Walcha is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, where the productive farmland of New England meets its stunning gorges and wild rivers.
Close to 50 sculptures are dotted around this tiny country town, contributed by local, national and international artists. They add visual interest to the already very pretty streets and riverside walking track lined with European trees. Featuring a diverse range from a giant throne to a humpback whale, seeing them all is like a treasure hunt for adults.
2. Walcha Handmade
Walcha Handmade is a cooperative retail space selling the handmade wares of local artisans and crafts folk. From jewellery to clothing and homewares, you’ll find yourself a charming souvenir or a perfect gift and be supporting local makers at the same time. Walcha Handmade has a craft corner for kids and runs workshops and classes for adults.
Walcha is a farming town, and as a visitor you can get an authentic, hands-on experience of life on a working property at Cheyenne Wilderness Retreat. Located 40 minutes from the centre of town on the precipice of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, it’s a stunning location where kids big and small can help with the farm duties and learn about the property’s sustainable production processes, or simply relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of life on the land.
4. Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
While the name speaks otherwise, the real star of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is the maze of dramatic gorges and vertigo-inspiring cliffs. Of course, these are formed by the rivers that flow steadily (and after rain, wildly) far below. Walcha is the southern gateway to the park and offers access at the Macleay Gorge Wilderness Area.
5. Walcha Gallery of Art
A sophisticated regional art gallery, the Walcha Gallery of Art displays the works of local and non-local artists Walcha Gallery of Art is a space in the heart of Walcha that showcases a collection of work by local and non-local artists. On display you will find oils on canvas and paper, charcoals, sculpture, ceramics, porcelains and jewellery.