Located at the southern end of New England High Country, Walcha is the oldest settlement in our region and straddles two of our most picturesque roads; the Oxley Highway and Thunderbolts Way.
The area is known for its wild natural wonders (surrounded by thousands of hectares of World Heritage-listed wilderness), wonderful art (claiming to have the most public art per capita in Australia) and fascinating Indigenous and European heritage.
Read on for 10 ways to explore Walcha.
1. Apsley Falls
A 20-minute drive east of Walcha located within Oxley Wild Rivers National park (all sealed access).
2. Open Air Gallery
Take a walk around the streets and along the river to admire over 55 sculptures by renowned local, national and international artists. Brochure and map available from the Walcha Visitor Information Centre or download here.
3. Dine & Explore
Cafés, pubs, boutique shopping, crafts, art gallery, antiques and collectables.
5. Museum & Pioneer Cottage
Open Saturday & Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm, or by appointment. To book, email email@example.com or phone 0409 897 348.
6. Free Loan-a-bikes
The perfect way to experience the town of Walcha. Bikes are available from the Walcha Visitor Information Centre 7 days/week.
7. Tia Falls
A 30-minute drive east of Walcha (6km unsealed 2WD) located within Oxley Wild Rivers National Park with a 30-minute return walk to the falls.
8. Walcha Sculpture Soundtrail and Apsley Falls Soundtrail
Download the Soundtrails app on your smartphone or tablet and enjoy immersive audio walks with stories and information from artists, elders, scientists and rangers.
9. Nivison’s Lookout
A bushwalk on the southern ridge of town behind Croudace Street offering views over the town and Langford Valley.
10. Langford Homestead
Located 1km south of Walcha on Thunderbolts Way. Tours are available for small groups and individuals by prior arrangement. Cost: $15 per person with a minimum charge of $60 per tour (4 people).
To book, phone Barry & Beverly Marshall on (02) 6778 0395.