Tingha is a small town 25 kilometres south east of Inverell. Tingha boasts being a heritage town but there is little evidence of communicating that message within the town. The town is old with lots of old buildings heritage factors. Unfortunately most are undated and without heritage information. Most basic services are provided at Tingha.

Tingha is an Aboriginal word for ‘flat or level'.

Tingha was first settled in 1841 by Sydney Hudson Darby and became a mining town after tin was discovered there in the 1870s. Within a year Australia’s first commercial tin mines were operating at a private settlement known as Armidale Crossing. Over 6,000 people arrived and more than 25% of the miners were Chinese. The Wing Hing Long Museum is a reminder of that heritage.

Armidale Crossing Post Office opened on 1 September 1872 and was renamed Tingha the next month

The village was proclaimed a town in 1885. Initially there were enough readily accessible surface deposits to make a good living without using machinery as the Chinese did. The first school was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1890. In the 1890s drought came to the district and the easily obtained deposits of tin were exhausted leading to a loss in population.

 By the early 1900s the mining boom was over and Tingha's population had dwindled to just a few hundred people. Shortly after this, large companies moved into the area to mine the less accessible tin.

The main industry nowadays is agriculture with some fossicking in the area. Tin dredging and mining has continued on a scale that varies according to international price fluctuations.

The Tingha War Memorial and garden is at the ‘sports club’ south of the main cbd area.

The Catholic Church is an ‘of substance’ building. The Anglican is an old and interesting.

The Royal Hotel is a 100 year plus building, but externally is undated.

Tingha is a diversion trip from either Inverell or Bundurra or from the Guyra route. As at today forget the effort, but not before long  this will be a nice historic visit. There is clearly an effort being undertaken.

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