The town of Brewarrina in northern NSW has a proud past and a bright future. Situated on the banks of the Barwon River, and home to the Kamilaroi Highway, Brewarrina is steeped in history and has plenty of natural and manmade attractions.
The Brewarrina township has a population of 2000 people and forms the heartbeat of the area, complemented by the villages of Weilmoringle and Goodooga, the hamlet of Gongolgon and the locality of Angeldool.
The shire covers an area of 19,000 square kms and borders Queensland to the north and is surrounded by the local government areas of Walgett, Warren, Bogan and Bourke.
All major roads in the LGA are sealed and there is a bus service operating to and from Dubbo on selected days, connecting with the XPT rail service to Sydney.
Brewarrina Shire Council’s vision for the LGA includes building on the economic and social fabric in order to preserve the rich heritage of the area by accepting challenges, having a responsible attitude towards change and working towards sustaining their community.
Climate: Winter: 3 – 19 degrees
Summer: 25 – 42 degrees
Brewarrina is based on its indigenous heritage and was once one of the great inter-tribal meeting points for Aboriginal people in Eastern Australia. White settlement began in the district in the 1830s and the town was built around development of the burgeoning wool industry. Agriculture and wool production remain viable sectors today.
These days, there is a friendly and relaxed lifestyle, access to national park land and recreation areas including good boating, fishing and camping spots.
The town offers affordable accommodation options and investment opportunities, with housing priced between $120,000 and $150,000 for a three-bedroom home and rentals available for $250 per week.
Rural properties can bed purchase at between $102 and $150 an acre variant upon water availability, location and fencing quality.
One of the main industries in Brewarrina is agriculture, predominantly sheep and cattle grazing, along with wool production. Local Government is a major employer for the town along with smaller retail outlets. Tourism also contributes to the local economy to a smaller extent.
The Brewarrina district offers early childhood, primary and secondary education provision, along with options for further study. There is public education along with independent schools, some of which offer boarding facilities to students.
Brewarrina has all the amenities you would expect from a small country town, including a pharmacy, newsagent, post office, service station, mechanic’s workshop, butchery and grocery store. There are also a couple of cafes and an RSL club with dining options, a visitor information centre and health services including a hospital and an aged care facility.
Significant events in the Shire include the Brewarrina Races, Barwon River Rodeo, Agricultural Field Day, NAIDOC celebrations, Weilmoringle Cancer Council Tennis Day, Goodooga Wool Day, the Bre Big Fish competition and the Bald Archy Art Prize Exhibition.
Known as the ‘fishing capital of the West’, Brewarrina is famous for its fishing and is a mecca for anglers from around Australia. The National Heritage-listed Brewarrina Fish Traps is an elaborate series of rock weirs and pools and is the oldest manmade infrastructure of its kind.
The Shire’s other attractions include the Old Barwon Bridge, Culgoa National Park, Narran Lakes, Cobb & Co trails, Four Mile Skiing Reserve, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Darling River Run, Ochre Bed Pits and the State Heritage Aboriginal Mission just to name a few.