Inland northern NSW - Lightning Ridge & Walgett area

Teach and make a difference in Lightning Ridge & Walgett

The name ‘Lightning Ridge’ is synonymous with the glittering black opals that have made the area famous worldwide. Yet there is so much more of value to discover in this area, which offers the priceless benefits of a peaceful environment and stress-free living.

The Lightning Ridge and Walgett area embraces friendly communities while many sporting and recreational pursuits are on offer. Home to some 30 plus different nationalities, it is a culturally rich and diverse place to live and work.

Take advantage of the proximity of the Narran Lakes to watch the abundant birdlife, throw in a fishing line or relax in the warmth of the hot artesian baths.

If you’d like to relocate to an area where the cost of living is affordable, this is the spot for you. Housing prices in the area range from $70,000 to $250,000 for a three-four bedroom home while the average rental three-bedroom home ranges from $150-$230 per week.

Schools in the area are dedicated to the delivery of quality learning and play a key role in the local community.

Enhance your career while making a difference in the lives of students. Working in one of the local schools, you could also be eligible for a rural teacher incentive with a value of $25,000 to $30,000 per annum plus additional training and development days and more.

It's a multicultural area which is unique in western New South Wales. There’s an interesting mix of people. It's a very supportive community where people are never left to struggle alone. The community is very innovative and very self-sufficient. They make things happen. - Kerry

What is it like to live and work in the Lightning Ridge & Walgett area?

The Lightning Ridge and Walgett area is located on the Castlereagh Highway on the north south route connecting Sydney and Brisbane.

  • The Walgett Shire has two digital cells; one in Walgett and the other in Lightning Ridge. In a large proportion of the Shire, mobile phones do not work
  • Check availability of NBN at your address here.

Benefits and incentives

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Contact us

For more information regarding rural and remote benefits and incentives please contact EdConnect.

  • Existing employees of the department, phone 1300 32 32 32 (select option 3) or log an online enquiry.
  • New applicants to the department, phone 1300 30 04 98.
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