Population 1734

Walgett is the service centre to a large pastoral region. The name Walgett, which means 'the meeting of two waters', is apt, as the town is at the junction of the Barwon and Namoi rivers. The rivers provide excellent Murray cod and yellow-belly fishing. The area is rich in Aboriginal history, and archaeological digs in the shire have demonstrated that human life existed here up to 40 000 years ago.

Visitor Information

88 Fox St; (02) 6828 6139


Nearby national parks

  • Warrumbungle National Park

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  • Brewarrina

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In Town

Norman 'Tracker' Walford Track: signposted 1.5 km scenic walk includes the first European settler's grave on the banks of the Namoi River; from levee bank at end of Warrena St.

Dharriwaa Elders Group: Aboriginal arts and craft with local work including paintings, carved emu eggs and wooden items; Fox St.

Hot artesian springs: relaxing and therapeutic baths at swimming pool; Montekeila St.


Come-by-Chance This town 'came by chance' to William Colless when all of the land in the area was thought to be allocated, but it was discovered that some had been missed. Colless came to own most of the buildings, including the police station, post office, hotel, blacksmith shop and cemetery. It is now an attractive and quiet town with riverside picnic spots, bushwalks and abundant wildlife. There are picnic races in Sept. 65 km SE.

Grawin, Glengarry and Sheepyard opal fields: go fossicking, but be warned that water is scarce so an adequate supply should be carried. Brochure from visitor centre; 70 km NW.

Macquarie Marshes: 100 km SW; see Nyngan.

Campsites around town

Artesian Bore Baths Reserve 84 km

If you’re on Pilliga Rd between Walgett and Narrabri and feel like washing off the outback dust, pop in to Burren Junction, 48 km west of Wee Waa. You can put up a tent or book a cabin – and plunge into the... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Caloola B&B

Caloola is a traditional outback working sheep and cattle farm offering lovely B&B accommodation. There are two queen-sized rooms, a bunk room and a separate self-contained cottage – the Gumnut Flat –... Find out more

Nolans on the Barwon

Tucked up on the banks of the Barwon River and surrounded by 55 hectares of bushland, Nolans offers motel suites for a relaxing break. There are also camping and caravan sites available. A licensed restaurant serves... Find out more

What's on around town

Campdraft and rodeo: Aug.

Bulldust to Bitumen Festival: Sept.

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