The Gwydir River flows into the Shire from the New England Tablelands and after a long trip through channels and wetlands, water eventually reaches the Murray estuary in South Australia.
The river is the lifeblood of Bingara and offers an idyllic place to swim, camp, kayak or enjoy a picnic.
Bingara is also known as a fishing paradise, with an abundance of freshwater fish. The Bingara Anglers Club established a hatchery in 1980, and have released thousands of Murray Cod, Yellow Belly and Silver Perch fingerlings into the river system, ensuring a steady supply of fish all year round.
The Club also hosts the annual Easterfish competition which runs from Good Friday to Easter Monday and attracts visitors from all over Australia. Size and bag limits apply, and some anglers may need to obtain a license. Licenses can be purchased from the Service Station or the Bingara Newsagency which are both located on Maitland Street.
Canoeing and horse riding are fantastic ways to explore the river, with both available through Wade Horses.