Known colloquially as the ‘Gateway to the Outback’, the township of Nyngan is the major centre of the Bogan Shire.
Spanning approximately 14,610 square kilometres, the Shire also includes the villages of Girilambone, Hermidale, Coolabah and Nymagee and has a total population of just over 3000.
With Nyngan’s location at the junction of the Mitchell and Barrier highways, the main access to the Bogan Shire is via road. The Shire is also home to the geographical centre of NSW at the Five Ways intersection.
There is a return bus service operating daily to and from Dubbo connecting with the XPT rail service to Sydney and chartered flights are also available.
The main waterway is the Bogan River and the Shire has traditionally been one of the state’s most productive agricultural areas for wool, cattle and cropping production. In recent years, the local economy has diversified to include mining and renewable energy.
Climate: Winter – 3- 18 degrees
Summer: 25 – 45 degrees
Life in Nyngan and surrounds offers the best of town and country. The farming community is very close-knit and the townspeople enjoy comfortable country living alongside the beauty of the bush. Recreational activities include fishing, camping and a range of sports and facilities for golf, tennis, dancing, cricket, football, little athletics and equestrian pursuits along with watersports such as boating, skiing and canoeing. There is also a shared pathway alongside the Bogan River which is popular with cyclists, walkers and joggers.
Housing in Nyngan ranges from cottage style dwellings to larger family homes with the median for a 3-bedroom house priced at $200,000. Rental accommodation ranges from $200 to $350 per week. Rural farmland starts from $250 per acre to purchase.
Agriculture and mining are the main sectors in the Bogan area, with Bogan Shire Council and Tritton Copper Operations the largest employers in the district. Health and professional services are growing industries and the addition of new infrastructure such as the Nyngan Solar Plant has recently added employment opportunities to the area.
The Bogan Shire has both daycare and preschool facilities, five primary schools along with secondary and further education providers. There is also a mobile preschool unit called the Bogan Bush Mobile which visits outlying areas of the Shire.
Nyngan’s medical needs are catered for by the new Bogan Shire Medical Centre and the Nyngan Health Service which acts as a multi-purpose health centre incorporating a hospital and nursing home complex. There is a network of other health professionals including two private doctors and a dentist along with museums, swimming pool facility and town library.
Nyngan is very community-minded and events include a Christmas light and rural letterbox competition, carp muster fishing competition, seniors’week concert and the annual Nyngan Show, Ag Expo, Duck Creek Races and NAIDOC Week events.
A Iroquois 1022 helicopter in Vanges Park, Nyngan is a permanent reminder of the courage shown by townspeople during the flood of 1990 when the Bogan River burst its banks and washed over the town. Other attractions in the centre of town include the Nyngan and District Museum, The Big Bogan and Mid State Shearing Shed paying homage to one of the district’s main sectors.