Experience the lovely town of Walcha, in New England High Country. Autumn is a particularly beautiful time to visit with the trees providing a stunning display of vibrant colour.
Located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, at the cross roads of Thunderbolts Way and the Oxley Highway, you will be impressed by the breathtaking natural wonders, art culture, good food and boutique shopping in this welcoming and charming country town.
Relax, unwind and reinvigorate the senses in the New England Tablelands oldest town and settlement. A pasture wonderland, where you can enjoy beautiful scenic drives, crisp clean mountain air and World Heritage listed National Parks with waterfalls, beautiful bushwalks and magnificent vistas. Walcha is surrounded by the most stunning scenery, unique to the high-altitude tableland on top of the Great Dividing Range.
Walcha is a must visit for the art lover and enthusiast, with a renowned Open Air Gallery (OAG) of sculptures and artworks. The OAG forms part of the beautiful streetscape – a free, permanent and ever-growing exhibition of over 58 works by local, national and international artists.
Take a self-guided tour of Walcha’s historic buildings. Pick up a brochure from the friendly staff and volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre, where you will find great information on Walcha and surrounding areas as well as free loan-a-bikes for hire. Step back in time and visit the Pioneer Cottage and Museum, with a fabulous display of artifacts from a bygone era.
Take a browse through our wonderful crafts, seconds and collectables shops. Where you are sure to find a treasure or two to take home.
Walcha has a great range of cafes, pubs and restaurants to whet your appetite. Unwind in comfort by staying in one of Walcha’s many accommodation options, ranging from charming self- contained cottages, B&Bs and farmstays to motels, hotels and caravan park – Walcha has it all.
The magnificent national parks and World Heritage listed areas offer breathtaking scenery and bushwalks. The awe-inspiring and easily accessible Apsley Falls (only 19km east of the township) and Tia Falls are on Walcha’s doorstep, and two of the must-see waterfalls in the New England region. They are both located in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, the sixth largest wilderness area in NSW and part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
The streams in the Walcha district also offer some of the best fishing waters in Australia. The cool, clear running waters of the highlands provide the perfect environment for trout to thrive or head to the warmer waters in the gorge country for the exciting challenge of striking an Eastern Bass.
Local events range from the monthly Farmers Market to the annual Rodeo, Campdrafts, Walcha Races, Walcha Agricultural Show (which is touted as one of the best in the region) and the Walcha Motorcycle Rally; a grassroots event for all motorcycle enthusiasts.
For more information visit www.walchansw.com.au or contact the Walcha Visitor information Centre on 02-6774 2460
Drop in and visit us – we’d love to see you!