Walgett

WALGETT

Walgett Visitor Information Centre – 88 Fox St  02 6828 6139 or email tourism@walgett.nsw.gov.au

Call into the VIC for a wide range of information and maps on the local and surrounding areas. Souvenirs including local arts and crafts, postcards designed by local artists and photographers, woodwork, local Aboriginal art and opal jewellery.

The Visitor information centre has self guided tours available. There is also information on all the local attractions such as maps for the “Car Door Tours” in Lightning Ridge, mud maps for the Grawin Opal Fields, bird watching brochures for the Macquarie Marshes, great tips for fishing spots along the Barwon and many more local attractions both in Walgett and the surrounding Shire.

1.Walgett Artesian Bore Baths – Castlereagh Highway (Fox St)

In 1901 the first bore in Walgett was sunk, starting what has become the single most saving supply of water in the area; the tapping of the artesian basin. Today the bore baths in the region allow locals and visitors to soak away their aches and pains while farmers rely on the free flowing bore heads and the more recently capped and piped bores for supplying water to their large acreage. Open March to October

2.Walgett Court House. Fox St

Walgett Courthouse was designed by Colonial Architect James Barnet and constructed in 1880 at a cost of £3600. The builder was Daniel Edwards.

A Court of Petty Sessions was established in Walgett in 1860 when the Police Magistrate from Wee Waa was instructed by the Colonial Secretary to make periodic visits to Walgett for that purpose. In September 1861 the Public Works Office assigned £400 for the erection of a court and watch house at Walgett which was completed in 1864. This building was soon inadequate both in size and construction and plans for a new courthouse were underway by 1874. By 1876, 25,000 bricks had been made for the new courthouse by Mr Dowell at a local kiln. The foundation stone was laid in mid 1877, however work came to a standstill for two years due to government inactivity, disputes with the contactor and inclement weather. In 1878, new tenders were called but no builder engaged. A public meeting was called by the Police Magistrate and a letter written to the Government complaining about the situation. New building plans were prepared by Colonial Architect James Barnet and the Walgett Courthouse was finally completed in late 1880.

From November 1878, Courts of Quarter Sessions were held in Walgett and with no suitable building, they were initially held in the local hall. One of the barristers on the circuit was Edmund Barton, who would later become Australia’s first Prime Minister.

In 1978, the Department of Public Works commenced major restoration works both to the internal and external fabric of the building. The adjoining residence was demolished and replaced by a new amenities building. The courthouse was officially re-opened on 12 February 1979 by the Honourable FJ Walker, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. The building remains the most outstanding nineteenth century building in Walgett.

Source; Office of Environment & Heritage.

3. Original Council Chambers

Walgett was declared a Shire in 1908. The very first Council Chamber building was built in 1913 and this was the official Chambers of the Walgett Shire. Plans of the building can be seen hanging in the foyer. The Chambers are currently used by the Walgett Historical Society, where there are wonderful displays of the floods, paddle steamers and most significantly Frederick York Wolseley’s mechanical sheep shearing machinery and a shearing shed set up with various items including wool presses, hand pieces and shearing stands.

4.Walgett Historical Society Fox St  0268 28 1678

The Historical Society is located in the original Walgett Shire Building built in 1913. It features a splendid example of the pressed tin interiors; believed to be the only example left in our area. Walgett means the “meeting of two waters” and the Historical Society has an extensive display of photographs depicting life on the rivers including paddle boat steamers and agriculture. Frederick York Wolseley invented the first mechanical shearing machine and many other agricultural implements on Euroka Station.                                                                                                     The society has a wonderful display of his inventions.The Society has a vast collection of genealogical information and members can assist with family history research on request.
Open by Appointment: For more information or top contact the Walgett Historical Society CLICK HERE

5. Walgett Big Sky Library 88 Fox Street, Walgett

“Big Sky Library” is a partnership between Moree, Walgett and Brewarrina Shire Councils. Big Sky Libraries offer FREE Wifi, Computer access, Online Resources and inter-library loans and drop off options. Located right next door to the Walgett Visitor Information Centre take a browse at the free books set out for travellers or exchange some for the next visitor.

6. Grey Park Euroka St (located behind the Council Administration building)

Site of the Old Walgett Gaol. Distance and the lack of transport ensured that a gaol was needed at Walgett. The Gaol established in the 1880’s once stood in Gray Park, surrounded by high brick walls made at the Walgett Brick Works. The well from which water was drawn for the gaol is fenced in the centre of the park a photo of the gaol stands alongside it.

The park also provides toilet facilities, kids play ground, BBQ facilities, eating areas and NSW Train Link bus stop.

7. Barwon & Namoi River Confluence

The Aboriginal meaning of “Walgett” is “meeting of two waters” as the town is located by the junction of the Namoi and Barwon Rivers.

9. Dharriwaa Elders Group Fox St  02 68 28 2619

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. Dharriwaa Elders Walgett Tour There is some wonderful history and information to be gleaned along the way. For more information CLICK HERE   or visit their facebook page: Dharriwaa Elders Group

10.Walgett Masonic Lodge & Museum Euroka St    02 68 28 1678

Freemasonry commenced in Walgett in 1892. That year within a period of three days, lodges at Narrabri, Coonamble and Walgett were opened of the three lodges only Narrabri is still operating. The Walgett Lodge building was purchased by the Walgett Shire Council when the lodge closed and the regalia and Masonic artefacts were given to the Walgett Historical Society and is maintained as a working Masonic Lodge and Masonic Museum. There are only two Masonic Museums in NSW – Sydney and Walgett.

11. Alex Trevallion Park – Castlereagh Highway

Aboriginal Welcome Sign & Wolseley Information

Read about the life and culture of local Gamilaraay people.

Scoops

Scarred Trees, Barwon Inn Rest Area, Kamilaroi Highway

Located approximately 5km out of town (towards Brewarrina)  and  about 500m along the Brewon Road to the right along side the Barwon River.The Scarred Trees located in the cages originally grew in the area but were unfortunately removed  due to the relocation of the new & current Dangar Bridge in 2003.

NBD Beacon  Euroka Street

Walgett hosts the beacon making it an essential point of navigation for international flights entering or leaving Australia via northern routes

Walgett Grain Silo Castlereagh Highway

Walgett is famous for the biggest temporary wheat storage silo in the southern hemisphere which are located approximately 3km out of town on the Kamilaroi Highway. Largest temporary grain storage facility in the Southern Hemisphere, holding approximately 300,000 tonnes when at full capacity.

Norman Tracker Walford Walkway

The Walford Track is a 1.5 km scenic walk along the Namoi River which includes the historic Pioneer’s Graves located at the beginning of the Norman tracker Walford Walkway were members of the Hoath family one of the earliest pioneering families to arrive and settle in Walgett. They took up the property ‘Wimbledon’ on the Barwon River not far from the present town.

Floods & Levee Bank

The town of Walgett, situated on extensive plains only a couple of kilometres off the junction of the Barwon and Namoi Rivers, has been subject to major flooding by those rivers and their tributaries on various occasions over the years.

The record flood of 1890, which flooded the entire town was the highest recorded when the Barwon reached a peak of 13.84 metres. A brass plate on the old Post Office at the corner of Fox and Wee Waa streets, donates the height of the water in the town at that time. Other major floods followed in 1921 at 13,33 metres and in 1950 at 13.46 metres.

This flooding caused isolation and interruption to many services, supplies and day-to-day living in town. Landholders were also marooned by the floodwaters, so thoughts of constructing a levee bank started to take shape. Designs and surveys took place in the 1950s and by April 1961, tenders were called for the construction.

The successful tenderer’s were Phillips Construction Pty Ltd. Twenty-two weeks later, using scrapers, bulldozers, graders and water carts; The first permanent levee bank in Australia was completed and is 8.2kilometres long.

16. Mary O’Brien Plaque – Airport

The 1980’s saw Mary O’Brien achieve the highest aviation appointment given to a woman when made Examiner of Airmen in 1987. O’Brien, who was born in Walgett on September 13, 1940, made her mark by becoming the first female member of the town’s flying club. She took particular interest in fostering women’s recognition and advancement – she was a committee member and national president of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association; a member of the Ninety-Nines, an international organisation of women pilots; was awarded the Nancy Bird Trophy for her contribution to aviation by women; patron of the Mary O’Brien Wing of the Australian Air League; and a board member of the Zonta Club of Sydney, an international organisation that seeks to raise the status of women.

17. Apex Park

Apex Park is located adjacent to the Walgett Swimming Pool and directly across from the Walgett District Sporting Club it houses a range of exercise equipment, children’s playground as well as the Walgett Bore Baths. It is also now home to the Walgett Shire Council Markets which are held quarterly.A great place to pull up for lunch and to stretch your legs read about our Traditional Owners in our Aboriginal Welcome Sign.

The Historical Bullock Wagon is also located in the park and was the means of transport by which many of the goods and supplies were brought to Walgett in the early days.The Table Top Wagon is among the largest animal-drawn road vehicles ever built in Australia. They are an important part of Australia’s agricultural history.

Under Round One of the Stronger Country communities Fund; the table top wagon and cart were restored by Walgett locals Vincent Kennedy and son Louis Hill. Works were completed in June 2018

Bangate Wool Wagon: 1921 Horse team hauling 70 bales of wool from ‘Bangate’ – Walgett, NSW

 

 

Railway Viaduct – Apex Park

The railway viaduct carried trains across the two mile Warrambool into the Walgett Railway Station. The structure is considered a masterpiece of its time when it was constructed around 1905-1907 prior to the arrival of the Walgett Railway Station in 1908. It has not been used since the 1970’s when the last passenger train ran.

 

Walgett Cemetery – Bate St

Fishing

Throw a line in and try your luck. You may be lucky enough to catch a Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Yabbie, Freshwater Catfish or a  Bony Bream. You will almost certainly catch a European Carp!

War Memorial Monument

War monument

The War Memorial Monument was built in 1923 to commemorate our service men and women of World War I, it now commemorates service men and women from all wars. The marble soldier was imported from France there is at least one other monument in Australia with the same soldier. A march and service is held beneath this monument each ANZAC day

War Memorial Park – Fox St

Developed & Maintained by the RSL, this project was developed in remembrance of our service men and women.

Walgett Gaol – Gray Park

Distance and the lack of transport ensured that a gaol was needed at Walgett. The Gaol established in the 1880’s once stood in Gray Park, surrounded by high brick walls made at the Walgett Brick Works. The well from which water was drawn for the gaol is fenced in the centre of the park a photo of the gaol stands alongside it.

Dharriwaa Elders Group Centre

WALGETT

Walgett Visitor Information Centre – 88 Fox St  02 6828 6139

Walgett Visitor Information Centre – 88 Fox St  02 6828 6139 or email tourism@walgett.nsw.gov.au

Call into the VIC for a wide range of information and maps on the local and surrounding areas. Souvenirs including local arts and crafts, postcards designed by local artists and photographers, woodwork, local Aboriginal art and opal jewellery.

The Visitor information centre has self guided tours available. There is also information on all the local attractions such as maps for the “Car Door Tours” in Lightning Ridge, mud maps for the Grawin Opal Fields, bird watching brochures for the Macquarie Marshes, great tips for fishing spots along the Barwon and many more local attractions both in Walgett and the surrounding Shire.

1.Walgett Artesian Bore Baths – Castlereagh Highway (Fox St)

In 1901 the first bore in Walgett was sunk, starting what has become the single most saving supply of water in the area; the tapping of the artesian basin. Today the bore baths in the region allow locals and visitors to soak away their aches and pains while farmers rely on the free flowing bore heads and the more recently capped and piped bores for supplying water to their large acreage. Open March to October

2.Walgett Court House. Fox St

Walgett Courthouse was designed by Colonial Architect James Barnet and constructed in 1880 at a cost of £3600. The builder was Daniel Edwards.

A Court of Petty Sessions was established in Walgett in 1860 when the Police Magistrate from Wee Waa was instructed by the Colonial Secretary to make periodic visits to Walgett for that purpose. In September 1861 the Public Works Office assigned £400 for the erection of a court and watch house at Walgett which was completed in 1864. This building was soon inadequate both in size and construction and plans for a new courthouse were underway by 1874. By 1876, 25,000 bricks had been made for the new courthouse by Mr Dowell at a local kiln. The foundation stone was laid in mid 1877, however work came to a standstill for two years due to government inactivity, disputes with the contactor and inclement weather. In 1878, new tenders were called but no builder engaged. A public meeting was called by the Police Magistrate and a letter written to the Government complaining about the situation. New building plans were prepared by Colonial Architect James Barnet and the Walgett Courthouse was finally completed in late 1880.

From November 1878, Courts of Quarter Sessions were held in Walgett and with no suitable building, they were initially held in the local hall. One of the barristers on the circuit was Edmund Barton, who would later become Australia’s first Prime Minister.

In 1978, the Department of Public Works commenced major restoration works both to the internal and external fabric of the building. The adjoining residence was demolished and replaced by a new amenities building. The courthouse was officially re-opened on 12 February 1979 by the Honourable FJ Walker, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. The building remains the most outstanding nineteenth century building in Walgett.

Source; Office of Environment & Heritage.

3. Original Council Chambers

Walgett was declared a Shire in 1908. The very first Council Chamber building was built in 1913 and this was the official Chambers of the Walgett Shire. Plans of the building can be seen hanging in the foyer. The Chambers are currently used by the Walgett Historical Society, where there are wonderful displays of the floods, paddle steamers and most significantly Frederick York Wolseley’s mechanical sheep shearing machinery and a shearing shed set up with various items including wool presses, hand pieces and shearing stands.

4.Walgett Historical Society Fox St  0268 28 1678

The Historical Society is located in the original Walgett Shire Building built in 1913. It features a splendid example of the pressed tin interiors; believed to be the only example left in our area. Walgett means the “meeting of two waters” and the Historical Society has an extensive display of photographs depicting life on the rivers including paddle boat steamers and agriculture. Frederick York Wolseley invented the first mechanical shearing machine and many other agricultural implements on Euroka Station.                                                                                                     The society has a wonderful display of his inventions.The Society has a vast collection of genealogical information and members can assist with family history research on request.
Open by Appointment: For more information or top contact the Walgett Historical Society CLICK HERE

5. Walgett Big Sky Library 88 Fox Street, Walgett

“Big Sky Library” is a partnership between Moree, Walgett and Brewarrina Shire Councils. Big Sky Libraries offer FREE Wifi, Computer access, Online Resources and inter-library loans and drop off options. Located right next door to the Walgett Visitor Information Centre take a browse at the free books set out for travellers or exchange some for the next visitor.

6. Grey Park Euroka St (located behind the Council Administration building)

Site of the Old Walgett Gaol. Distance and the lack of transport ensured that a gaol was needed at Walgett. The Gaol established in the 1880’s once stood in Gray Park, surrounded by high brick walls made at the Walgett Brick Works. The well from which water was drawn for the gaol is fenced in the centre of the park a photo of the gaol stands alongside it.

The park also provides toilet facilities, kids play ground, BBQ facilities, eating areas and NSW Train Link bus stop.