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.
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.
Community Services Coordinator
02 6329 8156
0403 220 502
The Health Community
The Oberon Multi-Purpose Health Service is located on two sites. The main site, the Oberon Hospital, houses acute services, high level residential aged care services, community health service, radiology, a very busy emergency service and the wonderful Robey Centre, which provides aged day care three days a week, and Meals on Wheels. The Robey Centre is a place where local elderly can visit, have a chat, a cup of coffee, a meal and of course games of bingo, and also go on regular day trips and outings.
Oberon’s new aged care home opened in 2015, with low care, high care and dementia care. Oberon also has a set of self care units within an easy distance to the Oberon Hospital.
Some other services that are available through the Health Service are audiometry, a dietician, mental health, a women’s health service, a foot clinic, physiotherapy, a social worker, speech pathology and many other services.
Oberon also has its very own modern medical centre housing a number of local doctors and its own ambulance service. Bathurst Base Hospital is also very close by for services such as maternity. Oberon currently has 4 FTE doctors and a dentist.
Culture & Lifestyle
Enjoy Oberon’s country lifestyle – clean air, little traffic, crisp alpine climate, a short drive or walk to work friendly people, a real sense of community, a safer environment, and some of the most spectacular scenery in NSW.
Browse our directory featuring community groups, organisations and community services here.
The Summer and Spring Garden Festivals in Oberon Shire are a chance to rediscover these simple pleasures, sharing the lifestyle, history, culture, produce, secrets, stories and hospitality of the Oberon Circle of Villages, which includes Black Springs, Burraga, Rockley, O’Connell, Tarana and Hampton.
Summer in the tablelands is the season of bounty. Fruits are in season, trout are in the streams, and adventure is in the air. Village life brings its own flavour to summer, with the pleasures of the home made and home grown.
Autumn in the tablelands brings the first promise of change and with it some interesting Cool Events. Mushrooms can be discovered in the forests, nights are becoming cool with days perfect for walking or mountain biking. Winter brings occasional snow with comfort food around cosy fires and the chance to hunt for truffles – black gold or be part of Yulefest at Jenolan Caves.
Spring is the season to visit our wonderful country gardens. Different from urban gardens these have often been developed from virgin bush or lush farmland. Many gardens are under active development. This is the time to see nature bursting forth after a long winter
My Life in OberonOberon, local pharmacist Allison O’Driscoll
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State-of-the-art aged care in OberonOfficially opened May 2015
A fully accredited nursing home purpose built to suit the needs of the community's aged care residential services... READ MORE
In Oberon Shire, your child will have the opportunity to live the healthy, nurturing country lifestyle people in metropolitan areas dream of. There are numerous schooling and sporting activities for children in Oberon, with the added advantage of being in close proximity to services and facilities in the larger regional centre of Bathurst. Oberon provides the best of both worlds!
Schools in and around Oberon;
Click here for further information on schools in Oberon, including younger childcare and preschool.
Only half an hour away from Oberon, Bathurst is a regional education hub with over 55 educational institutions, including private and boarding schools, located throughout the city.
Schools in nearby Bathurst;
Where you live and work is just as important to your spouse as it is to you. We are here to help you and your spouse feel welcomed into our community. We will do all we can to help your spouse settle in to the community, to find employment, to find new friends and to find the right information about schools, training, clubs, activities to suit his or her lifestyle.
The advantage of living in Oberon is the close proximity of Bathurst – a major regional centre providing additional job and lifestyle opportunities. Oberon provides the best of both worlds!
Please speak to Oberon’s Council contact regarding employment opportunities and contacts to assist your spouse to find the perfect job and lifestyle in Oberon.
For a listing of current jobs available in the Oberon and Bathurst region, please refer to the Evocities website
A place to live
These photos show examples of properties in Oberon (not for sale).
Making a move from the city to a rural area can sometimes be daunting, especially if you are worried about finding the ideal new home. But you don’t need to worry, because Oberon has a great range of homes for rent and for sale. Whether you are looking for a neat house in the Oberon Township, or perhaps a small rural block out in the countryside for some peace and quiet, you can contact one of our friendly local real estate agents and see what is available
Your Questions Answered
If you have any further questions about relocating to Oberon please speak to Oberon’s Beyond the Range contact
Community Services Coordinator
02 6329 8156
0403 220 502