Living and Working in Rural NSW

Orange Regional Cooking School, Orange

Orange Regional Cooking School, Orange. Credit: Central NSW Tourism

Living and working in rural Australia has many benefits. Doctors working with Ochre in regional areas will enjoy the convenience of not having to commute through busy cities, the lower costs of living, a sense of belonging to a community, and living in a beautiful natural setting with a laid back, comfortable environment. Rural Australian towns also have excellent government services, along with great communications and transport infrastructure – so you won’t have to give up all the comforts of city living when you relocate. And when you are looking for a mini break or a change of scene, regional Australia’s most exciting events and destinations are never too far away. Here are just a few of the attractions you can check out if you’re interested in any of our many job opportunities opening up in the beautiful state of New South Wales.



The last rays of sunshine stream over Wilsons Gully and the valley and highlight the foreground cliffs and rock ledges and foliage. Sunset views from Sunset Rock, Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains, Australia

Sunshine stream over the Blue Mountains.

If you’re fond of scenic drives, sight-seeing and bushwalking, the Blue Mountains are a must-see destination. Located in the spectacular Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains provide the perfect scenic getaway for anyone looking to experience the immense beauty of Australia’s rugged landscape, and learn about the indigenous heritage of the area. There are walking tracks for beginners and for those seeking a challenge, along with opportunities for abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning for the more adventurous. There is also ample opportunity for dining, as there are many charming cafes and award-winning restaurants where you can sample the rich local produce, and, if you’re looking to stay the weekend, there are cosy cabins, cottages, and luxury retreats to relax in.



Byron Bay Hinterland, NSW, Australia. 8/1/2016 Photo credit - James Horan/ Destination NSW

Hinterland, NSW, Australia. 
Credit – James Horan/Destination NSW

The Southern Highlands are also a popular spot for tourists and locals seeking a weekend away. The area encompasses many smaller Australian towns and villages, each with their own history and character. If you are interested in history, the ghost town of Joadja is sure to pique your interest, along with the historic town of Berrima. For those seeking both history and comfort there are many resorts in the Highlands, several of which incorporate historical manors and buildings – so during your stay you can enjoy comfortable and luxurious accommodation and learn about the fascinating history of the property.


Views of Fitzroy Falls from the grated balcony lookout at the top of the escarpment with a downward perspective capturing the spectacular falls into the eucalypt forests of the valleys below. Morton National Park.

Views of Fitzroy Falls, Morton National Park.

The diverse landscape of the Highlands offers many attractions for those who love the outdoors, with many walking tracks through national parks, scenic lookouts, beautiful gardens full of colour, and rolling hills lined with grape vines. There are several popular natural attractions to visit, including Fitzroy Falls, set in the ancient forest of Morton National Park, and the marble Wombeyan Caves, in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. The fertile lands of the Highlands provide the perfect environment for vineyards and crops, so for those looking to enjoy the local food culture there are many award-winning wineries and restaurants to visit.



Orange FOOD Week, Orange, Central NSW. Credit: Destination NSW

Across regional NSW there are numerous opportunities to visit charming farmers markets and gourmet food festivals, and the Orange F.O.O.D. Week is the perfect event for anyone interested in experiencing the range and quality of Australia’s fine local produce. Held annually in April, Orange’s F.O.O.D. Week is recognised as one of the country’s oldest food festivals, and is one of Australia’s most celebrated regional events. Take a drive to Orange in April, and you’ll get the chance to meet the area’s talented, passionate local farmers, winemakers, chefs, cooks and caterers, and taste the delicious range of foods such as cheeses, beers and wines, chocolates, truffles, coffee, organic fruit and veg, preserves and locally farmed meats. If you’re particularly interested in wine tasting, then head along to the Winter Winery Wander in Bathurst, May 2017, where you can explore the vineyards and distilleries with friends, and sample the cool-climate wines and spirits.


If you’re interested in working as a GP in rural New South Wales, get in contact with Ochre Health today.

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