Walgett is the northern gateway to the Darling River Run, a journey of enthralling history, wonderful scenery and rolling agricultural lands. Situated near the junction of the Namoi River and Barwon River, this former paddle steamer port, established on the Gemini’s pioneering river trip of 1861, is a great place to stop.
There are many attractions to enjoy in this charming town. Relax at the free Bore Baths, where water springs from the Great Artesian Basin at a naturally heated temperature of 41.5 degrees. This water is estimated to be around two million years old with reputed therapeutic qualities.
Throw a line in where paddle steamers once delivered wool, timber and livestock. The river teems with cod and yellow-belly and is an attractive fishing location. Visit Stone's Throw, a thriving antique shop, gift shop and café, much loved by locals for the coffee and sweet treats.
Between Wee Waa and Walgett, Burren Junction is also known for its artesian bore bath, free for all and flowing for more than a century. Camping is also free and the amenities block offers electricity, pool side showers, barbecue facilities, filtered water and a dump point. Food and other retail outlets are within easy reach at Burren Junction.
This area of the Darling remains potent with a sense of adventure. Just over an hour’s drive north you will find Lightning Ridge, where you can explore opal mines and fossick on red river banks. Around an hour and a half’s drive west will take you to Pilliga National Park, where you can view rugged beauty and important aboriginal sites.
Walgett also lies on the Great Inland Way, which travels 2,600 kilometres from Sydney to Cairns, through inland NSW. This spectacular journey weaves together a rich tapestry of wineries, World Heritage national parks, wildlife wonders and historic towns that sprang to life during the legendary days of the gold rush.