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Where Wild Rivers Run ... Walcha is situated on the Southern edge of the New England Tablelands and is easily accessible by the Oxley Highway or Thunderbolts Way. The scenic Thunderbolts Way takes visitors between Uralla and Gloucester, a time saving route between Newcastle and the Tablelands.

 

The Oxley Highway is a national highway that follows in the footsteps of one of Australia's best-known early explorers - John Oxley, who was the first European to camp at what is now Walcha in September 1818. European settlers soon followed in the early 1830's, making Walcha one of the earliest towns settled in the New England region. The Oxley Highway is easily accessed travelling west from Port Macquarie, bringing visitors through the coastal plains before climbing up the mountains with magnificent views through rainforest, over valleys and tall timbers. Alternately, turn east off the New England Highway at Bendemeer. 

 

Walcha's National Parks and World Heritage wilderness experiences are not to be missed.  Oxley Wild Rivers National Park offers excellent camping facilities with many recently upgraded camping areas, including clean toilets and firewood for an open fire for those starry nights. Many day use areas now have free gas barbecues, picnic tables and well signposted walking tracks to let the visitor explore the many lookouts that offer spectacular views of Apsley and Tia Falls . Be sure to also visit Budds Mare for magnificent vistas over wilderness. Obtain a permit and key at NPWS or Apsley Motors before your 4 wheel drive expedition heads down to Riverside Camping Area on the Apsley River amidst the Macleay Gorges Wilderness or to historic Youdales Hut nestled deep in the gorge system on the picturesque Kunderang Brook.

 

Werrikimbe and Mummel Gulf National Parks also offer splendid camping at Mooraback and New Country Swamp with beautiful walks through rainforest or tall Eucalypt woodlands. Werrikimbe, Mummel Gulfand Cottan-bimbang National Parks also offer limited opportunities for car based touring, but a four wheel drive is advisable. Walcha's "Open Air Sculptures" have been created by local, national and internationally renowned artists, and are a major attraction for visitors to enjoy whilst stopping in this very picturesque town. Be sure to pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre to walk around and enjoy these major artworks that have inspired people from all over the world to come and stay in Walcha.

 

Fishing season lures anglers from near and far to try their luck to catch the elusive brown and rainbow trout in the many western creeks and rivers that flow from the top of the Great Dividing Range. These rivers are annually stocked with trout and access onto private land is possible with permission from the landholders. Pick up a brochure from the Visitor Centre for more information.

 

Walcha's History goes back to the early eighteen hundreds and unravelling this history is best done at the Pioneer Cottage And Museum.  These ten buildings house early aboriginal artefacts, tools, maps, early Pioneering machinery, the history of the wool industry, and the first tiger moth aeroplane to spread fertiliser in Australia. Be sure to take some time to stop in at one of the best regional museums in Australia.

 

Walcha has numerous fine restaurants with an array of cuisines, comfy B&B's, motels and farm stay accommodation along with a very tranquil caravan park with cabins, van and tent sites. The community is best known for its friendly atmosphere and hospitality and that's why people keep coming back to Walcha to relax and take in the natural and man-made splendours.

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