Portland is a historic mining town and the gateway to the Central West, just two and a half hours from Sydney.
There are more than 2,000 people living in Portland, the median age of residents is 43 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 6% of the population.
Portland is approximately two and a half hours west of Sydney. As the gateway to the Central West it is located between Oberon, Mudgee, Bathurst, Lithgow and the Blue Mountains.
The closest airport is Bathurst Regional Airport, just over half an hour to the west. Regional Express (REX) Airlines provides three daily return passenger services to Sydney.
The closest railway station is Lithgow Railway Station. It is approximately 25 minutes away. It is serviced by daily trains and buses to Sydney Central, Bathurst, Dubbo, Broken Hill, and Perth.
The main industries people from Portland work in are:
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Electricity, gas, water and waste services
- Public administration and safety
- Accommodation and food services
Portland Tabulam Health Centre Services provides residential aged care to 22 residents, 4 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.
Portland is supported by the NSW Ambulance Service located in Lithgow.
For young families Portland has long day care for pre-school aged children
Portland has a Foodworks Supermarket and a variety of other boutique retail stores.
The nearby city of Bathurst has far more extensive shopping options including Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, IGA, Target, Big W, Harvey Norman and many other major retailers.
Portland has a Catholic Church. Many additional places of worship are available in the nearby towns of Lithgow and Bathurst, each only around 30 minutes from Portland.
Portland is a historic mining town featuring Australia’s first cement works. It is well serviced town, surrounded by a rich and diverse natural environment with many areas that are well known for outdoor recreation and popular with 4WD and dirt bike enthusiasts.
The nearby city of Bathurst offers many great dining experiences and entertainment opportunities including Bathurst Metro, a five theatre cinema showing the latest release movies.