Warialda is a friendly small town, with a strong sense of community. It acts as a service hub for the surrounding agricultural sector.
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.
Warialda sits on the crossroads between Inverell, Bingara and Moree in the Northwest Slopes region in the Gwydir Shire and is located 500km north of Sydney, 326km south west of Brisbane and 71km north west of Inverell.
Warialda was also the birthplace of Elizabeth Kenny (1886-1952) who dedicated her life to helping children afflicted with infantile paralysis poliomyelitis by stimulating the paralysed muscles rather than immobilising them.
The nearest regional airport is 50 minutes away in Moree. Qantaslink offers daily return flights from Moree to Sydney.
Warialda is serviced by daily NSW TrainLink coach services (excluding Tuesdays) to Inverell and Tamworth, connecting with train services to Sydney. Additionally, there are three weekly coach services each to Grafton (connecting with XPT train services to and from Brisbane) and Moree on alternating days (excluding Sundays).
The major sources of industry in Warialda are:
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Education and Training
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Retail trade
- Public Administration and Safety
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Warialda Multi-Purpose Centre has twenty five beds (ten acute and fifteen long stay) and is serviced by 24 hour emergency department. It is an integrated health service that includes a community health centre and the hospital is connected with video conferencing to Tamworth Hospital. The Gwydir Health Alliance has put together this video Doctors to the Gwydir about working in the area.
Services available within the hospital include X-ray and radiology (every Tuesday), physiotherapy (every Wednesday), speech pathology (one day per week) and early childhood (two days per week).
Additional services that are available within the hospital include, pathology, respite care, outpatient services, occupational therapy, drug and alcohol clinic, mental health clinic, dietician and diabetic educator, an outreach primary health care nurse and audiology.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Warialda.
Warialda Shire Council may have accommodation available for registrars relocating to Warialda. Please contact your Rural Support Officer for details.
The Warialda region offers a limited number of childcare options.
As a regional small town Warialda features an IGA supermarket, Mitre 10, Spoilt homewares, gifts and clothing store as well as cafes and coffee shops and has a variety of retail outlets where you will everything from stylish boutiques and weekly markets where you can pick up home-made and unusual gifts.
The closest larger shopping precinct is in Inverell, which is a 44 minute drive. Inverell has Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets, Big W, Best and Less, Target Country, Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman. Whether it is cool teenage fashion, elegant women’s fashion or classic men’s clothing, all fashion needs are stylishly catered for.
Places of worship located in Warialda include Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian, churches.
In nearby Inverell, which is a 44 minute drive, there are many more options including Apostolic Church of Inverell, Australian Christian Churches, Baptist, Christian Centre Church, Christian Life Centre, Christian Outreach Centre, Kingdom Hall, and Uniting churches.
Even though Warialda is a small regional town, there are still a number of things to see and do, ranging from sporting and recreation clubs to shopping, art or visiting local heritage building including Warialda Convent, Court House and Carinda House. Carinda House is now an art and craft centre.
There are several places that you may want to experience fossicking for agate, jasper, opalised and petrified wood, and quartz can be found.
Cranky Rock Nature Reserve, which is located 8kms east of Warialda, features a picnic barbecue area with toilet facilities and a suspension bridge to a wildlife sanctuary.
Located 15kms from Warialda on the Bingera Road, is the Ceramic Break Sculpture Park featuring three galleries, the largest boasting a mezzanine with an art library and also a sculpture and bush walk.
Warialda has weekly markets that you may find a variety of home made goods, produce and that usual gift and is home to the Honey Festival and Quirky Creative & Wellness Festival.