Binnaway is a delightful
country town 36 kms south-east of Coonabarabran, and 417 km
north-west of Sydney.
For many years it was an
important railway junction. These days, many thousands of tonnes of
wheat are still carried through the centre on the way from Gwabegar
to Werris Creek, and then on to Newcastle and Sydney.
Binnaway is still an
important local centre for a rich agricultural area.
Among its claims to fame
is that its Royal Hotel was used for many key scenes in the famous
Australian movie, the Shiralee.
Binnaway was also the
home town of a NSW Premier, Mr Jack Renshaw. And it is still fondly
remembered as the home base for the famous White Rose Orchestra,
which played at dances and balls over the States north-west for
more than 30 years.
Binnaway has excellent
facilities for the visitor. A keen rail heritage group is restoring
the old Railway Barracks at Binnaway, and expects to soon have a
historic two-car diesel train operating in the area for tourist journeys.