Make a Country Change to Murrumbidgee

The Murrumbidgee townships have the infrastructure, amenity, safety and sense of community perfectly suited for a successful ‘country change’.

Business and Lifestyle opportunities are great in our safe and secure communities where country values and warm welcomes await the country-changer.

The Murrumbidgee economy is small but dynamic. Agricultural production, manufacturing and services are bucking regional and rural trends in terms of employment and contribution to the local economy.

Over the past five years Murrumbidgee has had the fastest employment growth in the Riverina-Murray region.

The median age of the Murrumbidgee population is falling and levels of volunteering are higher than State and regional averages. This makes Murrumbidgee a great place to live, work and play for families through to retirees.

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Samantha Star, Economic and Tourism Development Officer

1300 676 243

35 Jerilderie Street / PO Box 96, Jerilderie NSW 2716

Living & housing

Median house price


$130,750 in 2016

$165,000 in September 2017


$103,000 in 2016

$153,500 in September 2017

Rent average

$150 pw (2016 Census)




Summers in the Murrumbidgee Catchment are relatively hot, with average maximum January temperatures of 30°C.

On average, the catchment area experiences 5–20 days above 35°C and 1–3 days above 40°C each year. Winters are mild averaging around 12%.


Distance from cities

Murrumbidgee is around 640 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, and 420 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD.

Darlington Point – 35km to Griffith, 150km to Wagga Wagga

Coleambally – 67km to Griffith, 173km to Wagga Wagga

Jerilderie – 89kms to Deniliquin, 165km to Wagga Wagga, 161km to Albury

Health & Medical

Health and medical services

  • Murrumbidgee Council offers good access to Medical Services in all three townships.


Education options

  • There are State and Catholic Schools options in each township including Coleambally Central School (k–12) while Jerilderie can jump a bus to Finley. More details below.


Recreation options

  • Murrumbidgee Council is well serviced in each township.


Career opportunities

  • Agriculture is the main employing industry with prospects for seasonal work, high. There is large Scale PV Solar Farm construction which drive prospects for trades and services, along with self-employment opportunities.

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Health & medical

Murrumbidgee Council offers good access to Medical Services in all three townships.

Medical practices and pharmacies are located in each township. Jerilderie has a hospital with adjacent independent aged care facilities at Balmeringa Units.

Coleambally has excellent independent and supported living facilities at Cypress View Lodge.


Primary schools

State Schools in each township, Catholic Schools in Coleambally and Jerilderie

Secondary schools   

  • Coleambally Central School k-12 Coleambally
  • Jerilderie- bus to Finley

Murrumbidgee Council is well serviced in each township.

Football/Netball, squash bowls, tennis, pistol shooting and equestrian facilities are distributed throughout the Council area. Public pools oper5ate in summer in each township.

Excellent river-based recreation and fishing can be found on the Murrumbidgee River and the Billabong Creek


Darlington Point: Altina Wildlife Park

Darlington Point: Murrumbidgee River Fishing Boating Camping

Jerilderie: Ned Kelly History and Heritage precinct

  • Agriculture is the main employing industry
  • Prospects for seasonal work are high- harvesting cotton, rice, olives, almonds and prunes
  • Large Scale PV Solar Farm construction will drive prospects for trades and services over the next three years
  • Self-employment opportunities leveraged off the 7000 traffic movement per day on the Newell are high in Jerilderie. Demand for trades and services will increase with new housing estates constructed at Jerilderie and planned for Coleambally and Darlington Point

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