Walcha

Population 1625

Walcha (pronounced 'Wolka') is an attractive service town to the local farming regions on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Modern sculptures are featured throughout the town and the beautiful Apsley Falls are a must-see for visitors.

Visitor Information

51w Fitzroy St; (02) 6774 2460

www.walchansw.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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  • Werrikimbe National Park

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  • Warrabah National Park

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  • Tamworth

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In Town

Amaroo Museum and Cultural Centre This unique centre features Aboriginal art and craft with the artists working on-site; visitors are invited to watch them at work. The artists use traditional designs combined with contemporary flair to make original clothing, homewares, gifts, jewellery and art. Also on display is a collection of local Aboriginal artefacts. Open Mon–Fri; Derby St; (02) 6777 1111.

Open-Air Sculptures Situated throughout town, the works include street furniture created by local, national and international artisans; brochure from visitor centre.

Pioneer Cottage and Museum: includes a blacksmith's shop and the 1st Tiger Moth used for crop dusting in Australia; Derby St.

Nearby

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park This national park encompasses a high plateau, deep gorges and numerous waterfalls. The Walcha section of the park features Apsley Falls (20 km E), where 7 platforms and a bridge provide access to both sides of the gorge and waterfall. Tia Falls (35 km E) has beautiful rainforest scenery. Campsites at Riverside and Youdales Hut are accessible by 4WD.

Trout fishing: several good locations; brochure from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum 53 km

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum, a dozen blocks from the centre of town, has thousands of native plants, walking tracks, picnic shelters and aquatic gardens with a waterfall.... Find out more


Birdwatching - Port Macquarie to Lismore 85 km

There are a couple of top birdwatching spots in the New England area. One of the most spectacular is an all-weather bird hide among masses of waterbirds at Quipolly Dam, about 18 kilometres north-east of Quirindi. Mother... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Cafe Graze

For great food and coffee in the heart of Walcha on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, visit Cafe Graze, popular for its excellent fare and friendly service. Light meals include vegetarian lasagne, pot pies,... Find out more


Walcha Road Hotel Restaurant

The hotel is about 19 kilometres from the township of Walcha, on the Oxley Highway towards Tamworth. It’s an excellent place to stop at if you’re interested in some travel advice from the locals – and... Find out more


Campsites around town

Apsley Falls camping area 18 km

Follow the Oxley Hwy 19 km east of Walcha and you’ll find this camping ground, a short walk from the Apsley picnic area and 2 tracks: the easy Apsley Gorge Rim Walk (1 km, 30 min) and Oxley Walk (1 km, 45 min).... Find out more


Tia Falls camping area 31 km

To reach this camping ground, follow the Oxley Hwy from Walcha; the turn-off is 19 km past the Apsley turn-off. There are 2 walks fanning out from here: the easy Tia Falls (1.5 km, 45 min) and moderate Tiara (5 km, 3... Find out more


Budds Mare camping area 36 km

The view of Apsley River at Budds Mare is one of the highlights of the national park; to get here, follow Moona Plains Rd off the Oxley Hwy. There’s a difficult 7 km walking track from the picnic shelter to the... Find out more


Dangars Gorge camping area 37 km

Located in the north-east of the park and accessed via Dangarsleigh, this popular 10-site spot delivers impressive views of the gorge; after rain, the falls are charged with water, and in springtime wildflowers carpet... Find out more


Riverside camping area 40 km

Riverside campground is only accessible by 4WD – to get here, you’ll first need to get a key and permit from the parks office or Apsley Motors in Walcha, then head for Moona Plains Rd. It’s a short walk... Find out more


Rocky River Fossicking Area camping area 42 km

Get into the spirit of the goldmining era – Rocky River Fossicking Area, 6 km to the west of Uralla, was the site of a major goldrush in the 1850s. Pop into the visitor centre for some equipment, then set up a tent... Find out more


Cockburn River campsite 43 km

This pleasant, grassy, treed area makes a relaxing place to camp, swim and fish. The river’s a bit chilly in winter, but very refreshing in hot weather. It’s about 30 km north-east of Tamworth and 11 km east... Find out more


New Country Swamp camping area 47 km

A picturesque grassy area on Mummel Forest Rd (Enfield Rd), near a short and easy track to the edge of breathtaking Mummel Gulf. This is a good place for nature photography and birdwatching. Bring your own drinking water... Find out more


Long Point camping area 48 km

Set amid forest in the north of the park, this camping ground is accessible via the old goldmining town of Hillgrove from Waterfall Way. The easy Cassinia Walk (1.5 km, 45 min) and medium Chandler View Circuit Walk (6... Find out more


Woolomin Reserve 55 km

This is a spacious, grassy, treed area next to Peel River at Woolomin village, 21 km north of Nundle and 37 km south-east of Tamworth. There’s a general store close by where you can pay for a powered site;... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Country Road Caravan Park 38 km

A popular stopover on the New England Highway, this park has good facilities and is an ideal base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Uralla Caravan Park 39 km

Located one block from the New England Highway and within easy walking distance of the town, this is a clean and tidy park suitable for short or longer visits.... Find out more


Kootingal Kourt Caravan Park 51 km

Conveniently located alongside the New England Highway, this tidy park is ideal for an overnight stop. It is also a good base for those attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival during January, when a booking is... Find out more


Armidale Tourist Park 52 km

A lovely spot with shady trees and wide expanses of lawn, this park is only 3 km from the town centre. There are two kennel areas where guests can leave their dogs while enjoying the local attractions or catching up on... Find out more


Austin Tourist Park 62 km

This large park just 4 km from the town centre offers a range of facilities. A minimum period of 14 days applies during the country music festival. Bookings are also required at other peak times. Small dogs only are... Find out more


Paradise Tourist Park 64 km

The park is within walking distance from the centre of Tamworth and is extremely popular during the country music festival. Bookings are required at peak times, however bookings are not accepted during the month of... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Anglea House B&B

A little self-contained B&B attached to a 19th‑century home hugged by tranquil gardens, Anglea House offers guests a truly relaxing and comfy escape, a stone’s throw from the heart of Walcha. Visits to Walcha... Find out more


Arran Eco-Farmstay

Named after the Scottish island as a homage to fresh mountain air and country living, Arran Eco-farmstay is a European-influenced working vineyard offering comfortable accommodation in spectacular surroundings. Three... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Walcha East rest area 5 km

159km NW of Wauchope (R) or 5km SE of Walcha (L)

Just off the highway near a few trees.


Apsley Falls camping area 18 km

T/O 145km NW of Wauchope (R) or 19km SE of Walcha (L)

Secluded in the forest 1km north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.


Stoney Creek rest area 20 km

141km NW of Wauchope (L) or 23km SE of Walcha (R)

Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the creek.


Woolbrook rest area 28 km

At Woolbrook

Grassed area 1km off the highway on the riverbank.


Tia River rest area 32 km

128km NW of Wauchope (L) or 36km SE of Walcha (R)

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.


Kyabra rest area 33 km

72km N of Tamworth (L) or 39km S of Armidale (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.


Tia Falls camping area 33 km

T/O 129km NW of Wauchope (R) or 35km SE of Walcha (L)

Secluded in the scrub 6km (unsealed) north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.


Thunderbolts Rock park area 34 km

82km N of Tamworth (R) or 29km S of Armidale (L)

Just off the highway behind the rock.


Bendemeer park area 43 km

At Bendemeer

At the memorial park via the street into town. 


Bowling Alley Point camping area 60 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the reservoir 14km north of Nundle via Tamworth–Nundle Rd.


Ponderosa Park camping area 62 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

In the forest 17km (partly unsealed) east of Nundle via Hanging Rock Rd.


Tamworth park area 63 km

At Tamworth

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.


Swamp Creek camping area 66 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the creek bank 4km (partly unsealed) north of Nundle via Jenkins St and River Rd.


Sheba Dams camping area 68 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the dam 11km east of Nundle via Nundle–Barry Rd.


Stockyard Creek rest area 69 km

81km W of Wauchope (L) or 83km SE of Walcha (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by dense forest.


Airport rest area 72 km

9km W of Tamworth (R) or 70km E of Gunnedah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the airport.


Teamsters Rest camping area 81 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

Secluded area on the bank of a creek 14km (partly unsealed) south of Nundle via Crawney Rd.


Wallabadah rest area 95 km

At Wallabadah

On the banks of Quirindi Creek behind the memorial gardens at the north end of town. 


Ellenborough Reserve camping area 97 km

At Ellenborough

Among trees on a riverbank 1km north of the highway.


What's on around town

Bushmans Carnival and Campdraft: Jan.

Timber Expo: May.

Garden Festival: Nov.

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