West Wyalong is the main town of the Bland Shire in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. Located 467 kilometres (290 mi) west of Sydney and 262 m (860 ft) above sea level, it is situated on the crossroads of the Newell Highway between Melbourne and Brisbane, and the Mid-Western Highway between Sydney and Adelaide.
New South Wales
Main Street (Newell Highway) in West Wyalong
|Population||2,643 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||262 m (860 ft)|
|Region||Central West (New South Wales)|
The West Wyalong district is the largest cereal-growing centre in NSW. Eucalyptus oil production started in 1907 and the West Wyalong area became one of the major world exporters of the product.
The Wiradjuri people were the first to inhabitant this region. (Wiradjuri northern dialect pronunciation [wiraːjd̪uːraj]) or Wirraayjuurray people (Wiradjuri southern dialect pronunciation [wiraːjɟuːraj]) are a group of indigenous Australian Aboriginal people that were united by a common language, strong ties of kinship and survived as skilled hunter–fisher–gatherers in family groups or clans scattered throughout central New South Wales.
In the 21st century, major Wiradjuri groups live in Condobolin, Peak Hill, Narrandera and Griffith. There are significant populations at Wagga Wagga and Leeton and smaller groups at West Wyalong, Parkes, Dubbo, Forbes, Cootamundra, Cowra and Young.
Gold was discovered at Wyalong in September 1893 by Joseph Neeld. In 1895 West Wyalong was developed 5 kilometres (3 mi) from Wyalong around the bullock track, without the benefit of town planning, resulting in curious kinks in the road where it avoided trees. As well as the mines, the White Tank water supply was located here. This is now the location of McCann Park. The goldfield was declared the most productive in the colony in 1899.
As mining declined West Wyalong became the main service centre for agriculture in the surrounding district, although for many years there was rivalry between the towns. Both towns wanted the Temora railway line, but settled on a compromise of a station midway between the two towns, called Wyalong Central.
Development since the 1970s has expanded Wyalong in the direction of West Wyalong with several motels built at Central Wyalong. A shared bicycle and pedestrian track was constructed in 1994 to link Wyalong with West Wyalong.
The population has stabilised recently. This is due, in part, to the Cowal Gold Mine adjacent to Lake Cowal, 45 km northeast and Pace Farm's egg production facility.
Places of interest
- The Poppet Head
- Lions Park Dakota DC3
- West Wyalong Museum
- West Wyalong Airport
- St Mary's War Memorial Catholic School (K-6) - The original St. Mary's Church School was built in 1901 of corrugated iron and staffed by the Sisters of Mercy. By 1903 there were 167 students. The present St. Mary's School was built in 1961.
- West Wyalong Primary School (K-6)
- West Wyalong High School (7-12)
- Wyalong Public School (K-6)
Pubs and clubs in West Wyalong
- The Tattersalls Hotel
- The Metropolitan Hotel
- Royal Hotel
- The White Tank Hotel
- West Wyalong Services & Citizens Club
- West Wyalong Lawn Bowling Club
- West Wyalong Golf Club
- Toppy Pub (Wyalong)
- West Wyalong Wildcats - (basketball)
- West Wyalong Mallee Men - rugby league
- West Wyalong-Girral Bulldogs - Australian rules football & netball
- West Wyalong Weevils - senior rugby union
- West Wyalong Pirates - junior rugby union
- Alleena Cricket Club - cricket
- Tallimba Cricket Club - cricket
- White Tank Cricket Club - cricket
Annual Shows and Events
- Australia Day Breakfast and Awards (26th), West Wyalong
- David Earl Memorial Cricket Match, West Wyalong
- Barmedman Modified tractor Pull (1st Sat.)
- Candy Stripe Fair, West Wyalong
- ANZAC Day Celebrations (25th)
- Wellness West Wyalong Festival
- Ladies Day Out in West Wyalong
- Weethalle Show (3rd Sat.)
- West Wyalong Show Ball
- Barmedman Show & Beaut-Ute Comp. (1st Sat./Sun.)
- West Wyalong Show (1st Wed.)
- Ungarie Show (2nd Fri.)
- West Wyalong Charity Campdraft
- Mirrool Silo Kick Challenge (2nd Sat.)
- 'in the West' Festival www.inthewest.com.au
Notable people from the area
- Dymphna Cusack, author
- Reginald Roy Rattey, Victoria Cross recipient
- Terry Gathercole, champion swimmer
- Ron Crowe, champion rugby league footballer
- Mark O'Meley, rugby league footballer
- Scott Staniforth, rugby union footballer
- Mat McLachlan, author and historian
- Anthony Gelling, rugby union representatives
- Neale Daniher , former AFL footballer, former AFL coach and motor neurone disease campaigner
- Terry Daniher, former AFL footballer
- Anthony Daniher, former AFL footballer
- Chris Daniher, former AFL footballer
- Dal Stivens, author - grew up in the town
|• Barmedman||(32 km or 20 mi)|
|• Burcher||(52 km or 32 mi)|
|• Tallimba||(34 km or 21 mi)|
|• Ungarie||(42 km or 26 mi)|
|• Weethalle||(57 km or 35 mi)|
|• Wyalong||(3.5 km or 2.2 mi)|
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "West Wyalong (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- Dow L, Guyon D, Irving R, McPhee M, Matthews A, Prineas P, Rubinich T, Simpson J (1995). Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Australian Places. Surry Hills, NSW: Reader's Digest. p. 227. ISBN 0-86438-399-1.
- "West Wyalong Movies bringing local history to life". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- West Wyalong NSW find hearts of gold. West Wyalong: Bland Shire Council. 2012. p. 11.