Small town in the heart of the country.
The town of Forbes has a population of just over 8400 people. The median age of residents is 42 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 12% of the population.
Forbes is a town in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia, located on the Newell Highway between Parkes and West Wyalong. It is on the banks of the Lachlan River.
It is about 300 km from NSW’s capital city of Sydney. The district is a cropping area where wheat and similar crops are grown. It was historically a gold town.
Parkes Regional Airport (30km away) is the nearest passenger services available. Regional Express Airlines (REX) provide daily flights from Sydney. Domestic and international connections are available in Sydney.
Country link has services from Sydney to Lithgow and Orange with a connecting coach to Forbes.
The main industries people from Forbes work in are:
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Education and training
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Accommodation and food services
Forbes District Hospital is a 37-bed/chair unit providing accident & emergency, obstetric, surgical, renal dialysis, and medical services, as well as medical imaging, pathology and pharmaceutical services.
The Community Health Centre provides a range of community-based nursing and allied health services.
Forbes is supported by an Ambulance service.
Forbes Shire has five primary schools:
- Forbes Public School
- Forbes North Public School
- Bedgerebong Public School
- St Laurence’s Primary School
Local tertiary institutions are the Forbes College of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and the Forbes Conservatorium.
For young families, Forbes offers family day care, long day care, Preschool, after school care and vacation care.
The Forbes business district has an impressive “boutique shopping precinct” incorporating many fine lifestyle, homeware and apparel shops.
Forbes has Woolworths, IGA, Target, Mitre 10, and Bunnings.
Parkes is only 30km away for a selection of more shopping places including Coles and Big W.
In Forbes there are places of worship for Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting, and others.
Some of Forbes’ attractions include Lake Forbes and McFeeters Motor Museum. The Forbes Historical Society Museum has a Ben Hall display.
The Forbes Camel Races have been held annually since 2001 on Good Friday at the Forbes Racecourse.