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One of the most dynamic growth areas in regional NSW, Forbes is renowned for breathtaking waterways, natural landscapes, strong agriculture industry, inspiring heritage, dynamic retail sector, and our amazing arts and culture. With large infrastructure projects underway and more in the pipeline, advances in agriculture, renewables and mining, new residential subdivisions being developed, and unmatched logistics and utility benefits, it’s not surprising that more and more people, including a large number of young professionals, are finding themselves in Forbes.
Forbes is a dynamic and productive Shire and is projected to grow by 34% by 2041, making us one of the fastest growing rural communities in the Central West, Orana and Western regions.


Strategically positioned on the Newell Highway, halfway between Brisbane and Melbourne and just three hours from Canberra, Forbes is centrally located between three major mines with a workforce of over 1,400 people. With a catchment area of over 70,000 people, it is fast becoming the regional retail hub of the Central West with a bustling town centre, all manner of speciality shops, cafes and restaurants, fast-food and national supermarket chains, a homemaker centre with Bunnings and a K-Hub, national agricultural support industries and major car dealerships.


Your health and wellbeing are well catered for at Forbes. The district hospital includes maternity facilities and is surrounded by a growing health precinct comprising a wide range of health and allied health services such as the Forbes Medical Centre, two dental practices, Jemalong Retirement Village, chiropractic services, optometrists, pharmacies, natural medicine and remedial therapy. Two gyms and several clinics in the Shire cater for your fitness and wellbeing.

Local providers


With 50 local sporting groups and 20 sporting facilities, all your activities needs are catered for. You’ll find sporting fields for cricket, footy, soccer and athletics, tennis courts, an 18-hole championship golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools. There is equestrian precinct, a ninja park, water park, ski-dam, motorsports track, fishing platform, lakeside fitness equipment and over 10kms of walking and cycling tracks.

Sport, anyone?

Where do we start? There’s the annual Frost and Fire event, International Hang Gliding Championships, award-winning Grazing Down the Lachlan, monthly farmer’s markets, community events throughout the year and so much more.


Bring the kids, we have plenty to keep them occupied with 55 parks and playgrounds. For the bigger kids who are into skateboarding and BMX, they can carve, skid and whip their way around our local skatepark or BMX track or go mountain biking track around the many tracks.

Gigs and jigs

There’s always something going on in Forbes. Catch one of the regular gigs at any of our licensed and entertainment venues. There are special interest music clubs and the Conservatorium of Music. If you like to kick up your heels there’s an Old Time and New Vogue dance group, along with garden clubs, arts groups and bridge clubs.


Where do we start? There’s the annual Frost and Fire Festival, National & World Hang Gliding Championships, award-winning Grazing Down the Lachlan, multiple community events throughout the year and so much more.



You’ll see a lot of smiles in Forbes. The close-knit community is very loyal to the town and firmly supports its local businesses. Children grow up healthy and well educated. Job opportunities are in abundance and growing with a pipeline of local and nearby major projects ready to commence. Families thrive with all they need close by, including Lake Forbes and its surrounding recreational opportunities and activities. Together, it makes Forbes a place people love to live.



Forbes is a historic town with a very modern heart. You’ll find your every need catered for with supermarkets and national retailers, cafes, restaurants and takeaway food. There’s also a Homemaker Centre with an anchor tenant Bunnings and a thriving CBD with a K-Hub, plus all the professional services you’d expect, from national banks and real estate franchises to accountants, solicitors and service providers.