Mingoola is a small yet vibrant town in New South Wales, located near the Queensland border, surrounded by natural attractions, wineries and agricultural landscapes.
Located 57km west of Tenterfield, Mingoola was once a major tobacco growing area with many relics of this era still visible on properties today. The industry transformed the town into the cultural melting pot it is today, as Maltese, Italian and Spanish immigrants moved to the area to share-farm tobacco, and provide seasonal labour for the crop. Many of these immigrant families later bought their own farms and settled permanently in the area.
In more recent years, it has become a wine producing area and is home to two wineries, Zappa Wines Dumaresq Valley Vineyard and Reedy Creek Wines, both offering cellar door wine tastings.
Sundown National Park is 12km from Mingoola, where visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain bike, cycling and 4WD trails, or take to the water at Severn River or The Broadwater and explore by kayak or canoe. Visit Nundubbermere Falls, admire the views from Rats Castle, Red Rock Gorge Lookout, or the western circuit ridge, and explore the relics and abandoned mines from the 1870s mining boom. Camping is available at Burrows Waterhole, Nundubbermere Falls, Red Rock Gorge, The Broadwater or Reedy Waterhole.
Glenlyon Dam is 16km from Mingoola and is a popular water sports location, with a tourist park for those wishing to stay overnight. It is also a great fishing spot, with Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Silver Perch, Spangled Perch and Eel-tailed Catfish, all calling the dam home.