Barnawartha or ‘Barny’ is a small township located where the valley meets the plains at Indigo Creek on Dhudhuroa land. The town’s name is an Aboriginal word variously recorded as meaning tall rushes or parting of the storms.
Barnawartha Hall is the grand old dame of the town, opened in 1921 and described at the time as “a most commodious and imposing structure” on an “admiral site”.
The land was given for free and the building erected entirely by voluntary subscription. It remains fiercely community owned and operated.
Barny nestles amongst the heritage gold rush towns of Chiltern, Yackandandah, and Beechworth and the celebrated wine regions of Rutherglen and the King Valley. The major regional hubs of Albury-Wodonga are a short 10 minute drive along the Hume Freeway.
Festival of Small Halls rolls into Barny on Saturday, 6 April with award-winning Canadian trio The Once, and Australia’s John Flanagan