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Tree Changers Destination

Gwydir Shire has rustic charm in spades

Historic pubs are a lot of

A unique monument to say the least


Most of us know the pain and inconvenience of commuting. Cold, early mornings and grey, late afternoons spent sitting in traffic, just wishing we were already at work or home. The beauty of Gwydir Shire is that while some of the towns are a distance from one another, the traffic rarely reaches city levels. And even if you do have to travel a longer distance, the amazing rural landscape offers commuters a view that city-dwellers on highways envy. The ability to travel to work and back, perhaps even in the same town, is one of the major motivations for tree changers. For retirees, there’s the freedom to live in and explore beautiful regions without having to travel long distances.


Attractions aren’t just for tourists. When you live in Gwydir Shire, the weekends and holidays will never be dull, with staycations taking on a whole new meaning. Got a spare day? Check out the Horton Falls or the Warialda Museum. Seeking adventure? Head to the Copeton Dam on horseback or with your canoe.

If you’re seeking peace and natural beauty, you can virtually head anywhere in the Shire. The North Star golf course and polo grounds are popular, as are Cunningham Park and Junction Park in Bingara.


Gwydir Shire is home to a number of events, from horse racing to festivals and working dog trials. Enjoy the rural environment by attending a campdrafting event, or if you’re after something even more unique, head to the bucking bull competition at the Gravesend Rodeo in February.

Events in Gwydir Shire offer fun for the whole family. At Christmas, the kids can have their photo taken with Santa at the Bingara Christmas Carnival, while the adults can enjoy the Bingara Cup Calcutta.


The picturesque Gwydir River runs through Bingara and is a popular place to hike, canoe, ride on horseback, fish or simply sit and enjoy the serenity. Beautiful scenery is not in short supply in Gwydir Shire. From the Kwiambal National Park 60km from North Star, to Rocky Creek Gorge and Glacial Forms in Cobbadah, a landscape of wonders awaits your exploration. Copeton Dam is a fishing paradise and a good place to relax and enjoy nature.

As a city-dweller, it’s easy to feel like just a number. The small and large towns in Gwydir Shire have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that is difficult to find in the city or suburbs. Bingara and Warialda are the largest towns in the Gwydir region, and still manage to retain the friendliness and warmth that are characteristic of small-town living.


Making a tree change to Gwydir Shire isn’t that difficult. In fact, it’s proved such a popular move that the folks at the Shire Council have appointed a Tree Change Concierge. The Shire’s website also features helpful information, such as lists of real estate agents and other ‘need-to-know’ facts for aspiring tree changers.

Life seems to get busier and busier, with little time for peaceful reflection or outdoor recreation. Fortunately, life in Gwydir Shire provides the perfect antidote to this. Check out Gwydir Shire today and buckle up for new adventures!

Hone your skills at the North Star golf course

Picturesque views to say the least

Both the small and large towns in the Shire have an abundance of history to explore

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