Darling River Towns
Walgett, NSW, is a town that likes to describe itself as 'The Gateway to the Opal Fields' because it is an ideal place to stay before heading off to the opal mining town of Lightning Ridge (76 km away) and the smaller opal fields at Grawin, Glengarry and Sheep-Yard Flat, all of which are located north-west of Walgett.
Walgett is the start or finish of the river section of Darling River Run which heads downstream to 'Bre and then continues onto the iconic outback town of Bourke, but don't forget to visit the outback icon of Lightning Ridge.
In reality, it is also just a really nice place to stay where the people are friendly and the sense of 'outback' is cleverly merged with the facilities and amenities of a larger town.
The town is located by the Namoi River near its junction with the Barwon River in northern NSW, 696 km northwest of Sydney and is the centre for the surrounding rural area which is based around the production of wool, beef cattle, fat lambs, sheep studs and wheat. Its attractive riverside location also makes it an ideal spot for fishing with Murray Cod and Yellow-Belly being the predominant catches.
Those interested in bird watching can take a trip out to Narran Lake, 96 km west of the town, a worthwhile trip that can be continued onto the Grawin and then to the 'Ridge' on the road less travelled.
Walgett Visitor Information:
- Walgett See & Do:
- Visit the two rivers - Namoi & Barwon
- Burren Junction bore baths
- Narren Lake
- Getting to Walgett (Car):
- From Brisbane: 690km
- From Sydney: 670km
- From Melbourne: 1,120km
- From Adelaide: 1,365km
- Walgett Information Centre:
- 88 Fox Street, Walgett NSW 2832
- Telephone: 02 6828 6139