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Tingha (population 833 in 2016) is a village in the New England region in New South Wales, Australia.


Before non-indigenous settlement the area now known as Tingha was mainly lived upon by people from the Nucoorilma group, which is an associated group of the Murri Aboriginal people. Many of their descendants still live in the surrounding area. The name Tingha is an Aboriginal word for "flat or level (ground)".

Tingha was first settled in 1841 by Sydney Hudson Darby and became a mining town after tin was discovered there in the 1870s. Within 12 months Australia’s first commercial tin mines were operating. Around 5,000 people arrived and about 1,000 of the miners were Chinese.

The village was proclaimed a town in 1885. Initially there were enough readily accessible surface deposits to make a good living without using machinery as Chinese people did. By the early 1900s the mining boom was over and Tingha's population had dwindled to just a few hundred people.

Welcome to Tingha

Tourism information[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Tingha is 27 km south east of Inverell via Bundarra Road and Guyra Road, 64 km northwest of Guyra via Guyra Road, and 75 km southwest of Glen Innes via Gwydir Highway, Dodds Lane, Stannifer, and Guyra Road.

By coach[edit]

NSW Trainlink operates a rail coach that departs Tuesdays from Armidale at 5:50PM and arrives at Tingha at 6:48PM (Route 337), and departs Tuesdays from Inverell at 6:20AM and arrives at Tingha at 6:50AM (Route 338). The coach stop is in front of the Police Station in Opal Street. A timetable for the coach can be viewed here. 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.
  • 2 Tingha - coach stop (outside the police station).
  • 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 is at Inverell (IVR IATA). Commercial flights are operated by Fly Corporate, with flights connecting Inverell to Brisbane and Sydney on weekdays.

  • Inverell Taxis (Inverell Radio Cabs Co-op Ltd), +61 2 6722 3533. Taxi bookings must be made well before departure and upon arrival at the airport. Call in advance to enquire about fares to/from Tingha.

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

Get around[edit]

By rental car[edit]

The nearest car rental agencies are in Inverell, Glen Innes, and Armidale.


  • 1 Stonewoman Aboriginal Area (9 km south of Tingha via New Valley Road, Kempton Road, Long Gully Road,). This area hold special cultural significance for the local Aboriginal people. Car parking. No facilities. 750 m walk to cultural site. No pets. No smoking.
  • 2 Wing Hing Long Heritage Emporium, 10 Ruby Street (opposite Royal Hotel), +61 2 6723 3156. Tu Th Sa Sun and public holidays 10AM-3PM, other times by appointment. Former store established by a Chinese tin miner, now a museum on the NSW State Heritage Register. $3 per person.


  • 1 Copeton Dam (eastern shore), end of Howell Road (24 km west of Tingha on Howell Road). Camping (no fees), boating, fishing. Public toilets, rubbish bins, no other facilities
  • Fossicking.
  • 2 Green Valley Park, 161 Jones Road (11 km southeast of Tingha via New Valley Road), +61 2 6723 3370. Open daily except Christmas Day 9:30AM-5PM. Holiday and entertainment park. Day entry (excluding Christmas Day) as well as accommodation. $15 per person, $8 per senior, free for children under 2.
  • Tingha Tin Festival. Celebrates the discovery of nearby tin which established the village. Held in November.


There are no ATMs in the village

  • 1 Tingha Store & Newsagency, 21 Ruby Street (opposite Fire Brigade, next to Royal Hotel), +61 2 6723 3434.







Public telephones[edit]

  • corner of Opal and Ruby Streets (next to petrol station).

Public toilets[edit]

  • Tingha Fire Brigade, 20 Ruby Street. Open daylight hours. Wheelchair access.
  • Symes Park, Opal Street (between Sapphire and Amethyst Streets). Open 24 hours.
  • Tingha Cemetery, 21 Garnet Street (southern end of Sapphire Street). Open 24 hours

Go next[edit]

  • Glen Innes - 75 km northeast of Tingha via Guyra Road, Old Mill Road, Stannifer Road, Elsmore Road (turn right), Dodds Lane, Gwydir Highway (turn right) (1 hr 3 min)
  • Guyra - 64 km southeast of Tingha via Guyra Road (41 min); 63 km southwest of Tingha via New Valley Road, Moreduns Dams Road, Tenterden Road, Guyra Road (56 min)
  • Armidale - 101 km southeast of Tingha via Guyra Road, Guyra, New England Highway (1 hr 7 min)
  • Tamworth - 196 km south of Tingha via Thunderbolts Way, Guyra, New England Highway (2 hr 15 min)
  • Bundarra - 35 km southwest of Tingha via Howells Road, Thunderbolts Way (turn left) (26 min)
  • Barraba - 104 km southwest of Tingha via Howells Road, Thunderbolts Way (turn left), Bundarra, Barraba Road, Gulf Creek Road, McIntyre Road, Woodsreef Road (turn right), B95 (turn left) (1 hr 36 min)
  • Bingara - 95 km west of Tingha via Guyra Road, Bundarra Road, Inverell, Gwydir Highway, Delungra Bypass Road, Bingara Road (1 hr 10 min)
  • Inverell - 27 km north of Tingha via Guyra Road, Bundarra Road (22 min)
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