Places to live and work

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The picturesque state of New South Wales boasts an abundance of vibrant cities and major regional centres that are home to diverse and thriving industries. Beyond the cosmopolitan borders of Sydney, the state's capital, you will find the major coastal cities of Newcastle and Wollongong, as well as  many other attractive regional centres.


Sydney financial district

One of the world's great cities, Sydney is the prosperous and multicultural home of 5.1 million people1. Famous for its high quality of life, Sydney is Australia's principal business and financial hub and leads the country in a range of sectors, including the digital economy, manufacturing, professional services, research and education, and tourism.

Sydney's central business district is situated in the city's heart, alongside the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Other major business centres are dispersed around the city, including North Sydney and Macquarie Park to the north, Parramatta in the west and industrial hubs in and around the city's south.

Sydney's residents balance a dedicated work ethic and often long hours with an open office culture and lively after-hours socialising. In addition to high-value jobs, Sydney offers sunny beaches, spacious parks, a rich cultural calendar, a thriving hospitality scene and welcoming locals.

For more information, read about living and working in Sydney.


Newcastle area

Newcastle is a major regional city, located just a two-hour drive north of Sydney in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region. This coastal city is home to around 171,280 people2, with the greater Newcastle area – which incorporates Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Barrington Tops and Port Stephens – home to 732,0003.

As one of the largest ports in the world, Newcastle has a booming local economy and its industrial and manufacturing heritage has expanded to include other sectors, such as agriculture, education and health.

The city's tourism industry is also flourishing, with Newcastle Airport one of the state's fastest growing regional airports. Newcastle's retail and hospitality sectors continue to expand and offer increased business opportunities, particularly in the city centre.

Novocastrians – the residents of Newcastle – are known for valuing genuine, hard work as much as they are renowned for their famed surf culture.

Previously voted one of the world's top 10 cities, Newcastle boasts a strong beach culture, emerging arts scene, friendly locals and a relaxed lifestyle.

For more information, read about living and working in Newcastle.


Wollongong coastline

Wollongong is a thriving coastal city with a population of around 204,0004, just a 90-minute drive south of Sydney. It is the urban hub for the greater Illawarra-Shoalhaven region, home to 405,000 people5.

Wollongong is recognised as one of Australia's foremost manufacturing and industrial centres. Its continually expanding economic base encompasses a range of industries, including education, health, hospitality, information technology, retail, telecommunications and tourism.

The recent revitalisation and development of Wollongong's city centre has spurred increased activity and business opportunities in the local construction, retail and hospitality sectors.

Located on the picturesque south coast of NSW, Wollongong is surrounded by unspoilt beaches and national parks. Residents are known for their strong work ethic, as well as for their love of the great outdoors. They can often be found swimming, surfing, cycling or hiking at the end of a long work day.

For more information, read about living and working in Wollongong.

Regional NSW

Poplar lined road

Regional NSW spans a vast area of 800,000 square kilometres and is home to more than 2.7 million people6.

NSW's regional areas are underpinned by robust and diversified industries, from mining and agriculture to manufacturing and tourism. The state's major regional centres and business districts have their own unique sectors and local economies.

New business opportunities abound in high-growth industries such as aquaculture, biotechnology, communications, renewal energy, sustainable building products and viticulture. As in all areas, regional NSW's work culture varies dramatically between industries and regions – but from friendly factory  floors to open office environments, residents are skilled and hardworking.

NSW is an area of vast demographic and geographic contrasts. Sunny beaches hem the coastline, national parks sprawl inland, snowy alpine peaks and ski fields are located in the state's south and the arid Australian outback lies to the west. The people are just as diverse, with over 200 different languages  spoken in NSW – more than in any other Australian state or territory. For more information, read about living and working in regional NSW.


1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, What's driving population growth in Australia's cities?, 24 April 2018

2. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 3218.0  Regional Population Growth, Australia

3. NSW Government, NSW Budget 2017–18 regional overview

4. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 Census QuickStats – Wollongong

5. NSW Government, NSW Budget 2017–18 regional overview

6. 3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2016-17