John Oxley Bicentenary Walcha: 8-9 Sep 2018

In 2018 Walcha celebrates the 200th anniversary of the arrival of explorer John Oxley & his expedition, the first Europeans recorded in the area.

In search of new farming lands he climbed the steep, rugged ranges, traversed from west to east over the southern end of the tablelands now known as the New England.

On 8 September 2018, he camped by a good waterhole on the Apsley River, 1.5kms south of the current Walcha township. He named the river after the Secretary of the Colonies, Lord Apsley.

He wrote in his journal “the finest open country, or rather park, imaginable. A country of running waters, on every hill a spring and in every valley a rivulet.”

Download the events program here. Weekend events include:-


  • Oxley Riders Mystery Ride
    (hot rods & cars welcome to join)
  • Show & Shine – Royal Café
  • Live Music & Après Ride – Royal Café
  • Apsley Falls Tours
    (dreamtime stories, history & site significance)
  • John Oxley Dinner – Walcha Sports Club
    (with guest speaker Dr John Atchison OAM)



  • Schools Bicentenary Production
    Diverse history, the making of Walcha
  • Picnic at Langford House
    Espresso or sausage sizzle available OR BYO picnic
  • Langford’s Oxley Room open