Central West

New South Wales, Australia

The Lachlan River at Cowra
Population: 175,351 [1]
LGA: Various
State District: Dubbo, Burrinjuck, Orange, Bathurst
Federal Division: Calare
Localities around Central West:
Orana Upper Hunter Hunter
Orana Central West Greater Blue Mountains Area
South West Slopes South West Slopes Southern Tablelands

The Central West region refers to the area west of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. It has an area of 63,262 square kilometres (24,426 sq mi).[1]

Major population and service centres in the Central West include the cities of Bathurst and Orange and large towns of Cowra and Parkes. Bathurst and Orange are home to campuses of Charles Sturt University, the only local provider of higher education for the region.

Cities and towns[]

The Central West includes two cities, Bathurst and Orange; three large towns Cowra, Parkes and Lithgow and other smaller centres which include Oberon, Mudgee, and Forbes, and other small towns and villages such as Cudal, Molong, Grenfell, West Wyalong, Condobolin and Eugowra.


The Central West's east is higher, wetter and hillier and supports orchards, vegetable-growing and pastoralism. The west is flatter and drier and supports grain crops and pastoralism.

Major highways[]

The Central West region is traversed by the Great Western Highway, the Mid-Western Highway, the Mitchell Highway, the Newell Highway and the Castlereagh Highway.


The Central West has several radio stations, including 97.9 2LVR (a community radio station), 105.1 2GZFM, 105.9 Star FM, 107.5 Community Radio, 103.5 Rhema FM and 1089AM — a commercial station that gets most of its programming from 2SM in Sydney.

Electronic media is represented by the ABC, and television by Prime7, WIN, and Southern Cross Ten.


The Central West area was originally inhabited by the Wiradjuri people. The first white explorer, George Wilson Evans, entered the Lachlan Valley in 1815. He named the area the Oxley Plains after his superior the surveyor-general, John Oxley. In 1817 he deemed the area unfit for white settlement. A Military Depot was established not long after at Soldiers Flat near present day Billimari. Arthur Ranken and James Sloan, from Bathurst, were amongst the first white settlers on the Lachlan. They moved to the area in 1831.

In the 1850s many gold prospectors passed through headed for gold fields at Lambing Flat (Young) and Grenfell.


  1. ^ Central West Region - the agricultural heart of New South Wales website of New South Wales Department of State and Regional Development, accessed November 12, 2006

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