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Hello all,

We might have the opportunity to move to Orange and I'm trying to find out the realities of living that far out from Sydney. We are not a city family, we like a weekend there occasionally but we are really looking for outdoor lifestyle, beautiful walks, access to good food - and seasons for my husband?

It looks to me like Orange has enough facilities and services to make it not a problem to b 4 hours out from Sydney, but looking to hear from those who live/ have lived there. We are currently weighing up a few areas in NSW and VIC.

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Jx


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I think you'd love Orange.  Australian country towns are often lacking in facilities, with high unemployment,  but Orange benefits from having a university and a tourist industry to keep its economy ticking over.   It definitely has seasons (it snows in winter).  

There's no doubt it's a small, sleepy town but if you're not looking for a bustling metropolis, it has everything you'd need.

Both Orange and Mudgee are popular destinations for Sydneysiders wanting to make a tree change. 

https://www.homely.com.au/orange-orange-central-west-new-south-wales

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I agree with Marisa.  . Orange is a very pleasant town.

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Thanks both! I'll have a good link at the link that you sent too. I have the opportunity for a 'flash in the pan' visit in a few weeks so I might be able to get a good feel for it then.

J

 


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Very trendy busy town.  Ex workmate owns a clothing manufacturing business there, and there’s great food, cafe scene, vineyards etc.  

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All sounding pretty positive so far!


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On 21/09/2018 at 09:05, klr81 said:

We might have the opportunity to move to Orange and I'm trying to find out the realities of living that far out from Sydney.

Personally I hate Orange, as always find it full of redneck youth.

But that is just my opinion.

Otherwise, it has all the facilities you could possibly need. And would probably be quite a nice lifestyle.

And if you like good food, then there is a great restaurant there called Lolli Redini -  it is the best thing about Orange 

If I was to live in country NSW, I would choose to live in Mudgee

 

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On 07/10/2018 at 10:33, Tootsie said:

Personally I hate Orange, as always find it full of redneck youth.

But that is just my opinion.

Otherwise, it has all the facilities you could possibly need. And would probably be quite a nice lifestyle.

And if you like good food, then there is a great restaurant there called Lolli Redini -  it is the best thing about Orange 

If I was to live in country NSW, I would choose to live in Mudgee

 

Mudgee used to be on my country run back in the 80’s.  I hear it’s changed a lot.  

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On 13/10/2018 at 20:49, Bulya said:

Mudgee used to be on my country run back in the 80’s.  I hear it’s changed a lot.  

Well 99.99.99% of things have changed since the 80's would you not agree.......

 

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31 minutes ago, Tootsie said:

Well 99.99.99% of things have changed since the 80's would you not agree.......

 

Well no, as much of Australia hasn’t changed much for decades 

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Keep in mind that Orange is proper four season climate with often a few snowfalls each year. The winter minimums are a couple of degrees colder than London and the July maximum is 8-9c 

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Hi,

We are planning to relocate and looking to rent or buy a house in Orange, NSW next month. We live in WA and its impossible to do a short weekend trip and check out the area due to the Covid situation. I have heard that there are places to avoid especially Glenroi and Bowen. But some say those places are now cleared of trouble makers  and especially Bowen has new housing estates coming up. Can someone please recommend some good areas that I should short list or areas to avoid. I have already checked on www.homely.com but those replies/recommendations are somewhat old.

Cheers,


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We did move to Orange in the end and lived there for 18 months. We enjoyed it and only moved due to better work opportunities that arose in Vic. Glenroi was an area we were advised to steer clear of and my husband worked with tradies who would only do jobs in pairs in certain areas there. Didn't really know much about Bowen. It's a pretty well resourced town for its location and has lots of lovely community events that attract Sydneysiders such as the Food and Wine festivals. If you're in to wine you'll be spoilt for choice with many beautiful wineries and some with great restaurants. We sometimes felt a bit claustrophobic - there are some nice surrounding small towns and villages but not much else. Sometimes the distance to Sydney felt a really long way. It's about a 4 hour drive and whilst there are flights they can be pricey. Train takes about 5 hours depending on the route.  Happy to answer any other specific questions you have :)

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10 hours ago, klr81 said:

We did move to Orange in the end and lived there for 18 months. We enjoyed it and only moved due to better work opportunities that arose in Vic. Glenroi was an area we were advised to steer clear of and my husband worked with tradies who would only do jobs in pairs in certain areas there. Didn't really know much about Bowen. It's a pretty well resourced town for its location and has lots of lovely community events that attract Sydneysiders such as the Food and Wine festivals. If you're in to wine you'll be spoilt for choice with many beautiful wineries and some with great restaurants. We sometimes felt a bit claustrophobic - there are some nice surrounding small towns and villages but not much else. Sometimes the distance to Sydney felt a really long way. It's about a 4 hour drive and whilst there are flights they can be pricey. Train takes about 5 hours depending on the route.  Happy to answer any other specific questions you have 🙂

Hi Klr81, thanks so much for taking time to reply. I was thinking of first renting and then observing the area before making a deposit for a purchase. But the rents are quite pricy these days and the houses are grabbed so quickly. I wonder if it’s bcos the university is starting for the new batches from mid February and also if people are moving these days due to the new school year. Or in your opinion has the rental market always been in demand?? 


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I think it's been pricey for a while. It has very much been marketing itself as the perfect 'tree change' destination and there are lots of people who have relocated from Sydney. Compared to those prices they can get a lot for their money! Also there are a lot of heritage style properties that go for a high price. With the university and new hospital being there, there are plenty of young people/professionals looking for rentals so there is high rental demand. We bought land there (which we still have), but about 10km out of Orange and that was a good price but mainly because it's not suitable farm land.

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8 hours ago, Bear2015 said:

. I was thinking of first renting and then observing the area before making a deposit for a purchase. But the rents are quite pricy these days and the houses are grabbed so quickly

In my experience, rentals have always been hard to find in country towns and cities, and they've always been expensive. 

The reason is that in Australia, investors buy property for capital growth.   Historically, property in the big cities has shown great capital growth whereas in the country, there's been little or none. So if investors do buy in the country, they charge higher rents as that's their only chance at profit.  Plus, of course, scarcity means higher rents too.

The current interest in tree changing/remote working is causing a big spike in interest on top of that.

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On 06/02/2021 at 04:36, Marisawright said:

In my experience, rentals have always been hard to find in country towns and cities, and they've always been expensive. 

The reason is that in Australia, investors buy property for capital growth.   Historically, property in the big cities has shown great capital growth whereas in the country, there's been little or none. So if investors do buy in the country, they charge higher rents as that's their only chance at profit.  Plus, of course, scarcity means higher rents too.

The current interest in tree changing/remote working is causing a big spike in interest on top of that.

Thanks Marisa,

That makes sense. I will have to be more proactive with my decision making.😀


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