Northern Inland

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This region of NSW is  located midway between Sydney and Brisbane and only a few hours’ drive to the Mid North Coast of NSW.

Northern Inland includes the New England and the North - West and  is home to the major cities of Tamworth and Armidale as well as great centres like Inverell, Moree, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Tenterfield and Glen Innes.

Affordable and a diverse choice housing from inner city to 5 acres semi rural living  provides extensive choice for residents and relocators. Varied of employment opportunities, great schools, Australias oldest regional university, no traffic and plenty of room to enjoy a great lifestlye in as healthy and safe enviroment.

The Northern Inland hosts a extrodinary range of industries including agriculture, agri-business, health, aviation, manufacturing and processing, mining, natural resources development, tourism, transport and distribution, education and training, engineering and construction, information technology, and research and development.

Many of our smaller country communities offer that friendly welcoming manner with Guryra, Uralla Walcha, Quirindi, Werris Creek Manilla Barraba, Bingara, Warialda all witha unque stroy and attraction.

There are stunning National Parks and wide open stretches of country to explor,e large lakes and Dams for recreation all add to the rich tapestry so valued by residents of the region. 

Educational heartland of regional NSW

Regional cities, major centres & towns

  • Armidale - Regional city
  • Warialda - Country town
  • Walcha - Country town 
  • Uralla - Country town
  • Quirindi - Country town
  • Guyra- Country town
  • Bingara - Country town
  • Moree - Major centre
  • Inverell - Major centre
  • Tenterfield - Major centre 
  • Gunnedah - Major centre
  • Glen Innes - Major centre 
  • Narrabri - Major centre
  • Tamworth - Regional city

Region overview

  • Expanding food processing sector 
  • Expanding agribusiness logistics sector 
  • Produces world-class agricultural products 
  • Produces boutique regional food and wine 
  • Expanding service industry in education, research, information and communication technology (ICT) and hospitality 
  • A centre of excellence in aviation training 
  • World leader in livestock genetics and complementary industries 
  • Emerging energy sector in coal, gas, ethanol and renewable energy 
  • World heritage gorge country and wild rivers. 

The Northern Inland Region provides a vibrant blend of agriculture, industry, unique natural environment, culture, country living and specialised education. 

It is the traditional lands of the Kamilaroi and Wailwan people. 

The climate is perfect for a relaxed, outdoor way of life from the rolling temperate slopes and plains of the Northwest to the mountainous hills and gorge country of the New England.

Competitive advantages 

* World class agricultural commodity producer and food processor 

* Strong transport links to major cities and export markets 

* Thriving educational facilities including the University of New England and New England Institute of TAFE 

* Access to advanced ICT services 

* Large coal and coal gas seam deposits 

* Temperate and high country climates suitable for producing a range of boutique food and wine. 



The Northern Inland is one of Australia's premier agricultural regions. Each year it produces over $2 billion of agricultural commodities including cotton, wheat and other cereals, beef, wool, poultry, grain legumes, sheep and lambs, and oilseeds. The region produces world-class commodities including fine wool, bread wheats, durum wheat for pasta production and is a centre for livestock production and research. It is home to over 20 breed societies and specialist breeding programs. 

There is a strong presence of associated enterprises including technology applications for smarter farming, international livestock genetics and animal health, and there has also been significant growth and success with the emerging food and wine industry. "New England Australia" is now officially and internationally recognised as a wine growing region.


The region is strong in aviation training with over 300 students trained annually by the Tamworth-based BAE Systems Australian Defence Force flight training college, AviSkills. Other Aviation service industries such as maintenance and engineering are located in the region, the largest being QantasLink Heavy Maintenance at Tamworth. 

Many airports in the region have daily services, to Sydney and Brisbane and have land available for further aerospace development. 


The region has experienced significant growth in minerals and mining activities including coal, gas, gems and metal industries. 


The manufacturing industry has an annual turnover of approximately $752 million and is one of the region's major employers. The food processing sector is one of the largest in NSW with beef and sheep meat, flour, poultry, starch, malt, sunflower and soy produced for national and international markets. Engineering and fabrication services have grown in response to mining and gas exploration and extraction operations across the region. 


Northern Inland provides unique tourist experiences with world heritage gorge country, some of Australia's highest waterfalls and wild rivers, wine tasting from Australia's newest wine region, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, gold fossicking, local food trails and other community festivals and events. 


The University of New England and the New England Institute of TAFE are recognised as major providers of a wide range of courses. The region is also host to a large number of internationally renowned private and boarding schools, quality public schools and quality Registered Training Organisations (RTO's). The University of Newcastle is establishing a new medical training centre and Tamworth and civilian pilot training facilities are being established in Glenn Innes. 


  • University of New England -Australia's oldest regional University
  • University of Newcastle 
  • New England Institute of TAFE 
  • Internationally renowned private schools with boarding facilities
  • Private sector registered training organisations. 



The region is well serviced by road, rail and air and is uniquely located between Sydney and Brisbane with major highway access to Victoria and South Australia through inland routes. An extensive highway system links the region's major towns, and road and rail freight systems link the region to major Australian markets and export ports. The proposed route for the Inland Rail project will include Narrabri and Moree. 


The region offers the same range of telecommunications amenities as any major metropolitan centre in Australia. This has promoted the growth of a large number of regionally based ICT-related businesses with national and international consumer bases. Armidale is Australia's first fully-fibred mainland city on the NBN and will use this to attract businesses requiring fibre speed broadband capability.

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