On the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, Walcha is the gateway to the stunning wilderness of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and to the New England Tablelands.
You can view the spectacular Aspley Falls, explore the unique campsites at historic Youdale's Hut on Kunderang Brook, and delve deep into the Aspley River Gorge.
The town itself is being developed as an open-air gallery and a stroll through the streets takes in the singular sculptures and handcraft displays. The Historical Cottage and the Amaroo Museum present a balance of the white heritage and Aboriginal culture.
First settled in the 1820s, the countryside around Walcha is home to many fine merino studs and the fleeces of the sheep are enhanced in the winter when snow often falls in the high country. Fat lambs and fine cattle are grown around here, too, and there’s a big sawmill in town processing the abundant timber from the surrounding forests.
The rivers and streams can often turn up a decent trout, but many are on private grazing properties and you should check in town on how to arrange access.