Upper Bingara was the biggest of the two settlements that occurred in the district after the discovery of gold in the 1850s. It developed more quickly than Bingara, but also faded quickly when the rich gold yields diminished in the 1870s. Bingara then became the preferred site for a town.
Upper Bingara once thrived, with shops, two hotels, a dance hall, a racecourse, gold mines and processing plants. It is hard to believe that what remains is little more than numbered triangles marking the sites on the side of the road, which pay testimony to its industrious past.