Bathurst’s winning combination of lifestyle choices, a strong and prosperous economy, a well-connected and friendly multicultural community and vibrant cultural life makes it a very appealing location. In 2015, the city celebrated its bicentenary with a series of festivals and events befitting the nation’s oldest inland settlement.
Supported by city infrastructure and a robust educational sector, historic Bathurst is the closest regional inland city to Sydney. With its accessible location on the Great Western Highway, Bathurst is experiencing ongoing significant population growth, presenting exciting new business and investment opportunities.
Bathurst prides itself as being a centre for excellence in education. The city is the headquarters for Charles Sturt University – a major provider of regional tertiary education as well as distance education both nationally and internationally.
With over 60 educational institutions located throughout the city reinvesting their skills into the local economy, Bathurst supports a continually expanding economy.
Incentives for health professionals
Healthcare is one of the top three economic sectors in Bathurst, after manufacturing and education. Bathurst is a major regional training centre for General Practice doctors placed in a strong network of GP surgeries around the region. Bathurst is classified as MM3 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 Bathurst may be entitled to relocation and retention benefits from the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.
Click here for the General Practice Rural Incentives Program
Economic Development Manager
02 6333 6553
The Health Community
Healthcare is one of the top three economic sectors in Bathurst, after manufacturing and education.
The Bathurst Health Service (BHS) combines, on one site, inpatient medical and surgical care, a range of outpatient and allied health and community based services, including Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol. The BHS is a referral centre and provides support to the nearby Multi-purpose Health Services of Blayney and Oberon.
Bathurst Health Service is committed to the training of new health professionals and providing experience for students in rural practice. Clinical teaching placements are available for Medical, Nursing and Allied Health students from Charles Sturt University, The University of Sydney, The University of Newcastle and The University of Western Sydney. TAFE students are also provided placements.
Bathurst is a major regional training centre for General Practice doctors placed in a strong network of GP surgeries around the region.
Bathurst is home to many dedicated specialist services including surgical, obstetrics, radiology services, physiotherapy and much more.
Click here for more information on medical practitioners and specialists currently in Bathurst.
Culture and Lifestyle
The Bathurst Region offers a vibrant cultural life. Located two blocks from the main central business district, Keppel Street offers an historic arts and culture precinct. From local produce to unique homewares stores and patisseries, Keppel Street offers a unique shopping experience. Keppel Street is also home to the Bathurst Library and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.
The Bathurst Farmers’ Market is held on the fourth Saturday of each month from January to November and on the third Saturday of December in the historic Bathurst Showground from 8 am to 12 noon.
Sporting and recreational pursuits are an essential element of the Bathurst lifestyle with the City and outlying villages offering recreation facilities and associated groups to suit everyone’s sporting and recreation needs.
Bathurst has a state of the art, all year round, Aquatic Centre, an Indoor Sports Stadium, 18 hole Golf Course and a Hockey Complex which includes water and sand based fields as well as numerous grass fields. Click here for more details on the recreational facilities in Bathurst.
Camilla Sadgrove, Student
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Dr Lilach Leibenson
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Dr Ross Wilson, GP
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Bathurst is a regional education hub with over 55 educational institutions located throughout the city. So if you’re a family looking to relocate, a student wishing to study or if you’re after a job in education, Bathurst has you covered.
With Bathurst’s economy growing steadily, there is something on offer for everyone in terms of career opportunities.
There are a number of major State and Federal department regional offices based in Bathurst including; Charles Sturt University, NSW Fair Trading, NSW Land and Property Information and major regional offices for others including NSW Education and Communities, NSW Public Works, Forestry Corporation and Western Institute TAFE, Bathurst Regional Council, Greater Western Area Health, the Bathurst Hospital and the large Education sector adding to that diversity.
Please speak to Bathurst’s Beyond the Range contact,
Economic Development Manager
02 6333 6553 regarding employment opportunities and contacts to assist your spouse find the perfect job and life in Bathurst.
Click here to visit the Evocities website with more information on Bathurst jobs.
A Place to Live
These photos show examples of properties that have been for sale in the past.
One of Bathurst’s key strengths is affordability. Whether you need a rental property or are buying a house to live in or as an investment property – you will find one in Bathurst well within your price range.
Enjoy the unique beauty of a heritage style house within the CBD, build your sustainable dream home in one of our new fully serviced residential estates, or spread out a little more on a few acres close to town. A good selection of affordable units, semi-detached homes and vacant land sites are readily available in this thriving market.
The average price for a 3 bedroom home is $321,000 (RP Data 2014) compared with Sydney’s inner ring $831,000 (All Dwellings: RP Data 2014). The average weekly rental for a three bedroom home in Bathurst is $320 compared with $850 for Sydney’s inner ring (Housing NSW 2014).
Browse RealEstate.com.au for the latest Bathurst properties for sale.
Your Questions Answered
If you have any further questions about relocating to Bathurst please speak to Bathurst’s Beyond the Range contact
Economic Development Manager
02 6333 6553