Scenic Drives

Walcha’s topography, high altitude, and gorge country lends the visitor to some of the most spectacular vistas in NSW.

Walcha has something for everyone in the way of scenic drives and rides;
>  touring routes on sealed roads,
>  an abundance of routes on good gravel roads which are suited to 2WD
>  or for the little more adventurous a myriad of roads accessible only by 4WD.

Touring Routes

Local maps show many loop roads with great views of rolling hills, lush pastures in spring and the vibrant changing colours in autumn. Ask for advice at the Visitor Information Centre or just head east to our world famous Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and see the magnificent Apsley and Tia waterfalls.

There are many loop roads taking in our surrounding villages. Explore the villages of Yarrowitch, Nowendoc, Niangala, Woolbrook, Walcha Road, Wollun and Kentucky, many of which have places where you can stop for a bite to eat.

There is an abundance of good gravel roads that take you slightly off the beaten track and enable access to some magnificent views. Most are suitable to 2WD vehicles. Always drive to the conditions, take care in the wet and avoid after heavy rains.

Take day trips to …

Uralla … taking in the historic Gostwyck Chapel & Deeargee Woolshed, antique shops and craft beer brewery.

Armidale … Australia’s highest city is home to the University of New England, Saumarez Homestead & other historic buildings, New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), and more amazing National Parks and waterfalls.

Nundle … and explore the woollen mill, antique shops and gold mines.

Bendemeer … a quaint village to Walcha’s west.

Tamworth … a thriving metropolis of the north west and laying claim to the country music capital of Australia.

4WD & Motorbike Touring Adventures

There is an myriad of roads and trails through the vast wilderness area taken up by National Parks, State Forests and Conservation Areas. This area drops off the escarpment to the east of the New England tableland, where the climate, altitude and surrounding environment are under constant refinement, and in turn the scenery is forever changing.

There are plenty of campsites for you to use as a base or overnight stop while exploring this awe-inspiring part of the country.

For a great map of the area please download the Walcha Brochure below.


Nundle Forest Way

Knodingbul Road

Enfield Forest Road

Kangaroo Flat Road & Fenwickes Road loop, OR

Kangaroo Flat Road & Hastings Forest Way (4WD) onto Wauchope.

Mummel Forest Drive

Myrtle Scrub Road

Please research your trip carefully as there are a few restricted areas that require a permit for access and don’t allow trailers or motorbikes.

More self drive adventure suggestions can be found in our WALCHA BROCHURE

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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