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Brewarrina

Located at the head of the Darling River, at the point where the Barwon River becomes the Darling, 'Bre', as it's known to the locals, is infused with a mellow, languid charm that derives from its long and colourful history.

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Located at the head of the Darling River, at the point where the Barwon River becomes the Darling, ‘Bre’, as it’s known to the locals, is infused with a mellow, languid charm that derives from its long and colourful history.

Brewarrina marks the deepest inland point that river steamers could reach. Off Bathurst Street is the town’s original road bridge, the Barwon Bridge, which could be raised or lowered to allow steamers to pass. It’s one of two surviving lift bridges in NSW.

Because of its large Aboriginal population, Brewarrina has special significance in the region. Here, on the Barwon River, stone traps used during the fishing season were the site of initiation ceremonies and exchanges that drew together several thousand Aboriginal people.

Estimated to be more than 40,000 years old, the traps consist of a series of stone weirs and ponds arranged to form a ‘net’. The largest of their kind, these National Heritage-listed traps stretch half a kilometre along the river and indicate a sophisticated culture capable of executing complex engineering works. Guided by Aboriginal people , visitors can tour this site and other cultural areas, including Hospital Creek and the Ochre Beds.

 

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