Warialda 'Place of Wild Honey', is an attractive small town on the Reedy Creek.Warialda, with a population 1300, is one of the major towns of the Gwydir Shire in north-western NSW. It is situated 602 km north of Sydney and 320 m above sea-level on a tributary creek of the Gwydir River. Warialda also lies at the intersection of two main roads, being 190 km north of Tamworth along the Fossickers Way and 62 km north-west of Inverell via the Gwydir Highway and is the southern gateway north along the Rural Getaway tourist route
The town's name is said to mean 'place of wild honey' and presumably derives from the tongue of the original inhabitants, the Weraerai Aborigines. The name is thought to be related to the honey that is produced from the abundant pollen of the Tumbledown Gum (Angophora leiocarpa), bees collect large to huge volumes of the pollen which provides a good surplus of honey.
OFF-ROAD CAR RALLY
Drawing competitors from all over Australia the Warialda Off Road 200 is action from start to finish. Held over two days and considerably boosting the town’s population for the weekend, the competition includes both a long-course and a short-course race.
Off road racing is at the extreme adrenalin pumping edge of motor sport and is probably more similar to motocross than track racing. It can seriously test the car, driver and navigator to the limit … and sometimes beyond.
At Warialda you get to watch some of the extreme men and women of the sport who think it’s fun to race a car over a dirt track in the middle of the bush with wild turns and creek crossings, up hills and down gullies, sometimes seeming halfway out of control only to launch over massive jumps at speeds in excess of 100km/h. Now that’s off roading! Off road buggy classes include buggies, sedans, four-wheel-drives and trucks/VW baja (heavily modified silhouette) vehicles.
A buggy is defined as having a rear or mid-mounted engine, running a transaxle-type gearbox, big travel suspension and 4WD tyres, as well as some fibreglass or sheet metal panelling. Anyone can build a buggy and compete and regulations can be obtained from the local off road club. Aside from the racing, the social side of the sport is just as appealing. Friday and Saturday nights during the event are all about barbecues, sitting around a campfire with a drink or a cup of something warm in hand and of course listening to the never-ending stories from all the characters and larrikins of the sport. Spectators are well catered for with bar and barbecue/canteen facilities running both days.
Opalised and petrified wood are particularly prevalent in the Warialda area and can be found around Tiger’s Gap, 5km east of the town on the Gwydir Highway. Ironised and other woods, jasper quartz and chert agate can be found in old gravel quarries either side of the road leading to the airstrip road. Free mud maps are available from the Information Centre or Gwydir Shire Council office, both in Hope Street.
Farming and grazing form the major income in the Gwydir Shire, including wheat, sorghum, barley, sunflowers, pulse crops, oats, lucerne and olives. Livestock production is also a major industry with cattle, sheep and pigs farmed in the region. White cypress pine and other timbers were once logged and milled in the district. A fine example of local timber is shown in the Church of England and the Heritage Centre, which has exposed white cypress pine trusses. It is a valuable timber which is insect resistant, attractive, hard wearing and now used mainly for flooring and for export.
STEEPED in history and surrounded by lush bushland, natural wonders and boasting interesting personalities, Warialda was gazetted a village in 1849. At the time it was the administrative headquarters for the Gwydir Squatting District in the Colony of NSW.This safe and friendly community of about 1300 people invites you to enjoy its country charm and hospitality, as well as the natural and man-made attractions.
For further information on Warialda:
visit www.warialdansw.com.au or contact our Visitor Infomation Centre.