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Bundarra is a village (population: 676 in 2016) in the New England region in New South Wales, Australia. The village is located on Thunderbolts Way and on the banks of the Gwydir River.

Bendemeer Street, Bundarra

Understand[edit]

Bundarra is named for the Kamilaroi word for the grey kangaroo. Bundarra Station was founded in 1836 by Edward G. Clerk and a hotel and store were established on the future townsite. The historic townscape of Bundarra led to the town hosting some on location filming for the Fred Schepisi directed film, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Thomas Keneally. Bundarra is part of the Bundarra-Barraba Important Bird Area which is home to one of only three breeding areas in New South Wales for the endangered regent honeyeater.

Tourism information[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Bundarra is 64 km southwest of Inverell via Thunderbolts Way, 66 km northeast of Barraba via Barraba Road, 74 km southeast of Bingara via Copeton Dam Road and Bingara Road, 73 km northwest of Uralla via Thunderbolts Way, and 80 km northwest of Armidale via Bundarra Road and Thunderbolts Way.

By bus[edit]

NSW Trainlink operates a rail coach that departs Tuesdays from Armidale at 5:50PM and arrives at Bundarra at 7:15PM (Route 337), and departs Tuesdays from Inverell at 6:20AM and arrives at Bundarra at 7:20AM (Route 338). The coach stop is outside the Courthouse in Bendemeer Street. A timetable for the coach can be downloaded here [dead link]. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

  • NSW Trainlink - regular bookings, +61 13 22 32. Daily 7AM-10PM.
  • NSW Trainlink - multi-trip and Discovery Pass, +61 13 22 32. Daily 7AM-10PM.
  • Inverell (Windsong Travel), 45 Byron Street (between Subway and Imperial Hotel), +61 2 6722 3011. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-noon. The coach does not stop here - it stops at the Inverell Visitor Information Centre (Transit Centre), 11-31 Campbell Street.
  • Armidale (Railway Station), Brown Street, +61 13 22 32. M-F 7:30AM-3:30PM, Sa 7:30-11:30AM.
  • Armidale (Flight Centre), Shop 3a, 108 Dangar Street, +61 2 6771 5474. M-F 9AM-5:30PM, Sa 9AM-noon. The coach does not stop here, it stops at the Railway Station.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport with scheduled services is at Armidale (ARM IATA).

Get around[edit]

The nearest car hire agencies are in Inverell, Uralla and Armidale.

See[edit]

  • Former Police Station and Courthouse, corner Oliver & Bendemeer Streets, +61 4 0062 0004. By appointment. Heritage listed building built 1869. Alternative phone numbers: +61 2 6723 7146; +61 4 0240 7452; +61 2 6723 7205; +61 4 1823 6614 $5 per person.
  • Gallery of Glass (Bottle Museum), 18 Bendemeer Street, +61 2 6723 7146. By appointment. Alternative contact: +61 4 0240 7452 Gold coin donation.
  • Gwydir River bridge, Thunderbolts Way (northern end of Bendemeer Street, just past the school). A five-span iron truss bridge built 1881. Listed on the Register of The National Estate.
  • 1 Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve, Thunderbolts Way (77 km southeast of Bundarra via Thunderbolts Way). Walking trail (easy and level except for one short section, 3 km return). Aboriginal cave painting site.
  • 2 Copeton Dam, Copeton Dam Road, Copeton (44 km northwest of Bundarra via Barraba Road, Bingara Road, Copeton Dam Road). Camping, children's playground, picnic areas, toilets, fishing, kiosk, showers, boat ramps, water sports, bushwalking, golf

Do[edit]

  • Bundarra Agricultural Show & Rodeo (Bundarra Showground), Corner or Bombelli and Oliver Streets. Long weekend in January
  • 1 Bundarra Races, Bundarra Racecourse (3 km north of Bundarra on Thunderbolts Way). Horse races. Held in first weekend in October.
  • Bundarra Lions Club Goat Races, Bundarra Showgrounds (corner Bombelli and Oliver Streets). First weekend in November
  • Fishing. various places along the Gwydir River and at Copeton Dam
  • Fossicking.
  • Birdwatching.

Buy[edit]

There are no ATMs in the village

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Commercial Hotel, 16 Bendemeer Street, +61 2 6723 7106.
  • Bundarra Caravan Park, Court Street, +61 2 6723 7101. Phone ahead to check availability of powered sites.
  • 1 Emu Crossing Campground (Bundarra Lions Club Campground) (3 km south of Bundarra on Thunderbolts Way, near Gwydir River Road junction). Free campground, 15 sites. Public toilets (24 hours), wood barbecues (subject to firebans), fishing, swimming, pets permitted under conditions. Water needs to be treated/boiled before consumption.

Cope[edit]

Emergency[edit]

Fuel[edit]

Public telephones[edit]

  • corner Bendemeer and Court Streets (opposite the old post office).

Public toilets[edit]

  • Court Street (park at the end of the loop behind the Commercial Hotel). Disabled access. 24 hours.

Go next[edit]

  • Inverell - 48 km north of Bundarra via Thunderbolts Way (36 min)
  • Tingha - 36 km northeast of Bundarra via Thunderbolts Way and Howell Road (27 min); 31 km via Thunderbolts Way and Grove Road (30 min)
  • Guyra - 99 km east via Thunderbolts Way, Tingha, Guyra Road (1hr 7 min); 69 km via Thunderbolts Way and Baldersleigh Road (1hr 24 min); 119 km via Thunderbolts Way, Armidale, New England Highway (1hr 22 min)
  • Armidale - 80 km southeast of Bundarra via Thunderbolts Way and Bundarra Road (54 min)
  • Uralla - 73 km southeast of Bundarra via Thunderbolts Way (48 min)
  • Bendemeer - 94 km south of Bundarra via Gwydir River Road, Torryburn Road, Kingstown, Bendemeer Road (1 hr 15 min)
  • Tamworth - 161 km south of Bundarra via Thunderbolts Way, Uralla, New England Highway (1hr 52 min)
  • Barraba - 66 km southwest of Bundarra via Barraba Road, Bundarra Road, Gulf Creek Road, McIntyre Road, Woodsreef Road (56 min)
  • Bingara - 74 km northwest of Bundarra via Barraba Road, Bingara Road, Copeton Dam Road (turn left) (59 min)
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