Central NSW

  • State
  • Region Size
    104122.64 (Sq Kms)
  • Population
  • Largest Regional City
  • No. of Jobs
  • Median Weekly Household Mortgage
  • Median Weekly Household Rent
  • Region is known for
    Abundance and opportunity
Data Source: Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data

Central NSW

Central NSW, is a unique region brimming with history, adventure, and endless experiences. Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney, this expansive region stretches from the elevated Central Tablelands to the Central West plains. With a population of 266,672, this region offers a relaxed lifestyle, abundant job opportunities, breathtaking natural beauty, affordable housing options and excellent schooling for families. Discover life with so much more in this fascinating and diverse region.


People are the heart of all communities. Get a picture of Central NSW by understanding the people who live there.

  • 266,672
    Estimated resident population (no.)
  • 39
    Median age - persons (years)
  • 160,205
    Working age population (aged 15-64 years) (no.)
  • 28,512
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (no.)
  • 21,673
    Persons born overseas (no.)

From small locally owned businesses to larger operations, industries in Central NSW form an important part of the community.

  • 28,369
    Total number of businesses

A move to more means creating a better life for yourself. Gain insight into the job market in Central NSW to assist in your decision-making.

  • 208,123
    Number of jobs (no.)
  • 757
    Median weekly personal income ($)
  • 28,369
    Total number of businesses

Discover the household make-up of those already living in Central NSW to help you decide if this is the right region for you.

  • 105,988
    Total households (no.)
  • 2.5
    Average household size (no. of persons)
  • 940
    Median equivalised total household income (weekly) ($)
  • 1,517
    Median monthly household mortgage payment ($)
  • 285
    Median weekly household rental payment ($)

Have confidence that Central NSW has the services you need to support your lifestyle. This is a vital step in your decision to move to more.

  • 41
    Number of Hospitals
  • 15
    Number of Airports
  • 1
    Number of Universities
Moving to Central NSW


Work-life balance

Bask in a mild, temperate climate with four distinct seasons that allow you to soak-in the beauty of nature year-round. The Central West region is bursting with natural wonders from hot artesian springs, to subterranean caves. Experience breathtaking vistas, hiking trails, and waterfalls all on your doorstep. Whether you explore the breathtaking Capertee Valley, the world’s second-largest canyon, nestled within the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains wilderness or take in historic Blayney and the renowned Orange wine region best known for stunning fresh produce and production of superb local wine – here, you’ll have no end of inspiration for weekend, or after work adventures.

Living in Central NSW


Opportunity to thrive

Whether you’re a young professional seeking new opportunities or a family yearning for a close-knit environment, Central NSW offers welcoming communities and plenty of opportunities for success. The region is rich in natural resources with agriculture, mining and tourism significant drivers of jobs and opportunities. Increasingly, health and education have also taken on a vital role in the region’s economy. The region’s thriving agriculture sector includes large scale irrigated citrus and cotton operations located around Narromine and Trangie, and irrigated cropping and dairy production systems in the Southern Lachlan Plains region surrounding Condobolin and Forbes.

Best Towns to Live in Central NSW



With reputable universities, such as Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University, along with colleges and a wide range of public and private schools, the region offers excellent educational opportunities for families. From institutions like Kinross Wolaroi School in Orange and Scots All Saints College in Bathurst to James Sheahan Catholic High School in Orange and La Salle Academy in Lithgow, families can choose from a variety of educational options that cater to their children’s needs.

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