Inland northern NSW - Far North area

Image: Boggabilla Central School student. Peter Green

Close to the Queensland border, the far north area of NSW includes the local government areas (LGAs) of Moree Plains, Inverell, Gwydir and Tenterfield. From farmlands of wheat, barley and cotton to verdant valleys and pastures, this area covers a diverse landscape that is both picturesque and productive.

The Moree Plains LGA includes thriving rural communities that enjoy the best of the inland lifestyle with modern conveniences and services.

Endowed with natural resources, the Inverell area is home to dynamic and creative communities while the Tenterfield area is defined by natural beauty with many national parks close to town. Here, you’ll also find an array of sporting, musical and social groups.

Steeped in history, the Gwydir Shire features many heritage-listed buildings and attractions. Take the family for a stroll along the banks of the Gwydir River, climb up to Batterham Lookout or enjoy water skiing in the Copeton Waters.

Lifestyle affordability is one of the far north area’s key strengths with average house prices and rentals far lower than those in city areas. Living the good life here means no expensive taxi fares for a night out, no searching for a car space, no traffic jams and no long queues at the supermarket.

Enhance your career at a local school – you could also be eligible for a rural teacher incentive with a value of $20,000 to $30,000 per annum and so much more.

Towns include:

Locals really welcome newcomers. It's a fun-loving, supportive and warm community.
- Wendy

What is it like to live and work in the Far North area?

Mungindi, Boggabilla, Tulloona and Boomi can be accessed via Moree and Narrabri.

Yetman, Bonshaw, North Star and Mingoola can be accessed via Moree, Tamworth, Armidale and Glen Innes.

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Benefits and incentives

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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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