5.7 out of 10

Forbes

Ranked 6th best suburb in Central West
-33.38223 147.99995
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Mar 19, 2016

"The only thing it has going for it is Quiet."

I have been living in Forbes for 11 years, and I can say one thing, there's no work. I wouldn't recommend this town to anyone for multiple reasons. The first, being that the town has little to no recreational amenities for adults or teenagers, it has a few pubs at best, and an RSL. The second being the town is filled with drug trafficking and drug abusers, the drug of choice being ice, crystal meth. These people will steal from you, as they have done me. Thirdly, the shopping here is exceptionally limited, mostly small businesses with big prices, no real options or variation. The good points this town has, is that it's quiet, a decent place to retire, but not a good investment for one's future. Parkes, the neighbouring town, is a far better option all round, if you're into the country lifestyle but you don't want to sacrifice shopping leisures.
Pros
  • Quiet Living
  • Down to earth people (where you can find them).
Cons
  • Needs shopping complex
  • Drug paraphernalia everywhere.
  • High crime rate.
  • The town is too quiet for any real expansion.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Forbes - best city in the west"

Forbes is a great town with plenty of opportunities for the investor or resident. It has great shopping, heaps of parking and gorgeous parks within a short walking distance from town. On the whole the town is well laid out and fairly flat and an easy walk. There is a huge brand new Woolworths in town with plenty of parking. Investment within the rental market is very good and there are quite a few real estate agents in town. Great shopping and some amazing little cafes in town. Hospital is near by and good medical facilities. Forbes is a country town but its not a country town with nothing to offer. Why not make the move....you wont regret it!!!
Pros
  • Friendly People
  • Lots of green area
  • Quiet Living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
SandyE
SandyE Hi Kazz
We could be moving to Forbes from Sydney at the end of the year and I was wondering if you could recommend a good school in the area? Also, are there enough things to do for/with the kids? How do you occupy your weekends etc?
Any information you could share about the town would be much appreciated.
Thanks, Sandy
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live"

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to Invest or Live"

Great affordable homes,in a friendly and quiet community.
Great place invest as well,as the house prices are low,the vacancy rates are low,and the rent covers the mortgage repayments.
Pros
  • Quiet Living
  • Friendly People
  • Lots of green area
Cons
  • Needs shopping complex
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"not a great place"

Forbes is a very unfriendly place, there is little to do for adults and even less to do for teenagers, I would not recommend Forbes for new people to this town, it has an aging population as young people move away for employment as there is little here for them and for a better lifestyle. Forbes is a great place if you don't care how the council treats you, if you don't mind having very little to do and you like being unemployed. There have been very bad reports about the schools here as there is a great deal of bullying and not enough teachers. The TAFE has very few courses, no short courses for adults and business here is not good especially for new people to the town as the locals will not support people they don't know. I currently live in this town, I have 2 children and I will be moving next year so that my children can be educated and be in a place where they are treated well.
AtypicalI
AtypicalI An excellent review, and an accurate one. The other reviews posted on this page seem to be dramatically overwhelming, pushing points this town simply doesn't have. I too plan to move from Forbes, because ultimately, the town is still hostile and unfriendly. Thank you for your honesty, it's something this site direly needs, instead of these pushers implying it's a far better place than it is.
Mar 19, 2016
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