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.
There are many things 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.
Throw a line in where paddle-steamers once delivered wool, timber and livestock. The river is a prized fishing location, home to cod and yellowbelly. Call into Stone's Throw, a gorgeous café-come-gift shop, much loved by locals for its coffee and sweet treats.
One hour from Walgett, Burren Junction is also known for its free artesian bore baths. There’s also free camping on-site, as well as electricity, poolside showers, BBQ facilities, filtered water and a dump point. You can find food and retail outlets nearby in the town centre of Burren Junction.
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.