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Home to Dunghutti/Dunggadi Tribe for 6,000 years


European discovery by explorer John Oxley, 1818

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Oldest town and first settlement on the New England Tablelands

Nat Buchanan buried at Walcha, was the first man to drove cattle across Australia’s top end.

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In 1950 Walcha Road Train Station became the busiest non-metropolitan freight terminal in NSW. This was due to the aerial spreading of superphosphate, an Australian first, which saw stock carrying capacities treble in the area.

In 2014, Walcha became home to the worlds finest ‘paddock grown’ bale of wool, at 11.6 microns.


Walcha’s Open Air Gallery boasts the most public art per head of population in Australia


Esther Stace

World record for highest jump riding sidesaddle, clearing 6’6”

Tie the Knot

Racehorse; 1994-2012 - won 13 group 1 races, second only to Kingston Town (14) on the all time list

Casey Stoner

Moto GP World Champion

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park has over 1,100 recorded plant species, more than any other National Park in NSW.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Walcha region and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders – past, present and emerging – of the Dunghutti nation, and acknowledge the important role Indigenous Peoples continue to play within our community.

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