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Walcha

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

Walcha has something for everyone, it’s a gateway to World Heritage wilderness, offers fine local produce and wine, and boasts the most public art per head of population in Australia.

RA3 / MM5

Location

Walcha is located in close proximity to the two largest regional centres in the New England region: Armidale 66 km (50 min drive) away and Tamworth 91 km (70 min drive).

The Walcha area is a trout fishing mecca with more than 1500 km of streams home to rainbow and brown trout.

How to get there

The closest airport to Walcha, is 45 min to the north in Armidale. Qantaslink and Regional Express Airlines (REX) offer regular flights to Sydney.

NSW Trainlink provides daily return services from Sydney to Walcha Road station, a bus meets the train to take passengers into Walcha.

Population

The population of Walcha is more than 2500 people, their median age is 47 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 6% of the population.

Walcha is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Walcha Multi-Purpose Service is a small public hospital with fewer than 50 beds. It has an emergency department, provides aged care services and community health services.

Armidale Hospital, a 50 min drive from Walcha. It is a 93-bed facility offering a comprehensive range of services. There is also a private hospital in Armidale.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Walcha.

Accredited GP practices

  • Walcha General Practice

Doctor accommodation

There may be accommodation available for registrars, please contact your Rural Support Officer for details.

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Walcha are: beef cattle farming, sheep-beef cattle farming, sheep farming, local government administration and retail.
  • Education

Walcha has two schools: The nearby regional centre of Armidale offers a wide range of primary, secondary and to tertiary education options.
  • Childcare

Walcha offers limited childcare options: a family day care and a pre-school service.
  • Shopping

Walcha has IGA and FoodWorks supermarkets as well as a number of specialty stores including butcher, chemist and fresh produce. The nearby regional centre of Armidale offers a wide range of shopping opportunities including well-known national chains, specialty and boutique stores.
  • Places of worship

In Walcha, places of worship include Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian churches. Armidale offers additional options including a mosque and a Buddhist centre.
  • Points of interest

Walcha has a thriving arts community, the Open Air Gallery of Sculptures and Artworks, and Walcha Gallery of Art are must-sees. In town there are also many cafes, pubs and restaurants to enjoy coffee or a meal. The spectacular national parks near Walcha, including Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, provide a range of camping, bushwalking and fishing opportunities.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Walcha including touch football, tennis, hockey, rugby league, polocrosse, cricket, soccer, cycling, fishing and bowls. Many clubs and teams have their own websites and social media pages.
  • Community groups and activities

In Walcha community groups and volunteer organisations include the Walcha Photography Club, SES Walcha Unit, Walcha Musical Society, Walcha Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Walcha. Many groups have their own websites and social media pages.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Walcha. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Walcha, Walcha News, Walcha Council and Walcha Reflections.