West Wyalong

Explore gold rush heritage and enjoy a mineral pool, walking and cycling trails, birdwatching at Lake Cowal and country pubs in West Wyalong and surrounds, in the beautiful Riverina. Main Street in West Wyalong is nicknamed the Crooked Mile – it was built around gold diggings and tree stumps.

The picturesque town is at the crossroads of the Newell and Mid Western highways. Gold was discovered here in 1893. Take the West Wyalong Heritage Walk, a self-guided stroll that includes the Crooked Mile. Stop for refreshments at Thom, Dick and Harry’s, a cafe and florist on Main Street.

Thom, Dick and Harry's cafe on Main Street, West Wyalong

The heritage streetscapes are a mixture of late 18th and early 20th century buildings, featuring vintage shop facades and wrought iron verandahs. You can pick up brochures for the walk and other things to do and see in the area from the West Wyalong Visitor Information Centre at the library.

Discover more of the goldmining heritage of the area in the Wyalong Museum and at the 25-metre True Blue Mining Poppet Head — the structure above a mine shaft — at Cooinda Park, a popular picnic spot. The museum is located in the old court house and open daily between 2pm and 5pm.

Pelicans taking flight at Lake Cowal, near West Wyalong

The Green Corridor Walking Track is a delightful walking and cycling trail between West Wyalong and Wyalong. You’ll find a range of antique shops and art galleries to browse in both West Wyalong and Wyalong, including the Exclusive Hot Glass Gallery’s locally made glass art pieces.

Enjoy scenic drives to the villages of Tallimba, Ungarie, Weethalle, Mirrool and Barmedman, home to the therapeutic Barmedman Mineral Pool. For birdwatching, drive 45 minutes northeast to Lake Cowal, the largest inland lake in NSW and a tranquil habitat for more than 180 bird species.

The district grows most of NSW’s cereal crops. Places to stay in the area range from caravan and camping sites to cottages, hotels and motels. West Wyalong is about 100 minutes’ drive from Wagga Wagga and Griffith, and about six hours from Sydney and 6h 30 min from Melbourne.