Walcha is located half way between Sydney and Brisbane in the beautiful Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales. The area is well-known as the place where wild rivers run, located at the gateway of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. First founded by European explorer James Oxley in 1818, Walcha is the oldest town and first settlement on the New England Tablelands and holds a rich heritage that is showcased in the town's colonial buildings, museums and art galleries.
The Walcha district is also home to some of Australia's finest pastoral grounds for merino wool and prime lamb. In 2014, the town became home to the world's finest 'paddock grown' bale of wool. This world class grazing land is also home to a wide array of vineyards and wineries. With a population of just over 3,000 in the Walcha Shire, the small rural town offers all of the modern conveniences of a city, with plenty of country charm and adventure.
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Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is a part of the Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage Area and offers 165,000 hectares of incredible waterfalls, dry rainforest, historic sites, scenic rivers and wildlife. Visit Wollomombi the highest waterfall in New South Wales, view the amazing scenery at Budds Mare Lookout or walk the Apsley Gorge Rim one of Australia's largest gorge systems. Keen hikers can also walk the Green Gully Track, a multi-day hike that allows visitors to take in the incredible landscapes and stay in heritage listed stockman's huts or the luxurious East Kunderang Homestead. One of Australia's great National Parks, Oxley Wild Rivers has something for everybody, from fishing to hiking to horse riding, visit for the day or for the weekend and
immerse yourself in the scenery of the park has to offer.
Historic Buildings Walking Tour
Take a nice walk around the picturesque town of Walcha and view the historic buildings of New Englands oldest township. See a mix of basalt stone churches, locally made sandstone brick, weatherboard and slab constructions and take notice of the impressive public buildings like the Post Office and Court House. You can also view the John Oxley Cairn in Derby Street to commerate the European Settler of the town.
Download the Walking Tour of Historic Buildings brochure from the Walcha NSW website or visit the Walcha Visitor's Centre to pick one up.
The Langford House, located just 1 kilometre away from Walcha, is a grand mansion constructed by William Fletcher in 1903. The Edwardian Mansion is made from locally produced red brick and features some 22 rooms and a five story central tower that offers amazing views of the entrance way and extensive gardens.
The owners of Langford House offer guided one hour tours by prior arrangement only.