Walcha is a picturesque town on the beautiful New England Tablelands known for its historic buildings and cosy restaurants and cafes.
The population of Walcha is 2,496 of which 50.6% are females and 49.4% are males. The indigenous population is 186 (7.5%) and the median age is 44.
Walcha is located in the Hunter, New England, Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the HNECCPHN.
Walcha is located half way between Sydney and Brisbane on the crossroads of the Oxley Highway and Thunderbolts Way. It is 45 minutes south of Armidale and just over 1 hour east of Tamworth.
The closest airport to Walcha, is 45 minutes to the north in Armidale. Qantaslink and Regional Express Airlines (REX) offer daily return flights to Sydney.
Walcha Road railway station is located on the Main Northern line and has a return daily service to Sydney and back.
The major sources of employment in Walcha are:
- Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing
- Public Administration and Safety
- Education and Training
Walcha Multi-Purpose Service is a small regional hospital with fewer than 50 beds. It has an emergency department, domiciliary care unit, cardiovascular unit, hospice care unit and nursing home care unit.
Armidale Rural Referral Hospital, 45 minutes north of Walcha, has 93 acute care beds, 6 emergency department beds plus 2 resuscitation bays.
Armidale Private Hospital is a 30 bed facility owned by Ramsey Health Care and offers medical and surgical services, all of which are supported by a full range of support services including radiology, pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social worker, aged care assessment, pharmacy and dietetics.
Walcha is serviced by NSW Ambulance service and is also serviced by the Angel 3 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service which is based in Tamworth.
Walcha has one general practice facility.
Walcha offers a pre-school service.
Walcha has IGA and FoodWorks supermarkets and one of the best butchers and fruit & veg stores in the region. It has several banks, a Post Office and a fabulous chemist.
Walcha also hosts weekly markets where you can pick up homemade produce, plants and that rare and unusual gift.
Armidale (45 minutes north of Walcha) features two large shopping precincts and offers most of the well-known national chains including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Big W, Kmart, Target Country, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, Spotlight and numerous other retail outlets.
Located on the northern tablelands of NSW, the naturally artistic formation of the landscape is complimented by the artistic and culturally rich township of Walcha. Abundant with public art, the Open Air Gallery now boasts close to fifty sculptures, making Walcha the most art saturated town in Australia, with a piece of public art for every 60 of its citizens. Contributing artists are local, national, and international, with many of our local artists being internationally renowned.
The shopping precinct offers art galleries, handmade stores and studios, boutique, gift and antique shops and fabulous cafés. The Pioneer Cottage Museum exhibits a great display of artefacts of by-gone eras or take a self-guided tour of our historic buildings.
Oxley Wild Rivers is one of New South Wales’ great national parks and is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the park is one of the most important places in the world for conservation of the rainforest types it contains.