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Find out more about towns across the three NSW/ACT training regions.

Alstonville

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
Alstonville is a charming hinterland town, between the ocean and rainforest, with a great lifestyle.

Armidale

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM3
A beautiful city in the New England high country, Armidale is a cosmopolitan university city with an active arts and cultural community.

Ballina – Tintenbar

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
Ballina is a bustling coastal town, the smaller town of Tintenbar is an easy drive inland from Ballina.

Bangalow

North Coast

Classification: MMM4
Bangalow is a small town of Federation buildings surrounded by lush countryside, only 20 minutes from Byron Bay and the coast.

Barraba

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM5
Located in the New England region and on the Manilla River, the charming town of Barraba is a great base for outdoor activities including bushwalking, photography, camping and 4WDing.

Basin View – Sanctuary Point

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
Basin View and Sanctuary Point are located on the shores of beautiful St Georges Basin.

Batemans Bay

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
Batemans Bay is the gateway to the Eurobodalla region, renowned for being Australia’s Oyster Coast.

Bathurst

Western NSW

Classification: MMM3
Bathurst is a vibrant country city with a rich cultural heritage and is recognised as a centre of learning.

Bega

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
In a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers, and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is the rural centre of the NSW Sapphire Coast.

Bellingen

North Coast

Classification: MMM5
Fifteen minutes from the coast and surrounded by lush hills, Bellingen is known for its creative and alternative lifestyle, organic farms and luxury retreats.

Bermagui

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
A peaceful Sapphire Coast town famous for its fishing, Bermagui is nestled around a safe, all-weather harbour.

Berry

South Eastern

Classification: MMM3
Berry is a sophisticated village, the perfect blend of country charm and city style.

Bingara

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM5
Once Australia’s largest diamond producer, the small New England town of Bingara, is still popular for gold, gem and crystal fossicking.

Blackheath

Classification: MMM3
Blackheath located at the highest point of the Blue Mountains, it is known for stunning views across the World Heritage listed mountains.

Blayney

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
A farming town in the Central West Region of NSW just 30 minutes from the regional centres of Bathurst and Orange.

Boorowa

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
Surrounded by rich volcanic soils, Boorowa is known for producing fine merino wool.

Bowral – Mittagong – Moss Vale

South Eastern

Classification: MMM3
Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale are located in the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands, only 90 minutes from Sydney.

Braidwood

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
Beautiful, historic Braidwood is one of the gems of the NSW Southern Tablelands, with the entire town classified by the National Trust.

Broken Hill

Western NSW

Classification: MMM3
Broken Hill is a heritage-listed city in the far west of New South Wales, its mining heritage and vibrant art scene blend together in the semi-desert landscape.

Bungendore

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
The historic town of Bungendore is set in a pretty green valley near the nation’s capital, Canberra.

Byron Bay

North Coast

Classification: MMM4
Byron Bay is famed for its beautiful beaches, spectacular hinterland, relaxed lifestyle and creative community.

Callala Bay

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
Located on the northern shore of Jervis Bay, Callala Bay is a small coastal town offering an abundance of things to do.

Casino

North Coast

Classification: MMM4
Located on the banks of the beautiful Richmond River, Casino is the regional hub for the surrounding beef cattle industry.

Cessnock

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM3
Cessnock is the gateway to the Hunter Valley, the oldest wine growing region in Australia.

Coffs Harbour – Toormina

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
The coastal resort town of Coffs Harbour is known for its banana plantations, mild climate, beaches and fishing. Toormina is a southern suburb of Coffs Harbour.

Coolah

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
Coolah is a small country town, located in a picturesque rural valley in the Warrumbungle region.

Coolamon

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
A lovely town with heritage streetscapes, the Coolamon area is a leading producer of wheat in NSW.

Cooma

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
The town of Cooma is in easy each of Canberra and the Snowy Mountain ski fields.

Coonabarabran

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
Coonabarabran is known as the astronomy capital of Australia due to its proximity to observatories including Siding Spring, home to Australia’s largest telescope.

Coonamble

Western NSW

Classification: MMM6
On the banks of the Castlereagh River, Coonamble is a charming country town of art deco buildings and classic country pubs.

Cootamundra

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM4
The welcoming regional community of Cootamundra is located within the Riverina – one of the most productive and agriculturally diverse areas of Australia.

Cowra

Western NSW

Classification: MMM4
A scenic country town with an international outlook arising from its interesting war-time history.

Crookwell

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
Located on the Southern Tablelands high on the Great Dividing Range – almost 1000m above sea level, Crookwell is a picturesque country town surrounded by farmland.

Culburra Beach

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
Culburra Beach is a small coastal town located on the coast between the Crookhaven River and Lake Wollumboola.

Deniliquin

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM4
Deniliquin, famous for the Deni Ute Muster, is also a great location for outdoor activities like water skiing, fishing, bushwalking and kayaking.

Dorrigo

North Coast

Classification: MMM5
The small rural town of Dorrigo, an hour inland from Coffs Harbour, is located on the spectacular Waterfall Way and surrounded by stunning national parks.

Dubbo

Western NSW

Classification: MMM3
Dubbo is a major regional hub servicing central and far western NSW, it’s a vibrant city offering many outdoor and cultural experiences.

Dungog

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM5
Dungog is a beautiful country town with views of rolling hills and the nearby Williams River.

Eden

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
Located on the Sapphire Coast, Eden is the most southerly town in NSW and is known as one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia.

Evans Head

North Coast

Classification: MMM5
The small coastal town of Evans Head is a popular holiday resort located between the Evans River, kilometres of beaches and national parks.

Forbes

Western NSW

Classification: MMM4
In the heart of the Lachlan Valley, Forbes has a gold rush past but is now one of the richest areas for agriculture in NSW.

Forster – Tuncurry

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM3
The coastal towns of Forster and Tuncurry are part of the Great Lakes District of the NSW Mid North Coast, they are located on either side of the entrance of Wallis Lake, and joined by a large bridge.

Gilgandra

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
Home to the coo-ee, Gilgandra is an agricultural town in the Central West, only 45 minutes north of the regional centre of Dubbo.

Glen Innes

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM4
Glen Innes is known as Celtic Country, because of its Scottish pioneers, having one of Australia's coldest climates and its green countryside suggestive of the Scottish highlands.

Gloucester

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM5
Gloucester is a pretty country town adjacent to the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park.

Goulburn

South Eastern

Classification: MMM3
Goulburn's blend of city amenities with a country lifestyle provides the best of both worlds.

Grafton

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
The commercial and cultural centre of the Clarence Valley, Grafton is best known for its famous Jacaranda Festival when the city turns a vibrant purple.

Griffith

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM3
Created as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation area, Griffith is now synonymous with good food and wine due to its agricultural productivity and diverse population.

Gulgong

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
Gulgong is a charming historic gold mining town in the Mudgee wine region, that is now known for art and opera.

Gundagai

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
Commemorated in many poems and songs, Gundagai is an iconic Australian town, renowned for the Dog on the Tuckerbox monument.

Gunnedah

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM4
Gunnedah is situated on the Liverpool Plains in North West NSW, the rich agricultural area inspired one of Australia’s favourite poets, Dorothea Mackellar who wrote ‘My Country’.

Guyra

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM5
As the highest town in the New England high country, Guyra is surrounded by natural attractions.

Hawks Nest

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM5
Hawks Nest is a secluded coastal town and popular holiday destination, just north of Nelson Bay.

Hill Top

South Eastern

Classification: MMM3
This Southern Highlands former railway town is within easy reach of all major services.

Inverell

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM4
Inverell, located in an attractive valley beside the Macintyre River, is known as the Sapphire City because of the sapphires found throughout the local area.

Jindabyne

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
Jindabyne is located on the edge of Lake Jindabyne in the stunning Snowy Mountains region.

Junee

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
Junee, 30 minutes from the regional city of Wagga Wagga, is a pretty country town of elegant architecture.

Kandos

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
Kandos is a small, quaint town located in the beautiful Capertee Valley, the world’s second largest canyon.

Kempsey

North Coast

Classification: MMM4
Located on the Macleay River, Kempsey is surrounded by rich agricultural land supporting a dairy industry, it is less than 30 minutes drive from the coast.

Kyogle

North Coast

Classification: MMM5
Located on the banks of the Richmond River, Kyogle is known for its beautiful art deco architecture and as a great base for exploring World Heritage rainforests.

Lake Cathie

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
The popular holiday destination of Lake Cathie, is known for its beaches, surf breaks, recreational boating and surrounding natural environment.

Laurieton – North Haven

North Coast

Classification: MMM4
Adjacent to Camden Haven Inlet, Laurieton and North Haven are great locations for water sports including fishing, boating, surfing, swimming and kayaking.

Leeton

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM4
Leeton is a thriving rural community in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. It is home to the Australian rice industry and supports Australia's largest citrus-growing region.

Lismore

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
Lismore is the cultural and economic capital of the Northern Rivers region, located between stunning rainforests and the sea its temperate climate provides ample opportunity for outdoor activities.

Lithgow

Classification: MMM3
Lithgow is on the western side of the Blue Mountains, although known for its industrial heritage it is surrounded by beautiful national parks.

Lockhart

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
Lockhart is a beautiful small country town that has been classified by the National Trust and is a great base for exploring the surrounding food and wine region.

Macksville

North Coast

Classification: MMM4
Macksville is a small riverside town on the beautiful Nambucca River, apart from fishing and oyster-farming, the surrounding areas are known for bananas and other tropical fruits, vegetables, grazing, dairying and timber.

Maclean

North Coast

Classification: MMM5
Surrounded by undulating countryside and farmland, the fishing port of Maclean is located on the banks of the Clarence River.

Manilla

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM5
Located at the junction of the Namoi and Manilla Rivers, the town of Manilla has been a camping ground for Aboriginal people, a base for bullock wagons and now a rural service centre for the surrounding agricultural areas.

Merimbula – Pambula – Tura Beach

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
Merimbula and Pambula, less than 10 minutes apart, are located on the Sapphire Coast of NSW, a spectacular coastal region of picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, calm lakes, and pristine national parks.

Millthorpe

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
A beautiful historic village with boutique stores and cafes in a country setting.

Molong

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
Molong's broad main street and restored buildings are National Trust listed ensuring the town’s rich history stays alive.

Moree

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM4
Located in the heart of the northern NSW wheat belt, Moree is famous for its Artesian Aquatic Centre with its naturally hot mineral-rich waters.

Moruya

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
Situated on the beautiful Moruya River, Moruya has a country town feel whilst being only minutes from the coast.

Mudgee

Western NSW

Classification: MMM4
Mudgee’s heritage streetscapes are a picturesque backdrop for the fine food and wine the town is known for.

Mullumbimby – Brunswick Heads – Ocean Shores

North Coast

Classification: MMM5
Sub-tropical Mullumbimby is known for its a laid-back, alternative lifestyle. The nearby coastal towns of Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores are within easy reach of Mullumbimby.

Mungindi

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM6
Straddling the NSW and Queensland border, Mungindi is the only town in Australia to have the same name in two states.

Muswellbrook

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM4
Muswellbrook is a vibrant country town surrounded by vineyards and horse studs.

Nambucca Heads – Valla Beach

North Coast

Classification: MMM4
Nambucca Heads is a coastal town at the mouth of the Nambucca River, popular as a holiday destination. The smaller nearby town of Valla Beach is well known for its beautiful beaches and resident dolphins.

Narooma

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
The word Narooma is derived from the Yuin term for ‘clear blue water’, it aptly describes the stunning Wagonga Inlet that Narooma is located adjacent to.

Narrabri

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM4
Narrabri is set in the in the Namoi Valley and is known for rich agriculture, world-leading astronomy, spectacular wilderness and outdoor adventure.

Narrandera

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
Situated at the heart of the Riverina, Narrandera is located on the banks of the meandering Murrumbidgee River and is the gateway to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.

Narromine

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
A rural town in the Orana region of NSW, Narromine is the gliding capital of Australia.

Nelson Bay – Shoal Bay

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM4
Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay are major holiday destinations located on beautiful Port Stephens.

Nowra – Bomaderry

South Eastern

Classification: MMM3
The commercial and administrative hub of the Shoalhaven region, Nowra is located on the southern shores of the beautiful Shoalhaven River. The town of Bomaderry is on the river's northern shores.

Oberon

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
The highest town in the Blue Mountains region, Oberon offers a range of rural and natural attractions.

Orange

Western NSW

Classification: MMM3
Renowned for its fresh local produce and wines, Orange is a bustling regional city in the Central West of NSW.

Parkes

Western NSW

Classification: MMM4
Home to The Dish, the world-famous Parkes Radio Telescope, Parkes is a thriving commercial centre in central NSW.

Port Macquarie

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
This popular holiday destination boasts a great year-round climate for enjoying the adjacent Hastings River estuary and ocean beaches.

Portland – Wallerawang

Classification: MMM5
Portland and Wallerawang are small towns in the western foothills of the Blue Mountains surrounded by beautiful undulating countryside.

Quirindi

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM5
Located on the productive Liverpool Plains, fields of sunflowers, sorghum, canola, corn, lucerne and wheat make Quirindi and surrounds a picturesque rural landscape.

Scone

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM4
Scone is known as the ‘Horse capital of Australia’, it is home to world-class thoroughbred breeders and many equine events.

Shoalhaven Heads

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
Shoalhaven Heads is located at the mouth of the majestic Shoalhaven River and the southern end of beautiful Seven Mile Beach.

Singleton

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM4
Singleton is a vibrant and diverse riverside town, located at the centre of the Hunter Valley wine region.

South West Rocks

North Coast

Classification: MMM4
South West Rocks is a small coastal town adjacent to the Macleay River mouth, it surrounded by natural beauty and has an interesting colonial heritage.

Stroud

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM5
Nestled in the green Karuah Valley, Stroud is classified by the National Trust due to its convict-era buidlings.

Tahmoor

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
Tahmoor is located in the Wollondilly Shire on the southern outskirts of Sydney.

Tamworth

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM3
As the Country Music Capital of Australia, the city of Tamworth pays homage to country music in many ways including being home to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Big Golden Guitar.

Tanilba Bay

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM5
Tanilba Bay is a small coastal community on the Port Stephens peninsula.

Taree – Wingham

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Classification: MMM3
Taree and Wingham, are within 15 minutes drive of each other, both are located on the Manning River and surrounded by rich rural farmland.

Tathra

South Eastern

Classification: MMM5
The small coastal town of Tathra is known for its beautiful beach, stunning surrounding national parks and the iconic heritage-listed Tathra Wharf.

Temora

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
Popular for aviation, gliding and hot air ballooning, Temora is located less than an hour from Wagga Wagga.

The Rock

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
This small rural town, close to Wagga Wagga, is known for its most prominent feature The Rock.

Tumbarumba

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM5
Located in the Snowy Mountains high country, Tumbarumba is a great base for outdoor activities and exploring the surrounding alpine areas.

Tumut

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM4
The pretty country town of Tumut is a gateway to the Snowy Mountains, and a great base for outdoor adventures.

Ulladulla – Milton – Mollymook

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
The beautiful coastal area of Milton-Ulladulla-Mollymook, is a popular holiday destination, known for its fishing fleet and agricultural production.

Urunga

North Coast

Classification: MMM5
The small township of Urunga is located at the ocean junction of the Bellnger and Kalang Rivers. It's location off the Pacific Highway, and low level of development, give it a quiet and unhurried feeling.

Vincentia

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
Vincentia is a coastal town, located on stunning Jervis Bay.

Wagga Wagga

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM3
As the largest inland city in NSW, Wagga Wagga is a vibrant city offering the best of city, regional and rural lifestyle.

Walcha

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM5
Walcha has something for everyone, it’s a gateway to World Heritage wilderness, offers fine local produce and wine, and boasts the most public art per head of population in Australia.

Walgett

Western NSW

Classification: MMM6
Walgett is an outback town with an Aboriginal name that means ‘where two rivers meet’.

Warialda

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM5
Located on the Fossickers Way touring route, Warialda is a great place for fossicking of sapphires, gold and other gems.

Wauchope

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
On the banks of the beautiful Hastings River and surrounded by national parks and state forests, Wauchope is known for its past as a logging town.

Wee Waa

New England/Northwest

Classification: MMM5
Wee Waa is Australia's Cotton Capital, the modern cotton growing industry was introduced to the town in 1960 and rapidly expanded.

Wellington

Western NSW

Classification: MMM5
A bustling country town, known for the spectacular Wellington Caves.

Woolgoolga

North Coast

Classification: MMM3
The coastal town of Woolgoolga is known for its beaches, whale watching and views of the stunning Solitary Islands, it is also known for its Sikh temple and large Sikh population.

Yass

South Eastern

Classification: MMM4
Yass Valley is renowned for its wool, waterways and wine and is in easy reach of Canberra.

Young

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Classification: MMM4
Young, the cherry capital of Australia, is a thriving country town surrounded by orchards, vineyards and wheat fields.

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