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Western NSW

Walgett is an outback town with an Aboriginal name that means ‘where two rivers meet’.

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Location

Walgett is approximately 650 kms (8 hr drive) north-west of Sydney. The town is on the banks of the Namoi River close to where it meets the Barwon River.

The town is known for its fertile black soil plains which support farming of cotton and wheat, grazing of cattle and sheep, and wool production.

 

How to get there

The Walgett Aerodrome has three flights per week between Walgett and Dubbo with Airlink. The nearest airport is Dubbo Regional Airport which is approximately 3 hrs drive from Walgett. From Dubbo there are daily flights to Sydney with QantasLink or Regional Express (REX), and regular flights to Broken Hill, Cobar, Bourke, Lightning Ridge ,Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle with REX, FlyPelican, Fly Corporate and Airlink.

A daily TrainLink coach links up with the XPT train service in Dubbo and travels to Lightning Ridge, stopping in Walgett

Population

Walgett is home to more than 2,140 people, the median age of residents is 33 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 43% of the population.

Walgett is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

Walgett Multi Purpose Service is a small public hospital with 28 beds that provides acute services including minor surgical, general medical, aged care, 24-hour emergency and a three-bed high dependency unit.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Walgett.

Accredited GP practices

  • Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service

Doctor accommodation

Accommodation may be available, please contact your Rural Support Officer for more details.

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Walgett are local government administration, other grain growing, primary education, police services and grain-sheep or grain-beef cattle farming.
  • Education

Walgett Community College offers preschool, primary and secondary school. There is one Catholic primary school, St Joseph's Primary School and the Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education is based in Walgett. TAFE Western Walgett College provides vocational and trade courses.
  • Childcare

For young families Walgett has one long day care centre and a preschool.  
  • Shopping

Shopping in Walgett includes an IGA supermarket (currently operating from a makeshift store due to fire), butcher, bakery, hardware store, bank and cafes.
  • Places of worship

In Walgett there are places of worship for Christian denominations including Catholic and Anglican churches. The nearest mosque is in Dubbo, a 3 hr drive from Walgett.
  • Points of interest

Walgett has hot bore baths from springs in the Great Artesian Basin, as well as locations close to town for fishing.  Nearby is Lightning Ridge, a great location for fossicking of opals, and the Pilliga National Park. The Walgett Shire provides a list of Events for the area including the annual Walgett Bulldust to Bitumen Festival, the nearby annual Carinda Races and Carinda David Bowie Tribute Festival.
  • Sporting activities

Walgett has a range of social and sporting clubs. There is junior rugby union, rugby league and cricket. PCYC Walgett offers sporting activities including junior basketball and gymnastics.
  • Community groups and activities

Community and service groups in Walgett include the PCYC, Walgett Show Society, Walgett Aero Club, Walgett Language Group and Walgett Sporting Club.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Walgett. A good place to start are the Facebook pages:  Walgett District News.com, WALGETT Area Notice Board, and Walgett Collerenebri Lightning Ridge Buy Swap Sell.