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Delungra (population 285 in 2016) is a hamlet in the New England region in New South Wales, Australia.

Understand[edit]

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The European explorer Allan Cunningham passed through this district in 1827. In 1838 local Aborigines were massacred by white settlers on a farm at Myall Creek south-west of the current hamlet, however the perpetrators were brought to justice, the first time for this crime in New South Wales. Delungra village itself was established as 'Reedy Creek' in the 1900s when the surrounding Myall Creek district was divided into 132 farms. The railway arrived in 1901 (closed 1987) and the settlement renamed to Delungra in 1906. Delungra is in the Inverell Shire Local Government Area.

Tourist information centre[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Delungra is on the intersection of the Gwydir Highway/B76, the Bingara Road, and the Delungra Road.

The Gwydir Highway runs west to Warialda and Moree, and runs east to Inverell and Glen Innes. The Bingara Road runs south-west past the Myall Creek Memorial Site to Bingara. The Delungra Road runs north-east to Ashford via Graman.

Delungra is 33 km north-west of Inverell via the Gwydir Highway, and 29 km south-east of Warialda via the Gwydir Highway.

Delungra is 43 km north-east of Bingara via Allan Cunningham Road/B95, Delungra Road, Myall Creek Memorial Site, Bingara Road, and 51 km south-west of Ashford via Inverell Street, Ely Street, Graman Road, Yetman Road, Delungra Road.

Driver rest areas[edit]

from Inverell (east) to Warialda (west):

  • 2 Little Plain (left hand side, 17 km west of Inverell). Light vehicle access. Heavy vehicle access. Picnic tables. Shelter. Litter bins. No toilets.
  • 3 Delungra Rest Area (corner of Bingara Road and Railway Street). Light vehicle access. Shelters. Picnic tables. Litter bins. Toilets with disabled access.
  • 4 Dumboy Creek (left hand side, 3.5 km north-west of Delungra). Light vehicle access. Heavy vehicle access. Picnic tables. Shelter. Litter bins. No toilets.
  • 5 Tigers Gap (left hand side, 23 km north-west of Delungra). Light vehicle access. Heavy vehicle access. Picnic tables. Shelter. Litter bins. No toilets.
  • 6 Kooligur Nature Walk (left hand side, 27 km north-west of Delungra). Light vehicle access. Picnic tables. Shelter. No litter bins. No toilets.
  • 7 Warialda Saleyards (right hand side, 28 km north-west of Delungra, outskirts of Warialda). Light vehicle access. Shelter. Litter bins. Toilets.

By coach[edit]

Tamworth-Inverell route[edit]

A NSW Trainlink coach service runs between Inverell and Tamworth to catch the long-distance trains at Tamworth. Coaches stop at the coach stops at the corner of Gwydir Highway and Gunnee Streets.

The northbound service (Route 311) departs Tamworth W-M at 3:55PM, arrives at Delungra at 6:49PM, and arrives at Inverell at 7:15PM. The southbound service (Route 312) departs Inverell W-M at 6:30AM, arrives at Delungra at 6:53AM, and arrives at Tamworth at 10:06AM.

A map and timetable can be downloaded here.

Bookings are essential - Coach drivers do not take payment or offer reservations.

Grafton-Moree route[edit]

A NSW Trainlink coach service runs between Grafton and Moree. Coaches stop at the coach stops at the corner of Gwydir Highway and Gunnee Streets.

The eastbound service (Route 142) departs Moree M W F at 10:55AM, arrives at Delungra at 12:30PM, arrives at Inverell at 12:55PM and departs at 1:40PM, arrives at Glen Innes at 2:36PM, and arrives at Grafton at 4:40PM. The westbound service (Route 141) departs Grafton Tu Th Sa at 10:20 AM, arrives at Glen Innes at 12:25PM, arrives at Inverell at 1:15PM and departs 2:15PM, arrives at Delungra at 2:40PM, and arrives at Moree at 4:10PM. Note the alternating direction of travel on alternating days, and no services on a Sunday

A map and timetable can be downloaded here.

Bookings are essential - Coach drivers do not take payment or offer reservations.

Bookings and stops[edit]
  • 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.
  • Tamworth (Railway Station), Marius Street, +61 13 22 32. Daily 8:30AM-4:30 PM.
  • 8 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.
  • Grafton (Railway Station), 23 Through Street (corner Through Street and Crisp Avenue, South Grafton), +61 13 22 32. M-F 4AM-9PM, 9:30PM-1:30AM Sa Su Public holidays 4AM-noon, 1:30-9PM, 9:30PM-1:30AM.
  • Grafton (Grafton Travel Agency), 48 Prince Street (next to Grafton Fast Photos), +61 2 6642 3777. M-F 8:45AM-5PM, Sa 8:45AM-noon. The coach does not stop here - it stops at the railway station.
  • Moree (Railway Station), Gosport Street, Moree, +61 2 6750 7161. M-F 7AM-11AM. Parking in Gosport Street (cross over Newell Highway to get to the station) or directly behind the station in Morton Street.
  • M & G Travel, 66 Balo Street, Moree, +61 2 6750 7161. M-F 9AM-5PM. The coach does not stop here - it stops at the railway station.
  • 9 Delungra - coach stop, corner of Gwydir Highway and Gunnee Street (near McGregor-Gourlay Agricultural Services). Tickets and reservations are unavailable in Delungra or from the driver. The nearest in-person agents are in Warialda and Inverell
  • 10 Warialda (Warialda Newsagency), corner of 58 Hope Street (opposite the post office), +61 2 6729 1049. M-F 8AM-5:30PM, Sa Su 8AM-noon. The coach does not stop here - it stops at the Tourist Information Centre at the corner of Geddes Street and Holden Street

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports with regularly scheduled flights are at Inverell (through Fly Corporate), Glen Innes, Moree, Armidale, and Tamworth.

Get around[edit]

Private transport is essential, as there is no taxi service or local bus service.

The nearest car rental agencies are in Inverell.

See[edit]

Myall Creek Massacre Memorial Site
  • 1 Myall Creek Massacre Memorial Site (19 km south-west of Delungra via Bingara Road). Location of massacre of local Wirrayaraay people - the first time white settlers were punished for murdering Aboriginals, 1838. Listen to the Myall Creek Soundtrail here (also available as an app).
  • 2 Graman Hotel, 4158 Yetman Road, Graman (25 km north-east of Delungra via Gunnee Street/Delungra Road,), +61 2 6725 6482. Phone for hours. Historic hotel, established 1876. Accomodation. Pub fare. Phone for rates and availability
  • 3 Copeton Dam, Copeton Dam Road (37 km south-east of Delungra via Gwydir Highway, turn right onto Havilah Park Road, turn right onto Copeton Dam Road (30 min)), +61 2 6723 6269. Daily 9AM-5PM. Camping. Children's playground. Picnic Areas. Toilets. Fishing. Kiosk. Shower facilities. Boat ramps. Water sports. Bushwalking. Golf. No flying of drones. Reflections Copeton Waters Holiday Park.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Hotels[edit]

  • 1 Delungra Hotel Cafe, 28 Inverell Street (on the Gwydir Highway) (corner Gwydir Highway and Macintyre Street), +61 2 6724 8405. Phone for rates and availability

Camping and caravans[edit]

  • 2 Delungra Showground, Reedy Street (corner of Inverell Street/Gwydir Highway and Reedy Street), +61 2 6724 8275. $15 per night, payable at pub or onsite caretaker. 14 powered sites. Toilets. Showers. Onsite rubbish dump point

Cope[edit]

Emergency[edit]

  • 11 Police Station, 4 Gunnee Street (corner Gunnee Street and Inverell Lane, school bus shelter out the front). Not open 24 hours.

Fuel[edit]

  • 12 Northwest Petroleum (Shell), 26 Inverell Street (Gwydir Highway) (corner Inverell Street/Gwydir Highway and Dumboy Street, next to the Delungra Hotel Cafe). M-F 5:30AM-6PM, Sa Su 7AM-5PM. Convenience store. Cold drinks. Snacks. Ask attendant for toilet key

Public telephones[edit]

  • 13 Public telephone, outside Australia Post office (corner of Inverell Street/Gwydir Highway and Gunnee Street. Next to Delungra Bowling and Recreation Club).

Public toilets[edit]

  • 14 Delungra Rest Area (corner of Bingara Road and Railway Street). 6AM-9PM. Disabled access.

Banks[edit]

There are no banks in Delungra, and the Australa Post office does not have Bank@Post. It is advisable to do any necessary banking before departing for Delungra.

ATM[edit]

  • Cashcard ATM (Delungra Hotel Cafe), 28 Inverell Street (Gwydir Highway). Hotel hours.

Go next[edit]

  • Ashford - north-east of Delungra: 51 km via Gunnee Street/Delungra Road, turn left onto Yetman Road, pass the Graman Hotel on the right, turn right into Graman Road, turn right into Ely Street, turn left into Inverell Street (49 min)
  • Inverell - east of Delungra: 33 km via Gwydir Highway (25 min)
  • Glen Innes - east of Delungra: 100 km via Gwydir Highway, Inverell (1 hr 13 min)
  • Armidale - south-east of Delungra: 160 km via Gwydir Highway, Inverell, turn right onto Tingha Road, continue ahead as Bundarra Road, through Gilgai, cross Copes Creek Bridge, continue ahead as Thunderbolts Way, continue through Bundarra, turn left onto Bundarra Road (1 hr 54 min)
  • Tamworth - south of Delungra: 193 km via Bingara Road, Myall Creek, Delungra Road, turn left onto Allan Cunningham Road/B95, Bingara, continue south on B95 through Barraba and Manilla (2 hr 17 min)
  • Bingara - south-west of Delungra: 42 km via Bingara Road, past Myall Creek Memorial, continue ahead (now Delungra Road), turn left onto Allan Cunningham Road/B95, turn right onto Finch Street (33 min)
  • Warialda - north-west of Delungra: 29 km via Gwydir Highway (20 min)
  • Moree - north-west of Delungra: 108 km via Gwydir Highway, Warialda (1 hr 14 min)