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Oberon
New South Wales
Oberon Oberon Street 003.JPG
Oberon Street, the main street of Oberon
Population: 2459
Postcode: 2787
Elevation: 1,113 m (3,652 ft)
LGA: Oberon Shire
County: Westmoreland
State District: Bathurst
Federal Division: Calare
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
16.8 °C
62 °F
5.2 °C
41 °F
842.9 mm
33.2 in

Oberon is a town and local government area (see Oberon Shire) in the central tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. The main industries are farming, forestry and wood products. The town usually receives snowfall during the winter months, owing to its high altitude. At the 2011 census, Oberon had a population of 2,459 people.

It is the birthplace of Greens politician Bob Brown, Ken Sutcliffe, former Penrith Panthers player Mark Booth. Oberon is located near Jenolan Caves and the Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

History

Fish River Creek Post Office opened on 1 January 1855 and was renamed Oberon in 1866.

Culture

Fishing is a pastime possible at Lake Oberon and The Reef Reserve. Oberon also has a golf club off Hume Street.

Oberon is known for its two inns, the Big Trout Motor Inn and the Highlands Motor Inn.

South of the town is Lake Oberon, Oberon Dam and the Fish River. There is a picnic area at the dam and a reserve with walking tracks near the lake.

Rugby league football coach Craig Bellamy started his playing career with Oberon's team in the 1970s.

Transport

From 1923 to 1979, Oberon was served by a branch railway line noted for its very steep 4% gradients and very sharp 100 m radius curves. Following closure, that line was allowed to fall into disrepair, but has been under restoration by the volunteer organisation Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway since 2005.

Access

  • From Bathurst it is around 49 km south along the sealed O'Connell Road.
  • From Great Western Highway near Hartley it's around 50 km along the sealed Jenolan Caves and Duckmaloi Roads.
  • From Goulburn it's around 140 km along the sealed Goulburn-Oberon Road.

Climate

Oberon has a subtropical highland influenced (Cwb) oceanic climate (Cfb) with mild to warm summers, cool to cold winters averaging 0 to 9C and evenly spread rainfall throughout the year. Frosts occur regularly during autumn, winter and spring. Because of its elevation, several snowfalls can be expected each year during winter. On an annual basis, Oberon receives 80.8 clear days.

Climate data for Oberon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.0
(96.8)
34.5
(94.1)
32.6
(90.7)
25.0
(77)
23.1
(73.6)
17.1
(62.8)
16.8
(62.2)
20.2
(68.4)
25.6
(78.1)
30.1
(86.2)
35.2
(95.4)
35.0
(95)
36.0
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) 24.8
(76.6)
23.7
(74.7)
21.5
(70.7)
17.1
(62.8)
13.1
(55.6)
9.4
(48.9)
8.7
(47.7)
10.3
(50.5)
13.7
(56.7)
17.0
(62.6)
19.8
(67.6)
23.2
(73.8)
16.8
(62.2)
Average low °C (°F) 10.8
(51.4)
11.2
(52.2)
8.9
(48)
5.3
(41.5)
2.5
(36.5)
0.8
(33.4)
-0.4
(31.3)
0.3
(32.5)
2.3
(36.1)
4.8
(40.6)
6.7
(44.1)
8.9
(48)
5.2
(41.4)
Record low °C (°F) -0.5
(31.1)
1.7
(35.1)
-2.2
(28)
-4.0
(24.8)
-6.3
(20.7)
-8.5
(16.7)
-8.7
(16.3)
-7.2
(19)
-5.8
(21.6)
-2.8
(27)
-2.5
(27.5)
-3.0
(26.6)
-8.7
(16.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 80.6
(3.173)
61.3
(2.413)
66.1
(2.602)
57.4
(2.26)
60.6
(2.386)
79.2
(3.118)
70.8
(2.787)
75.5
(2.972)
67.4
(2.654)
78.4
(3.087)
71.4
(2.811)
73.8
(2.906)
842.9
(33.185)
Avg. precipitation days 7.8 7.5 7.8 7.5 8.7 11.4 10.7 10.5 9.2 9.4 8.0 7.5 106.0

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