours and 40 Minutes

 Brisbane - 468km in 5 hours and 45 minutes


Driving from Warialda to:

 Sydney - 605km in 7 hours

 Brisbane - 427km in 5 hours and 15 minutes

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You can find out more on the Gwydir Shire Council website or contact them for further information on 02 6724 2000, or by email at

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