Adventure around Walgett
Known as the gateway to the opal fields, Walgett has several opal fields located to the north-west of town via the village of Cumborah. The famous “light of the world” opal, weighing almost half a kilo, was found here in 1928. Try your hand at fossicking in the area.
Walgett is in a prime Outback NSW location, on the Namoi River near the junction of the Barwon River. The fertile black soil plains of the region support farming and grazing including wool, cotton, wheat and sheep. Walgett is the gateway to the opal fields of Lightning Ridge, Grawin, Glengarry and Sheepyard.
The late 19th century saw a boom in the wool industry and Walgett served as a port for paddle-steamers working the Murray-Darling river system. Things to do in the area include fishing for Murray cod and yellowbelly in one of the eight rivers in the area and enjoying the experience of life at an outback station.