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Warialda

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

Located on the Fossickers Way touring route, Warialda is a great place for fossicking of sapphires, gold and other gems.

RA3 / MM5

Location

Warialda is located on the Northwest slopes of NSW between the larger centres of Inverell 66 km (50 min drive) and Moree 84 km (60 min drive). It is 600 km (7 hr 20 min drive) from Sydney and 430 km (5 hr drive) from Brisbane.

Warialda is a hub for the surrounding diverse agricultural activities that include summer and winter crops, stock for wool and meat, and newer industries such as aquaculture and olives.

How to get there

The nearest airport is Moree Airport (60 min drive), direct services to Sydney are available with Qantas and flights to Brisbane are available with Fly Corporate.

Warialda is also serviced by NSW TrainLink coach services to Tamworth, connecting with train services to Sydney.

Population

The population of Warialda is more than 1500 people, their median age is 48 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population.

Warialda 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

Warialda Multipurpose Service is 25-bed public hospital. With an emergency department. The service has 15 residential aged care beds and 10 acute care beds. Services provided onsite by Inverell and Tamworth hospitals include X-ray and radiology, pathology and pharmacy. The Gwydir Health Alliance has put together this video Doctors to the Gwydir about working in the area.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Warialda.

Accredited GP practices

  • Warialda Medical Centre

Doctor accommodation

Warialda Medical Centre has accommodation that may be available for registrars, please contact your Rural Support Officer for details.

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Warialda are: local government administration, beef cattle farming, primary education, secondary education and hospitals.
  • Education

  • Childcare

In Warialda there are options for family day care.
  • Shopping

There is an IGA supermarket, Mitre 10, homewares, gifts and clothing stores, cafes and coffee shops located in Warialda. A larger shopping precinct is in Inverell, a 50 min drive from Warialda, with range of supermarkets, discount department stores, hardware and electrical stores as well as specialty and boutique stores.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship located in Warialda include Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian churches. In nearby Inverell (50 min drive) there are additional options for places of worship.
  • Points of interest

Exploring Warialda using the Warialda Soundtrails App is a great way to learn about the town; the app provides stories, legends, sights and sounds to accompany a walking tour. Other local attractions include Cranky Rock Recreation Reserve, Koorilgur Nature Reserve, Ceramic Break Sculpture Park. Annual events include Warialda Show, Polocrosse Carnival, Honey Festival, Warialda Christmas Carnival, Warialda Cup Race Meeting and the bi-annual Quirky Creative & Wellness Festival.
  • Sporting activities

Warialda has a wide range of sporting clubs and teams including fishing, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, netball, swimming and tennis. A good starting point for contact details is the Gwydir Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

There are a range of community organisations in Warialda including Country Women’s Association, Warialda Apex Club, Warialda Lions Club and Warialda Rotary Club. A listing and contact details can be found in the Gwydir Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Warialda. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Warialda, Place of Wild Honey, Warialda Past Present & Future, Warialda buy swap sell, The Warialda Standard and Gwydir Shire Council.