Found near the junction of the Namoi River and Barwon River, the Outback NSW town of Walgett is full of history, tranquillity and adventure. A former paddle-steamer port, Walgett is the northern gateway to the Darling River Run, a fascinating journey that takes in stunning landscapes and rich history.
Things to do in Walgett
There is plenty to do in this charming town surrounded by rolling agricultural lands. Relax at the free Walgett Artesian Bore Baths, where water springs from the Great Artesian Basin at a naturally heated temperature of around 42C. This water has reputed therapeutic qualities.
One hour from Walgett, Burren Junction is also known for its free artesian bore baths. There’s free camping on-site, as well as electricity, poolside showers, BBQ facilities, filtered water and a dump point. Burren Junction Bore Baths are currently closed, reopening later in the year.
There’s a strong sense of adventure in this region. Lightning Ridge is just under an hour’s drive north, where you can explore opal mines and fossick on red river banks. Drive 3hr 10min east from Walgett and you’ll stumble upon Pilliga National Park, home to rugged beauty and important Aboriginal sites.
Walgett is also a stop on the Great Inland Way, a tourist route that travels 2,956 kilometres from Sydney to Cairns, through inland NSW. This spectacular journey weaves together a rich tapestry of wineries, World Heritage national parks and historic towns that sprang to life during the days of the gold rush.
Eat and drink in Walgett
Call into Stone's Throw, a gorgeous café-come-gift shop, much loved by locals for its coffee and sweet treats. Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club offers a unique experience where you can call in and have a chat with the local Opal miners, as well as serving cool drinks and hot meals.
Getting to Walgett
It takes about 8 hours to drive to Walgett from Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. Alternatively, you can fly to Moree, which is 2.5 hours’ drive away. 4WD cars are recommended for unsealed roads and many of the national parks. There are a number of places to stay, from motels to camp grounds.