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Why visit Oberon?

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Oberon statistics:

Population: 2,700

Postcode: 2787

Annual rainfall: 880mm

Temperatures(average): 12-21C summer, 1-8C winter

Oberon is in the high country. In fact, in the Blue Mountains there is no higher town. Located 1,113m above sea level, this town is very different to most in New South Wales. It receives regular snow, so you can see it in real life, not just on television.

Why visit Oberon?

The town’s location makes it suitable for anyone wanting to live in the high country, yet still close to major facilities. Bathurst is just half an hour away. Sydney is less than three hours away, two hours from Parramatta. Oberon itself is located south east of Bathurst, or south west of Lithgow.

Being in the mountains usually means being near spectacular scenery. And in the case of this town there is no exception. Caving and national parks keeps visitors and residents occupied. So does the high country appeal? Maybe you would like to call Oberon your new home. Let’s se what it has to offer a new resident.

 CLIMATE

Frosts occur regularly during autumn, winter and spring. Several snowfalls can be expected each year. Visitors should always be prepared for a sudden cool change at high altitudes. And don’t get us started on summer temperatures. With an average maximum of 21C, who could complain about the heat.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Why visit Oberon?       Annual events include:

  • Agricultural Show
  • Kowmung Music Festival
  • AMSAG Car Rally
  • Daffodil Festival
  • Community Art-and-Craft Exhibition

The nearby state forests are home to exotic wood mushrooms. These mushrooms can be picked, but make sure you know what can and can’t be eaten. In March and April, residents and visitors can participate in Mushrooming in the State Forest, where hopefully you will learn how not to be poisoned!

The Kowmung Music Festival presents chamber music and jazz in unusual venues, such as caves and cattle sheds. Performances are made over two weekends in autumn when the forest colours are at their best.

Why visit Oberon?

For sports lovers, there is a beautiful golf course, hockey, and netball fields, an indoor tennis centre, equestrian facilities and a heated swimming pool. Other popular sports include rugby union and rugby league, sailing, motorcycling and soccer. Oberon has many kilometres of cycle ways through countryside and state forests.

Trout fishing is a major activity for the area. Lake Oberon is regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Most streams near the lake also have trout. To encourage the fish, boating and swimming are not allowed in the lake.

 TOWN SERVICES

Why visit Oberon?

Schools. The town has two preschools, one primary school and one high school. In addition, there is private schooling to Year 10.

Health. Community hospital, a medical centre and Council Care Car. Specialist medical services are available in Bathurst.

Shops. Oberon has good shopping facilities with most goods and services available in the town. It has a number of restaurants, cafes and takeaways while visitors staying in self catering accommodation will be well serviced by supermarkets, butchers and bakeries. Shops selling clothing, accessories, fishing gear, gifts and collectibles may also in

OBERON AREA

Why visit Oberon?

Villages located nearby include Black Springs, Burraga, Rockley, O’Connell, Tarana, Hampton and Hartley. Further afield is Bathurst and Lithgow.

As already noted, Oberon is surrounded by many natural wonders. Consider a few.

The Jenolan Caves consist of underground mazes of limestone tunnels, subterranean rivers and natural caverns, the walls, roof and floor are draped with strange exotic mineral decorations. The walking tracks throughout the 2416 ha wildlife reserve comprise of mountain lookouts, natural archways, rivers and a vast array of flora and fauna.

The Abercrombie Caves lie in a quiet, picturesque valley. Here you’ll find The Archway – the largest natural arch in the Southern Hemisphere – and a number of other grand, richly decorated caves.

Why visit Oberon?Kanangra-Boyd National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Vast gorges, high lookouts and wild and scenic rivers lend Kanagra-Boyd’s wilderness a rugged and dramatic grandeur. Thurat Spires, Kanangra Walls and Mount Cloudmaker provide sandstone scenery on a majestic scale.

A colourful brochure for the region has been produced by the visitor information centre.

ECONOMICS

Employment. The unemployment rate is reportedly below the national average.

The timber industry, with 820 full-time equivalent jobs, is the largest employer. Carter Holt Harvey and Highland Pine are the two major industries, sourcing their raw material from large NSW State Forests radiata pine plantations and those of private forest growers.

A strong engineering support base is maintained locally with many additional opportunities for ancillary trades-people such as engineers, electricians and fitters and turners.

Another employer is the Correctional Centre for juvenile offenders.

Jobs are also available in the service industries, tourism, retail and the local schools.