Located an easy 30-minute drive from Tamworth is the hidden jewel of Bendemeer. The village is surrounded by farmland primarily for sheep and cattle graziers.
Bendemeer is the hometown of Josh Hazelwood, the Australian International tall pace bowler.
Located along the tree lined Macdonald River Bendemeer Park is a popular day trip destination and resting point for people travelling.
The village is serviced by a general store, hotel and bistro. The village accommodation options include a hotel, tourist park and campgrounds.
Bendemeer Park is an ideal location for a family picnic and photography session. Let the kids run to the bridge or play on the swings. If being by the water is of interest, try your luck spotting a platypus, fishing or enjoying a
swim in the Macdonald River.
If you are looking for some heart thumping excitement, grab your boots and head to the Bendemeer Rodeo Ground for the Annual Bendemeer Rodeo & Campdraft.
History and Heritage
A town with a rich history and a dubious bushranger historical connection, as one of the first towns notorious bushranger Thunderbolt struck.
The heritage listed Old Bendemeer Bridge is a rustic ode to engineering techniques of the past. Constructed in 1905, it was in service for 80 years.
No longer accessible by car, the 90-metre structure is a must see at sunrise or sunset.
Enjoy the simplicity and beauty of the surrounds. Take a walk along the river or plant yourself beside it and relax.
Fancy barefoot bowls? The Bendemeer Bowling Club at the Bendemeer Hotel, bring your mates and join the fun.
Art and food
The Bendemeer Art Show is hosted and catered by the Bendemeer Country Women Association.
The Bendemeer Hotel bistro’s home style country meals and relaxing view of the river are well worth a visit. If you are catering for a picnic or just after a coffee, visit the Pioneer General Store.