The region at a Glance

Central NSW includes some of most beautiful and abundant agricultural land in the country. Its communities offer attractive life and career opportunities in a region with strong economic prospects. The original custodians of the land are the Wiradjuri people, known as the people of the three rivers - the Wambool (the Macquarie River), the Kalari (the Lachlan River) and the Murrumbidjeri (the Murrumbidgee River).

Bathurst
Bathurst at a Glance

41,682 people

37 average age

$321,000 average house price

2.5 hours from Sydney

6 medical centres

1 university

27+ galleries and studios

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Blayney
Blayney at a Glance

7,409 people

$235,000 average house price

38 average age

30 minutes to Bathurst and Orange

2 National Trust heritage listed villages

1 major dam

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Canowindra
Cabonne Shire at a Glance

13,481 people

6,108 sq kms

11 classic country towns and villages

$266,750 average house price

1 International Balloon Festival

8 community health centres

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Condobolin
Lachlan Shire at a Glance

3 towns

5 villages

15,000 square kilometres

6,748 people

18ºC - 34ºC av summer temps

3ºC - 16ºC av winter temps

2 beautiful lakes

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Cowra
Cowra at a Glance

12,574 people

1 District Hospital

7 GPs

2 Sydney Harbours fit into Wyangala Dam

$225,000 average house price

1,413 local businesses

49.9% tertiary qualified

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Forbes
Forbes at a Glance

10,000+ people

1 major new medical precinct

4718 square kilometres

33km from Parkes

$215,000 average house price

15°C average winter day temp

1861 founded

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Grenfell
Weddin Shire at a Glance

3,750 people

1 historic town

3 heritage villages

$171,000 average house price

1 new Medical Centre in development

1866 established

1 Australian Legend

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Lake Cargelligo
Lachlan Shire at a Glance

3 towns

5 villages

15,000 square kilometres

6,748 people

18ºC - 34ºC av summer temps

3ºC - 16ºC av winter temps

2 beautiful lakes

Part of the Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Lithgow
Lithgow at a Glance

21,249 people

2 hours to Sydney

$256,500 average house price

$64.3m health care sector

2 beautiful lakes

1 World Heritage Area

Part of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Molong
Cabonne Shire at a Glance

13,481 people

6,108 sq kms

11 classic country towns and villages

$266,750 average house price

1 International Balloon Festival

8 community health centres

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Oberon
Oberon at a Glance

5,207 people

$263,750 average house cost

36 minutes to Bathurst

6 primary schools

20+ sport and rec clubs

1 World Heritage Area

1,113 m above sea level

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Orange
Orange at a Glance

41,431 people

36 average age

28% couples with children

$339,000 average house price

3.5 hours to Sydney

7 high schools

1 new base hospital

1 University

38 cellar doors

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Parkes
Parkes at a Glance

15,217 people

$250,000 average house price

1 Elvis Festival

3 Medical Centres

1,344 local businesses

135 clear sunny days/year

64m Radio Telescope

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Young
Young at a Glance

12,514 people

40 average age

10 GPs

1860s first wine grapes

$240,000 average house price

1.5 hours to Canberra

Part of the Murrumbidgee Local Health District

About Oberon

Oberon is a thriving rural hamlet nestled in the high country of the greater Blue Mountains, just 2.5 hours from Sydney and thirty-five minutes from the major inland city of Bathurst.

Oberon has the lowest unemployment rates in the region and relative to its size contributes considerably to the regional economy. Investment has almost doubled in recent years, reflecting the attractiveness of the area.

Oberon’s economy is dominated by the timber industry, including the growing and processing of timber, which underpins the large manufacturing sector in the region.

Agriculture has historically been the focus of the economy with strengths in not only timber but prime lamb and beef cattle, horticulture and nut trees. The economy today still maintains a strength in agriculture, which is complemented by a strong manufacturing sector.

Oberon has an active cultural community embracing the arts, crafts, music, drama, and events. Several well-known artists and craftspeople have studios in the district.

Useful links

Oberon Shire Council website

Oberon Community and Visitor website

Incentives for health professionals

Oberon is classified as MMM5 under the Department of Health’s new “Modified Monash Model” classification system that categorises areas according to both geographical remoteness and town size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities. Medical professionals moving from major city areas to Oberon may be entitled to relocation and retention benefits from the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.

Click here for more information on the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.

Council Contact
Kathy Beesley
Community Services Coordinator
kathy.beesley@oberon.nsw.gov.au
02 6329 8156
0403 220 502