Central West NRM region

Regional summary

Map of the region

The Central West region covers 92 200 sq km from the central tablelands around Oberon, Bathurst and Rylstone to the western plains around Nyngan, Brewarrina and Coonamble. Biophysically the region covers a wide diversity of landforms, vegetation species and communities. Soil types throughout the region also vary considerably, ranging from robust durable soils to very fragile soils. This creates significant management issues for erosion control, nutrient management and salinity management.

Agriculturally, the region is highly diverse, which adds to the complexity of natural resource management issues. Grazing industries dominate the eastern highlands and western plains, and there is extensive winter cropping on the central west slopes and inner plains; intensive viticulture and horticulture around Mudgee, Orange and on the Bell River floodplain; and irrigated cotton and other summer crops on the Macquarie River floodplain. Forestry industries based on softwood plantations in the eastern highlands and native hardwood stands (mainly white cypress) on the plains are also important. Mining activities are carried out in the eastern highlands (gold, copper, coal) and on the western margin (copper, gold, base metals).

Biodiversity summary

Biodiversity summaries and species lists for the Central West region have been produced by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts using the Australian Heritage Assessment Tool.

For information visit: Biodiversity summaries and species lists for natural resource management regions 


The Central West Catchment Management Authority manages this region.

For more information visit: www.cw.cma.nsw.gov.au