Light of the world
Known as the gateway to Outback NSW's opal fields, Walgett has several fields of its own nearby, north-west of town via the village of Cumborah. The famous âlight of the worldâ opal, weighing almost half a kilo, was found here in 1928. Try your hand at fossicking while you're here.
Walgett enjoys a prime Outback NSW location. Situated on the Namoi River near the junction of the Barwon River, the town's fertile black soil plains support farming and grazing of wool, cotton, wheat and sheep. Walgett also serves as the gateway to the opal fields of Lightning Ridge (just 78 km to the north), Grawin, Glengarry and Sheepyard.
The late 19th century saw a boom in the wool industry, and Walgett operated 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 nearby rivers and enjoying the experience of life on an outback station.
Warm hospitality is the key to accommodation in Walgett. Hotels offer swimming pools, dining options and ample parking for caravans, trucks and trailers. Friendly locals can offer information on roads, rewarding fishing spots and life in the outback.
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Opals from Lightning Ridge
Namoi River near Walgett. Image Nick Rains
Opal mining at Lightning Ridge. Image Nick Rains