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Project Description

The cool, clear running waters of the high country provide a perfect environment for trout to breed and thrive, enticing anglers from all parts of Australia and overseas to try their luck.

The Walcha Trout Club ensures there is an always oncoming stock of fish by carrying out an annual river stocking program of both Rainbow and Brown Trout.

Wild Eastern Bass fishing in the warmer waters of the gorge country has become very popular, with 4WD access to the Apsley River, via the “Riverside Trail”, about an hour east of Walcha. A permit is required to enter Riverside which is part of the Oxley Wild Rivers NP and World Heritage Listed Macleay Gorges Wilderness area.

You can obtain your Day Entry or Camping Permit from Apsley Motors, the Caltex Service Station in Walcha – Open seven days a week.

Fishing Licences are required in NSW with exemptions for;  those under 18, Commonwealth Pension Card holders & Aboriginal people.

NSW Freshwater Recreational Fishing licences are available online at or from the Walcha Newsagency, 25w Fitzroy St, Walcha (next door to Visitor Information Centre).

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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