Binda, NSW

Rural town in the NSW Southern Tablelands.

Binda is a town which prospered during the goldrush era and is now nothing more than a church, the remains of a pub, a rather handsome old mill, a few houses and a general store. From the 1840s-1880s it was an important administrative centre. As the gold prospectors moved on to the next goldfield so the town declined.


Binda is a tiny village located 19 km north of Crookwell and 259 km south-west of Sydney via the Hume Highway and Goulburn .


Origin of Name

It is claimed that the town's name is a word meaning 'deep water' taken from the language of the Gundungara Aboriginal people who often camped beside the water holes on the Binda Creek.


Things to See and Do

Historic Buildings

St James Anglican Church
Built in 1864 in an early English Gothic Revival style and constructed from bluestone and quartzite with dressed sandstone sills and fine stained-glass windows, St James is a reminder of the status of the town in the 1860s. The key to the church and a guide book are available from the Binda store. Visitors are welcome. Services are held at 8.30am on the third and fourth Sunday of each month.

Binda General Store
The Binda General Store is now the heart of the village. It includes part of the old Flag Hotel (c.1852) which was where the Ben Hall and his gang conducted their raid. See "History" for details of the attack.

Rose Cottage
Rose Cottage was originally a hotel. It was built as an inn around 1890 but by 1905 the license was withdrawn. The building continued as accommodation. It offered meals to passing coaches and later became a boarding house. Today it is a private residence.

The Mill & Residence
The Mill is the most impressive building in town. It was built in the 1890s by George King. Unfortunately in 1896, when it was near completion, King fell from the scaffolding and died from his injuries. Consequently the mill was never used. The boiler stood on Binda Flat until World War II when it was taken away for use in the manufacture of bombs.



Other Attractions in the Area

Grabine Lakeside State Park
Grabine Lakeside State Park is located on the edge of Wyangala Dam 53 km north-west of Binda. The setting is ideal for waterskiing, boating and fishing for trout, perch, Murray cod and catfish.

Facilities include a modern amenities block, kiosk, disabled facilities, boat ramp, tennis courts, a six-hole golf course, picnic tables, barbecues and playground equipment. Bungalow and cabin accommodation is available. For more details check out the website



* Binda came into existence in 1840 when a police station was established to deal with the large number of bushrangers in the area. A policeman's residence combined with horse paddocks and a lock-up were the town's first buildings. The construction was justified when, during 1840, the Whitton gang attacked Oak Park estate, burned it down and shot one of the workers. They then kidnapped the owner, Frank Oakes, and headed towards Bigga. They were caught at Grabine Station where one of the gang was killed and Whitton was captured. He was hanged in Goulburn two months later.

* The town's most famous connection with bushrangers occurred on Boxing Day,1864 when a Christmas Ball attracted the bushrangers Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John Dunn, who rode into town accompanied by three local girls. They held up the store of Edward Morriss and robbed it of over £100. They then rounded up the townsfolk and, forcing them to go to the dance, marched them to the Flag Hotel and locked them in. Morriss, who was a retired policeman, escaped at 2.00 a.m. and headed off to alert the police. Hall was so furious he burned down Morriss's store. Morriss was ruined by the fire and, seeking revenge, he abandoned shopkeeping and joined the hunt for Hall and his gang.

* The village was gazetted in 1851. Until the 1870s, when Crookwell became the administrative centre of the district, it was the main town in the area. The district's first post office, government school, courthouse and police station were all set up in Binda.



Visitor Information

There is a useful single sheet brochure: Binda - Historic Administrative Centre available at the Binda General Store.




Elegant accommodation is available nearby at Markdale homestead (tel: 02 4835 3146) owned by the Ashton family since the 1920s. Markdale's impressive gardens were designed by Edna Walling. See for details.


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5 suggestions
  • According to general store owner there is no free camping as advertised in brochures and on websites. A bit confusing.

  • My maternal grandmother, Margaret Shepherd, was born at Binda in 1880. She married William McCombie. They had two children, William (1904) and Thelma (1905). Are there any relatives?

    Paul Penman
  • My 3rd great grandfather Daniel Eldrige died at Mr Morris’ in Binda 1864. Does anyone have any further information?

    Chris Mallett
  • Do you have a list of those who served during WWll?

    Patricia Dewey
  • Would anyone know who the relatives are of Sergeant Arthur Charles Bennett would be at all? My Grandfather, during WW2 was involved in the rescue of some of Arthur’s fellow crew and was awarded the British Empire Medal for his Bravery. I have copies of Newspaper clips and a photo of the crashed Short Stirling of 7 squadron that crashed upon take off near his farm house, should anyone be interested in them?


    402217 Sergeant BENNETT, Arthur Charles


    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/91/135 Commonwealth War Graves records
    W R Chorley : RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Page 182,
    Volume 1941.
    Aircraft Type: Stirling
    Serial number: W 7445
    Radio call sign: MG – V
    Unit: ATTD 7 SQN RAF


    Stirling W7445 took off from RAF Oakington on the night of 15/16th November 1941 at
    10.30pm to bomb Kiel, Germany. Following take off the aircraft crashed almost
    immediately into a house. Glazed ice on the windscreen was a contributory factor in this


    RNZAF Sgt I H Hunter, Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 402217 Sgt A C Bennett, (2nd Pilot)
    RAF Sgt Helliwell,
    RAF Sgt W D Topping, Injured
    RAF Sgt A J Hansell, Injured
    RAF Sgt T Bentham, Injured
    RAF Sgt Hudson

    Sgt Bennett was killed in the crash and he is buried in the Cambridge City Cemetery,
    Cambridgeshire, UK. The Cemetery is known locally as the Newmarket Road Cemetery.
    Sgt Hunter who was injured died on 16/11/1941. He also is buried in the Cambridge City
    The other five crew members (of whom three were injured) survived the crash.

    Cambridge Cemetery.JPG In Memory of

    402217, Royal Australian Air Force
    who died age 28
    on 15 November 1941
    Son of William Hastings Bennett and Hilda Bennett; husband of Gwendoline Robina Bennett, of Binda, New South Wales, Australia.
    Remembered with honour

    Nick Tarr