Binnaway, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Royal Hotel Binnaway, New South Wales.jpg
Royal Hotel, Binnaway
Binnaway is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 31°33′S 149°23′E / 31.550°S 149.383°E / -31.550; 149.383Coordinates: 31°33′S 149°23′E / 31.550°S 149.383°E / -31.550; 149.383
Population 495 (2006 census)[1]
LGA(s) Warrumbungle Shire

Binnaway is a small town located on the Castlereagh River in central western New South Wales near the larger centre of Coonabarabran, which is about 35 kilometres to the north. In 2006, the town had a population of 495 people.[1] The road linking these two towns closely follows the meandering Castlereagh River. There are many pleasant areas to stop beside the road and on the river banks to have a picnic. Binnaway is also located near the similarly sized small town of Mendooran. Following local government amalgamation, the town is now located in the Warrumbungle Shire Council area which is headquartered at Coonabarabran.

The name Binnaway may derive from an Aboriginal term which means peppermint tree. The first landholder in the areas was Charles Naseby who claimed 50 acres (200,000 m²) in 1869. The village of Binnaway was initially set up on his land with a plan for the town being laid out in 1876. A street in the town is named Renshaw Street after the former Premier of New South Wales Jack Renshaw who grew up and went to school in the area.

A film called The Shiralee which starred Peter Finch was filmed around Binnaway in the 1950s.

Binnaway was also home to Frank Bourke's famous White Rose Orchestra and the big Piano It was a major railway town and a large wheat receival area. The railway still runs from Dubbo to Werris Creek in the North.


The town hosts the Binnaway Bowling club located at the southern end of the town. Other sports active in Binnaway are cricket, fishing, golf, pony riding, squash, tennis and swimming.[2]

There are also a number of popular 4x4 and motor cross tracks to explore.

Preceding station   NSW Branch lines   Following station
towards Gwabegar
Gwabegar Line
towards Wallerawang
Preceding station   NSW Branch lines   Following station
Terminus Binnaway – Werris Creek Line
towards Werris Creek


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Binnaway (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
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