Walgett Visitor Information Centre – 88 Fox St 02 6828 6139
Call into the VIC for a wide range of information and maps on the local and surrounding areas. Souvenirs including local arts and crafts, postcards designed by local artists and photographers, woodwork, local Aboriginal art and opal jewellery.
The Visitor information centre has self-guided tours available. There is also information on all the local attractions such as maps for the “Car Door Tours” in Lightning Ridge, mud maps for the Grawin Opal Fields, bird watching brochures for the Macquarie Marshes, great tips for fishing spots along the Barwon and many more local attractions both in Walgett and the surrounding Shire.
Walgett Artesian Bore Baths – Castlereagh Highway (Fox St)
In 1901 the first bore in Walgett was sunk, starting what has become the single most saving supply of water in the area; the tapping of the artesian basin. Today the bore baths in the region allow locals and visitors to soak away their aches and pains while farmers rely on the free flowing bore heads and the more recently capped and piped bores for supplying water to their large acreage.
Open March to October
Dharriwaa Elders Group Fox St 02 68 28 2619
Dharriwaa Elders Group can provide you with local aboriginal history, artefacts and knowledge.
Walgett Historical Society Fox St 0268 28 1678
The Historical Society is located in the original Walgett Shire Building built in 1913. It features a splendid example of the pressed tin interiors; believed to be the only example left in our area. Walgett means the “meeting of two waters” and the Historical Society has an extensive display of photographs depicting life on the rivers including paddle boat steamers and agriculture.
Frederick York Wolseley invented the first mechanical shearing machine and many other agricultural implements on Euroka Station. The society has a wonderful display of his inventions.
The Society has a vast collection of genealogical information and members can assist with family history research on request.
Walgett Masonic Lodge & Museum Euroka St 02 68 28 1678
Freemasonry commenced in Walgett in 1892. That year within a period of three days, lodges at Narrabri, Coonamble and Walgett were opened of the three lodges only Narrabri is still operating. The Walgett Lodge building was purchased by the Walgett Shire Council when the lodge closed and the regalia and Masonic artefacts were given to the Walgett Historical Society and is maintained as a working Masonic Lodge and Masonic Museum. There are only two Masonic Museums in NSW – Sydney and Walgett.
Alex Trevallion Park – Castlereagh Highway
Aboriginal Welcome Sign & Wolseley stuff
Read about the life and culture of local Gamilaraay people.
Scarred Trees, Barwon Inn Rest Area, Kamilaroi Highway
Located approximately 5km out of town (towards Brewarrina) and about 500m along the Brewon Road to the right along side the Barwon River.The Scarred Trees located in the cages originally grew in the area but were unfortunately removed due to the relocation of the new & current Dangar Bridge in 2003.
Walgett Grain Silo Castlereagh Highway
Largest temporary grain storage facility in the Southern Hemisphere, holding approximately 300,000 tonnes when at full capacity.
Norman “Tracker “ Walford Walkway
The Walford Track is a 1.5 km scenic walk along the Namoi River which includes the historic Pioneer’s Graves located at the beginning of the Norman tracker Walford Walkway were members of the Hoath family one of the earliest pioneering families to arrive and settle in Walgett. They took up the property ‘Wimbledon’ on the Barwon River not far from the present town.
Floods & Levee Bank
The town of Walgett, situated on extensive plains only a couple of kilometres off the junction of the Barwon and Namoi Rivers, has been subject to major flooding by those rivers and their tributaries on various occasions over the years.
The record flood of 1890, which flooded the entire town was the highest recorded when the Barwon reached a peak of 13.84 metres. A brass plate on the old Post Office at the corner of Fox and Wee Waa streets, donates the height of the water in the town at that time. Other major floods followed in 1921 at 13,33 metres and in 1950 at 13.46 metres.
This flooding caused isolation and interruption to many services, supplies and day-to-day living in town. Landholders were also marooned by the floodwaters, so thoughts of constructing a levee bank started to take shape. Designs and surveys took place in the 1950s and by April 1961, tenders were called for the construction.
The successful tenderer’s were Phillips Construction Pty Ltd. Twenty-two weeks later, using scrapers, bulldozers, graders and water carts; The first permanent levee bank in Australia was completed and is 8.2kilometres long.
Bullock Wagon – Apex Park
The Historical Bullock Wagon in the park was the means of transport by which many of the goods and supplies were brought to Walgett in the early days
Railway Viaduct – Apex Park
The railway viaduct carried trains across the two mile Warrambool into the Walgett Railway Station. The structure is considered a masterpiece of its time when it was constructed around 1905-1907 prior to the arrival of the Walgett Railway Station in 1908. It has not been used since the 1970’s when the last passenger train ran.
Throw a line in and try your luck. You may be lucky enough to catch a Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Yabbie, Freshwater Catfish or a Bony Bream. You will almost certainly catch a European Carp!
War Memorial Monument
The War Memorial Monument was built in 1923 to commemorate our service men and women of World War I, it now commemorates service men and women from all wars. The marble soldier was imported from France there is at least one other monument in Australia with the same soldier. A march and service is held beneath this monument each ANZAC day
Walgett Gaol – Gray Park
Distance and the lack of transport ensured that a gaol was needed at Walgett. The Gaol established in the 1880’s once stood in Gray Park, surrounded by high brick walls made at the Walgett Brick Works. The well from which water was drawn for the gaol is fenced in the centre of the park a photo of the gaol stands alongside it.
One of three bore baths located in the Walgett Shire, Burren Junction comes alive with expectant tourists wanting a relaxed, and therapeutic dip in the Hot Artesian Water. The muscular relief and relaxation afforded but the hot pools are doubly enticing because entry is Free. The Baths are open seasonally, and patrons are advised to contact the Walgett Tourist Information Centre for opening/closing dat
Collarenebri is regarded as one of the best inland fishing locations in Australia. The Barwon river at Collarenebri is reknowned for it’s plentiful water supply and fantastic fishing sites. It provides sanctuary and recreation during long hot summers, with kilometres of secluded camping sites.
A well maintained sacred Aboriginal Cemetery just out of town, is unique. Arrange a tour with a knowledgeable local guide.
Visit the Collymongle Station and see the Carved trees, which are a must see item of great significance to the indigenous people of the area.
Many of the buildings in Collarenebri today date back to 1910. As is many other towns of its era, the early streetscapes of Collarenebri were shaped by fire, which frequently destroyed buildings and so heralded rebuilding and change. Wander around the town and imagine what the early days may have been like.
Cutler’s store opened in 1937, a small, family run general store.
Closed in 2009, this store was resurrected in June 2010 by current owners Mark and Isabel Addy. The store has changed considerably since then when it sold mainly groceries, pies and soft drinks together with a small collection of hardware and fishing gear.
Today, according to our customers, we are the home of the best freshly cooked food in town, particularly our home made burgers.
CARINDA & THE MACQUARIE MARSHES
What to do in Carinda
Gateway to the Macquarie Marshes
Located just 1/2 hour drive away from Carinda, The Macquarie Marshes offer an interesting experience of a major wetland, and home to some of the Outback’s most unique wildlife. Many interesting birds have been sighted here.
The Macquarie Marshes cover 200,000 hectares and support a wide range of plants and animals. The Marshes contain extensive areas of common reed, cumbungi, river red gum woodlands, coolibah woodlands and water couch grasslands. The Marshes are recognised as the major colonial waterbird nesting area in Australia and are recognised under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. The reserve is managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the remaining 90% is mainly private land managed for agricultural purposes. The Nature Reserve is mostly surrounded by private land and it is important to respect this when visiting. Visit www.macquariemarshes.com