Where: Walgett, NSW
When: March – October
Stay: 1-3 days
Image: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Things to do in Walgett:
Sometimes an adventure is just as good when you take it slow! Walgett is great for that, thanks to the Artesian Bore Baths and meandering outback touring to be found around town. Heated to 42 degrees all year round, the Artesian Baths are an absolute highlight of Walgett, and they’re free! There are markets on the weekends down at Apex Park, guided tours of the area including the historic Namoi River. Dharriwaa Elders Group can provide you with local aboriginal history, artifacts and knowledge.
The Dharriwaa Elders Group have also developed a tour of Walgett including all the places the Group would like to share with you.
Just down the Barwon River is the great little town of Brewarrina to visit. Did you know the heritage-listed Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps are the oldest manmade structures in the world? Brewarrina or ‘Bree’ as the locals call it is an absolute treasure trove of Aboriginal heritage dating back to waaaaaaay BC. The Barwon River is central to it all, and that’s where you will find the Brewarrina Visitor Centre – staffed by local legends who love nothing more than sharing the regions past with those who stop by. You’ll be glad you did!
Where to eat in Walgett:
In Walgett itself, don’t miss out on a coffee at Stone’s Throw Café. They seriously do the best coffee in the region, and despite not being in the heart of Sydney – their smashed avo is world class. For dinner, a suggestion is to head to the Walgett Sporting Club, the bistro there produces some wonderful meal options, guaranteed you will not be hungry afterwards. If you’re down the road in Bre – the ladies do an excellent job at Muddy Waters. Their ‘works burger’ is an all-day affair, so skip breakfast (and maybe dinner too!)
Where to stay in Walgett:
Walgett has several accommodation and motel options in town, the Walgett and Coolabah Motels to name a couple. Just ask our General Manager Ron: if you’re out Brewarrina way, you have to stay at Beds on the Barwon. 15 mins out of Brewarrina, this group of cabins is right on the river and one of the best kept secrets in NSW. Peaceful. Interesting. Great food. 5 Star accommodation. Lovely owners. We’re all huge fans of the place (as you can probably tell!)
For accommodation with similar vibes closer to Walgett – Check out the Barwon Inn. It is only 7k’s from Walgett, and boasts the quietest accommodation in Walgett, along with bistro and evening meals most nights of the week. It’s set among 138 acres of bushland, and has been operating for the last 30 years!
How to get there:
Air Link flies to and from Walgett every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday as part of our scheduled services from Dubbo Airport. Connecting flights from Sydney are operated by Regional Express Airlines. Flights from Brisbane, Essendon and Newcastle are available but will need an overnight stay in Dubbo. Alternatively, Air Link can provide air charter options for those travelers wishing to set their own schedule.