Positioned on the south-east edge of the Northern Tablelands, Walcha is a peaceful country town with an intersecting river and array of surrounding natural spoils. As well as a bustling shopping district, Walcha is blessed with farmers markets, a thriving cafe culture and buildings dating back to the early 19th century.
Things to do in Walcha
Discover Walcha’s Heritage-listed buildings scattered around town, including the iconic Court House and Post Office on Derby Street. Don’t miss seeing the three churches, all built in the 1800s, and the charming Fenwick House, which now houses a charming cafe under its 19th-century facade.
Gain deeper insight into Walcha’s history at the Pioneer Cottage and Museum, which showcases fascinating relics from the town’s earliest days, along with a Tiger Moth aeroplane. Explore the surrounding grounds to see a stringybark tree trunk carved by Aboriginals and duck into the wool industry hall to find old shearing equipment and photographs.
Get away from it all at the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, home to Heritage-listed rainforest, cascading waterfalls, rivers and over 47 species of native mammals. Alternatively, you can visit Werrikimbe National Park to explore kilometres of immersive hiking and four-wheel driving trails. Take your swimmers for a dip in one of the swimming holes or pack camping gear for an overnight excursion.
Eat your way through Walcha’s renowned dining scene, which is centred around Derby and Fitzroy streets. For some light cafe grazing, head to either Gingers Creek Bush Retreat & Cafe or Cafe Amore Coffee Lounge & Pizzeria. If you’re hankering for something heavier, dine on hearty Australian fare and cold beer at Commercial Hotel or Apsley Arms Hotel.
Getting around Walcha
To reach Walcha, you can fly to Armidale Airport from Sydney and drive about one hour into town. Walcha’s town centre can be explored on foot, but you’ll need a car to venture further afield.