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Portland – Wallerawang

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Nepean, Western & Northern Sydney

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

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Location

Portland is 163 km (2 hr 30 min drive) from Sydney, Wallerawang is slightly closer to Sydney at 152 km (2 hr 20 min drive). The regional centre of Bathurst is 50 km (40 min drive) away. The larger town of Lithgow is 25 km (25 min drive) from Portland and 15 km (15 min drive) from Wallerawang.

Given their location between Lithgow and the Blue Mountains, and the Central West centres of Mudgee, Bathurst and Oberon, the towns are considered the gateway to the Central West region.

How to get there

The nearest airport is Bathurst Regional Airport, which is about a 40 min drive from Portland and Wallerawang. Daily flights to Sydney are available. Sydney International Airport is a 2.5 hr drive away.

The closest railway station is the Lithgow Railway Station, 25 mins away. There is a daily service that operates between Sydney and Dubbo. The train line to Sydney Airport can be accessed via Sydney Central Railway Station.

 

Population

Portland is home to more than 2400 people, the median age of residents is 47 years. Wallerawang is home to slightly more than 2,000 people, the median age of residents is 39 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population of both towns.

Portland and Wallerawang are located in the Nepean Blue Mountains NSW Primary Health Network (PHN). This regional health profile provides an overview of community health for the PHN area.

Healthcare facilities

Portland Tabulam Health Centre Service provides residential aged care, sub-acute care beds, general medicine, community health services including chronic and complex care, and a range of visiting allied health services outreached from Lithgow Health Service. There is also a co-located GP practice.

Nearby hospitals are the Lithgow District Hospital (has an emergency department) and Lithgow Community Private Hospital.

The Ambulance Service of NSW station in Lithgow, provides services to Portland and Wallerawang.

Accredited GP practices

  • Dr S Kamalaharan & Associates - Wallerawang
  • Portland Medical Practice

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Portland and Wallerawang are coal mining, supermarket and grocery stores, fossil fuel electricity generation, local government administration, aged care residential services, other social assistance services and clubs (hospitality).
  • Education

There are two schools in Portland and one in Wallerawang: Portland Central School (K-12), St Joseph’s Primary School (K-6) and Wallerawang Public School (K-6). There are other schools in the nearby communities of Lithgow and Bathurst. The nearest tertiary facility is Lithgow Campus of TAFE.  
  • Childcare

For young families Portland has long day care for pre-school aged children, and there is a pre-school in Wallerawang.
  • Shopping

Portland has a Foodworks Supermarket, butcher and a variety of other boutique retail stores. Wallerawang has Wallerawang Friendly Grocer & Newsagency, boutique stores and a butcher. Nearby Lithgow has Coles, Aldi, Woolworths and IGA supermarkets and other retail stores including Target.
  • Places of worship

In Portland and Wallerawang there are places of worship for Christian denominations including Catholic, Anglican, Uniting and Presbyterian. Additional places of worship are available in the nearby towns of Lithgow and Bathurst. The nearest mosque is in Bathurst, a 40 min drive.
  • Points of interest

Portland and Wallerawang both have strong industrial histories, with local power stations and man-made dams part of the landscape. The towns are also surrounded by the natural environment with areas well known for outdoor recreation and popular with 4WD and dirt bike enthusiasts. There are many local events from art exhibitions to sailing on Lake Wallace to races at the nearby Cullen Bullen Speedway. The nearby city of Bathurst offers many great dining experiences and entertainment opportunities including a cinema.
  • Sporting activities

Between the two towns there are a range of sporting facilities and clubs including rugby league, netball, swimming, sailing, lawn bowls, fishing, and dragon boat racing on Lake Wallace. For  sporting club contact details in the area visit Lithgow Community Guide.
  • Community groups and activities

Portland and Wallerawang community groups and volunteer organisations include the Country Women’s Association and Rotary Club. Lithgow Community Guide provides a list of organisations in the area.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Portland and Wallerawang. A good place to start is the Facebook pages Portland NSW 2847Portland, New South WalesBathurst/Orange/Lithgow and blue mounts . buy swap an sell and Wallerawang2845.