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Wee Waa

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

Wee Waa is Australia's Cotton Capital, the modern cotton growing industry was introduced to the town in 1960 and rapidly expanded.

A Grouping
RA3 / MM5

Location

Wee Waa is located on the North West slopes of NSW and adjacent to the Namoi River. The town is 565 km (7 hr drive) from Sydney. It is 42 km (35 min drive) north west of Narrabri and 140 km (90 min drive) south of Moree.

Wee Waa gained international attention when French electronic duo Daft Punk held a global launch party for one of their albums in Wee Waa, attracting thousands of fans.

How to get there

The nearest airport is Moree Airport, a 60 min drive from Wee Waa, it offers direct services to Sydney with Qantaslink and flights to Brisbane with Fly Corporate.

NSW TrainLink operates a coach service from Wee Waa to Narrabri that meets up with the train service to Sydney.

Population

The population of Wee Waa is more than 2000 people, their median age Wee Waa is 38 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 17% of the population.

Wee Waa is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compassprovides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Wee Waa Hospital is a 22-bed public hospital with a 24 hr emergency department. The hospital provides acute medical services, palliative care and community health services.

The larger Moree Hospital, is a 90 min drive from Wee Waa, it provides a wider range of services.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Wee Waa.

Accredited GP practices

  • Wee Waa Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Wee Waa are: cotton ginning, grain growing, cotton growing, retail, and primary education.
  • Education

In Wee Waa there are two primary and one secondary school:
  • Childcare

Childcare options in Wee Waa include family day care and preschool services.
  • Shopping

Wee Waa has an IGA supermarket and a range of other retail outlets for clothing, electrical, pharmaceuticals and gifts. The regional centre of Narrabri, a 30 min drive from Wee Waa, is home to a range of national chain stores and a variety of boutique and specialty stores.
  • Places of worship

Place of worship in Wee Waa include Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian churches. Additional options for worship are available in the nearby town of Narrabri.
  • Points of interest

Wee Waa is the oldest settlement on the Namoi River, its history as a judicial and agricultural centre is on display through the local architecture and the local Namoi Echo Museum. Not far from Wee Waa is the CSIRO’s Australia Telescope, the largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, and to the south is the Pilliga Forest, the largest area of native forest west of the Great Dividing Range.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Wee Waa including rugby league, swimming, fishing, golf, soccer and riding. Many clubs have their own websites and social media pages, some groups also have listings in the Narrabri Shire Community Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

In Wee Waa community groups and volunteer organisations include Wee Waa Rotary Club, Wee Waa Lions Club, Wee Waa CWA, Wee Waa Horticulture and Garden Society and Wee Waa Sew N Sews. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Narrabri Shire Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Wee Waa. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Narrabri Shire Council, WeeWaa.com, Wee Waa Community Notice Board, and Wee Waa and Surrounds Buy Swap and Sell.