Walcha

Heritage walks, farmers markets and thrilling rodeo are just some of the things you’ll find in the picturesque town of Walcha. The southern gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, there’s also plenty of wilderness adventure and scenic drives to enjoy.

Explore the colonial buildings in the town on a self-guided walking tour – pick up a brochure from the Walcha Visitor Information Centre. Keep an eye out for the Open Air Gallery, a collection of 40 outdoor sculptures along the streetscape, created by local, national and international artists.

A couple walking on the pebble driveway, Langford Homestead, Walcha

Check out the events calendar for what’s on. The two-day Walcha Mountain Festival in October is great family fun, with the second day held in the grounds of the Langford Homestead, an Edwardian mansion built in 1903-04. And browse the fresh produce at the monthly Walcha Farmers' Market.

A pastoral wonderland, the Walcha district is home to some of Australia’s finest grazing land for merino wool and prime lamb. The rich soil also supports vineyards and wineries. Places to stay include farm stays, wilderness retreats, pubs, B&Bs, motels, cottages and campgrounds.

Tia River cascading to Tia Falls, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Fishing is popular in streams and the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, where the Oxley and Apsley Gorge Rim walking tracks offer breathtaking views. You might spot brush-tailed rock wallabies among the eucalypts. Try kayaking and rafting for an exhilarating experience on the water.

The Apsley River meanders through Walcha into the national park where it falls over two sheer cliffs into a deep gorge. The Apsley Falls picnic area is a lovely lunch spot. In the New England High Country, Walcha is 50 minutes’ drive from Armidale and 70 minutes from Tamworth.

Two popular motorcycle and car touring routes are between Walcha and Wauchope, on the Oxley Highway, and between Gloucester and Walcha, on Thunderbolts Way. The Oxley Highway trip is about two hours and winds through Cottan-Bimbang National Park, where there’s a remnant convict road. 

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Walcha Agricultural Show

    Friday 22 March 2019 to Saturday 23 March 2019 , Walcha

    Walcha's Annual Agricultural Show highlights the best local products from Walcha and the surrounding districts. Enjoy the sheep shearing and fleece displays; horticulture and local farm produce; the cattle and horse events including…

    22 Mar - 23 Mar
  2. Armidale Markets in the Mall

    Sunday 31 March 2019 to Sunday 26 January 2020 , Armidale

    Armidale Markets in the Mall are held on the last Sunday of each month with 50 plus different stalls making a regular appearance. Stalls include a huge range of quality handmade and handcrafted items, cupcakes, candles, bath and body…

    31 Mar - 26 Jan
  3. The Idea of North

    Thursday 04 April 2019 , Armidale

    If you think you know the limits of what the human voice can create, then hearing and experiencing this astounding group will make you think again. The Idea of North will help you forget there are no instruments with their exceptional…

    04 Apr