From exhilarating adventure in World Heritage wilderness to great fishing, scenic drives, heritage buildings and captivating art, Walcha is an enticing destination in the splendid New England high country. The Walcha Mountain Festival in October is wonderful celebration for the whole family.
This picturesque town in the beautiful New England high country is the southern gateway to the World Heritage-listed Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. You’ll find many wonderful things to do and see, from wilderness adventure to heritage walks, farmers markets, scenic drives and thrilling rodeo.
Pick up a brochure from the visitor information centre and amble along on the self-guided historic buildings walking tour. Dotted around the town is the marvellous Open Air Gallery - more than 40 outdoor sculptures created by local, national and international artists using mainly local timbers.
A delightful events calendar includes festivals and shows. The two-day Mountain Festival in October is great family fun, with Sunday’s festivities in the pretty grounds of the Langford, a grand Edwardian mansion built in 1903-04. The monthly Walcha Farmers Market showcases delicious local produce.
Billed as the pasture wonderland, the Walcha district is home to some of Australia’s finest grazing land for merino wool and prime lamb. Rich soil supports vineyards and wineries, as well. Places to stay include farm stays, wilderness retreats, classic pubs, B&Bs, motels, cottages and campgrounds.
You can enjoy trail driving in the rugged Geraldine 4WD Recreation Park. Fishing is popular in streams and in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, where the Oxley and the Aspley Gorge Rim walking tracks offer breathtaking views. Kayaking and rafting are also exhilarating experiences.
The Aspley River meanders through Walcha into the national park where it falls over two sheer cliffs into a deep gorge. Aspley Falls picnic area nearby is lovely spot for lunch. Getting to Walcha is easy, with drive south from Armidale less than an hour and northeast from Tamworth about 70 minutes.