Fifty clicks south of Lightning Ridge lies Walgett, nestled near to where the Namoi and Barwon Rivers meet. The town’s only roundabout marks the junction of the Kamilaroi and Castlereagh Highways, funnelling avid outback adventurers through town and off on some of Australia’s best outback touring routes.
Considered the gateway to the nearby opal fields, Walgett offers small-town surprises, rewards for those willing to spend time getting to know the locals and their patch of bush paradise. Ask any shop owner how the yellow belly are biting, and they will probably tee up a time to meet you on the riverbank after knock-off.
If fishing is not your game, take a stroll along the 1.5km Tracker Walford Walkway which hugs the Naomi River, a tribute to the Aboriginal tracker, Norman Walford. Or pop out to the Walgett Water Tower and marvel at the mural that celebrates the life of local Aboriginal country music legend Jimmy Little. Recharge at the Walgett Bore Baths, or refuel at Stone’s Throw Cafe , a coffee-come-gift store selling homewares alongside lattes and long blacks.
Time to spare? Drop by the Visitor Information Centre for a local spin on what to do in the area and beyond. Pick up a map and a souvenir or two. The Centre acts as a local artisan’s showcase, offering postcards, art, woodwork, and opal jewellery.