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 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.
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.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Walcha.
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.