Bundarra is a small country town midway between Inverell and Armidale. Unless traveling this route the visitor will not encounter Bundarra. Like many of its rural counterparts Bundarra is suffering negatively from an economic perspective.

Bundarra is named for the Kamilaroi Indigenous Australian word for the Grey Kangaroo. The Kamilaroi and Anaiwan groups were the original inhabitants of the Bundarra area. A local hill nearby Bundarra called "Rumbling Mountain" is the subject of an Aboriginal myth that attempts to explain its periodic rumbling and shaking.

Bundarra Station was founded in 1836 by Edward G. Clerk and a hotel and store were established on the future town site. A church was constructed on the site in 1857 around the same time as the town survey. The old buildings in Bundarra’s main street were constructed between 1860 and 1880. A school was established in 1869, becoming a central school in 1955. The Roman Catholic convent was built in 1908 and a newspaper, the Bundarra Advocate was founded. At one stage the town included three hotels. three stores, three butchers and a bank.

The bushranger, Fred Ward, known as Captain Thunderbolt, stole two horses belonging to a police inspector from Abington station, near Bundarra in 1868.

The historic townscape of Bundarra lead to the town hosting some on location filming for the Fred Schepisi directed film, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Thomas Keneally

Bundarra Police Station and Courthouse (former) together with The Basin Nature Reserve, Baldersleigh Road have been placed on the Register of the National Estate. The Courthouse is now the museum.

The Bundarra Anglican Church is a classic 100 year old (for that era) church. The Catholic Church likewise old.

The Bundarra War Memorial is on the main road of the town.

The Commercial Hotel is still the central social centre of this small town.

For those travelling the cross roads that intersect, enjoy what is on offer. Bundarra is a long way from main centres and main roads. A deliberate diversion is not necessary.

Heritage diary




Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course